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An agonising choice: go deaf or die!

by James Thabo Molelekwa. on September 16, 2016 in News, OurHealth, Public Health & Health Systems Like other Multi Drug Resistant TB patients, Linah Choene (23) faced a terrible decision: either give up her treatment and die, or continue with it and go deaf. Two years later, Linah has lost more than just her hearing. […]

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Free State hospital hard hit by strike action

by Bontle Motsoeneng on September 15, 2016 in Health Management, News, Public Health & Health Systems An ongoing strike at Monapo Hospital in Qwa Qwa in the Free State is not only set to continue, but other hospitals in the area are now threatening to join the action. Workers at the large government hospital began […]

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Breastfeeding’s protections last into old age

by Amy Green on September 15, 2016 in Breastfeeding, Diabetes, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), Obesity,Reproductive Health Recent research suggests that breast milk can protect newborns from developing obesity and diabetes later in life. A mother breastfeeds her baby in Guinea. (Credit: UNICEF/ Flickr) The benefits of breast milk to protect infants from infection and death have […]

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Bolata Clinic now operating for 24 hours, a blessing to the community.

by Bontle Motsoeneng on September 14, 2016 in News Residents of the Qwaqwa Maluti-A-Phofung area in Witsieshoek in the Free State are thrilled that their local Bolata Clinic has been upgraded to a 24-hour facility. Bolata Clinic is a government clinic that has not only been upgraded and improved, but now deals with TB and […]

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KZN teenager pushes for organ donor awareness as he waits years for a heart and lung transplant.

by Sandile Mbili on September 13, 2016 in Emergency Medical Services, News, OurHealth A Durban teenager, who has been waiting for years for the transplant surgery he desperately needs to live a normal, healthy life, is pinning his hopes on organ donor awareness campaigns. Thousands of people gathered in Durban for a Proud 2b an […]

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The battle over ‘healthy’ food

by Kerry Cullinan on September 12, 2016 in Obesity There is a huge global battle – often covert – over what constitutes healthy food. But civil society organisations in countries like Mexico are taking on the propaganda of ‘Big Food’ – and winning. It’s easy to buy junk food. “Healthy food?” It’s hard for ordinary […]

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SMS service helps nurses help mothers

by Amy Green on September 10, 2016 in Maternal health, Nursing, Reproductive Health, Women’s Health The NurseConnect text message service can help health workers take better care of mothers. Launched in May, NurseConnect the text message service for nurses who take care of pregnant mothers is hoped to engage health workers and improve the country’s […]

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HIV counsellor arrested for stealing ARV’s from clinic

by Cynthia Maseko on September 8, 2016 in News, OurHealth, Public Health & Health Systems A lay counsellor working for the Department of Health at the Kanyamazane Clinic outside Nelspruit in Mpumalanga appeared in court this week on allegations of stealing medication from the clinic.   The man, who claims to be an HIV activist […]

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Moms with HIV set to get connected

by Amy Green on September 8, 2016 in Children’s Health, HIV Prevention, Maternal health, News, Reproductive Health MomConnect delivers text messages to women, with information geared towards their stage of pregnancy – and soon pregnant women with HIV will be able to receive specialised messages. As part of the SMS service MomConnect,expecting mothers receive helpful […]

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International support for sugar tax mounts

by Amy Green on September 8, 2016 in Diabetes, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), Nutrition, Obesity The World Public Health Nutrition Association pledges support for the proposed tax which it said is important for the health of the population. Cola splash. Credit: Roland Lausberg/flickr.Amid growing protests from the soft drink industry, the World Public Health Nutrition Association, […]

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