For the last decade, everyone living and working with AIDS has been preoccupied with securing access to life-saving drugs. Now that just under a million South Africans are on ARVs, there’s a new frontier in the fight against the virus: Safeguarding the human rights of people living with HIV.
In June 1999 Thabo Mbeki became president. And so began one of the most destructive episodes in our recent history ‘ AIDS denialism. Mbeki questioned the very existence of a sexually-transmitted virus that caused AIDS.
Teen-retrovirale middels is wondermedisyne. Dis ses jaar terug by staatshospitale landswyd ingebruik geneem. Dit red lewens en verhoog lewenskwaliteit. Danksy die middels, is MIV en VIGS nie meer ‘n doodsvonnis nie.
It’s been almost 15 years since we voted for all South Africans to have equal access to government services…to have dignity and a better life. To have treatment for life-threatening illnesses. But every now and then, as journalists, we step into corners of the country where apartheid and its indignities remains alive and well. Where the services that government has designed to improve our lives just CAN’T reach.
Would you believe that world-wide, 2 in 5 people don’t have access to safe sanitation!? Today in our series on EVERYDAY HEROES ‘ people who make a difference in their part of the world ‘ we visit a doctor and a nursery school principal who are playing their part to promote good hygiene.
A five part series that was aired on Morning Live in the run up to World AIDS Day explores the lives of ordinary people who deal with a life that seems to get more complicated every day. EVERYDAY HEROES. How do they make ends meet and make healthy choices? How have they managed to keep their families together and healthy? What lessons have they learned in the process? What can we learn from them?
Today in our series on EVERYDAY HEROES, we have a story of immense sadness and courage. The story of a father who was determined to keep his family together despite enormous odds. Without food, safe sanitation or the means to keep warm this part winter, staying healthy was almost impossible for him.
If you hear the term ‘Person Living with HIV’ — do you call to mind images of someone who is sick, depressed and anxious? Well, then you will be delighted to meet Pholokgolo Ramothwala. Health-e will follow Pholo’s story.
Welcome to CAPETOWN ‘ the seat of a government that for many years confused it’s people about the best ways for treating HIV. Vitamins, olive oil, lemon and beetroot, and a number of traditional therapies were promoted over scientifically proven life-prolonging anti-retroviral treatment.
On 29 of August, doctors, scientists, researchers, politicians and administrators gathered for a morning celebration at Coronation Mother and Child Hospital. The role-players gathered to announce the highly successful initial findings of the multi-therapy prevention of mother-to-child-transmission programme that was introduced some seven months earlier.
Nokwayiyo Racasa is a former teacher who lives in Gugulethu on the Cape Flats. If you’d seen her five years ago, you would not have recognized her. She was thin; she often got sick; she had no energy.