For hundreds of murdered South African women, the last face they see is a face they used to love. Almost 60 percent of women murdered annually may die by their partner’s hands but who is counting the women who die by their own hands when violence at home becomes too much, asks Garret Barnwell.
Holiday lights and decorations are already popping up across South Africa. As children anticipate gifts and a holiday from school, families and friends will gather for meals together to toast the season. Tragically, the cooking of food is actually a gateway to a leading cause of child death, writes Keith Klugman.
In rural areas, the distance between health facilities can span hundreds of kilometres often covered via poor roads. In places like these, the difference between a health care worker having cell phone reception or seeing the familiar “No service” on a cell phone screen can be a matter of life or death.
News child mortality data shows East and southern Africa are making the fastest progress on reducing child deaths – and this bodes well as the world ushers in new development goals, write UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and southern Africa Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala and Save the Children East Africa Director David Wright.
As public debate rages about whether there are or are not antiretroviral (ARV) stock outs in the county, our rural doctor and blogger reminds us what three letters and ARV stock outs really mean.
Thousands of rands have been spent promoting breastfeeding for babies, so why do we treat mums who do like criminals, asks Sizile Makola, who has started the #BreastfeedAnywhereAnytime social media campaign.
Helen Whitehead says Port St. Johns residents have little choice but to heap genetically-modified food onto their plates. She’s joined many in demanding better transparency about what’s on the country’s crops and plates.
The stream of media coverage about diets may suggest that the majority of South Africans are pre-occupied with the latest food fads. But what people choose to eat is more often dictated by class and their purses than clinical decisions about what is good for them, writes Thandi Puoane.