Hospice offers care that focuses on alleviating pain of very ill patients, as well as providing emotional support and counselling to them and their families. Whilst many hospice patients are terminally ill, some are able to recover through the wonderful care they receive.
Tuberculosis is the leading cause of natural death in South Africa and over 10% of all new TB cases are drug resistant. One of the most important measures for controlling the spread of the bacteria is quick diagnosis and treatment. Revolutionary new testing technology may make this possible.
Breast cancer is the most common female cancer in South Africa, affecting approximately 1 in every 29 women. Whilst cancer cannot always be prevented, early detection does allow for a greater chance of a full recovery. In this insert Nosipho Mgoma shares her reality of breast cancer and shows that it can affect younger woman and if detected late, can have devastating consequences.
We all have the occasional mood swing or wake up on the wrong side of the bed some mornings. However as this insert shows, it is not just a simple case of good or bad days when your fluctuating moods are affecting your career and your relationship with loved ones. Tshidi Khumbane shares her experience of bipolar mood disorder.
Down syndrome is a chromosomal disorder that affects approximately 1 in every 800 children and results in mental as well as physical disability. As this insert shows, information is the key to not only accepting your child’s condition, but also in being able to provide the specific care that your child needs.
Almost 1000 new cases of leukaemia are diagnosed every year, most of these in children. Treatment involves replacing the diseased bone marrow, with new, matching bone marrow from a donor. This insert shows 11 year old Rahul Singh who is still unable to find a match.
Cheating, mistresses and having more than one partner might sound very sexy and intriguing. But beneath the surface lies a dangerous web of sexual partners which is leading to the rampant spread of HIV/AIDS.
All children are guaranteed the right to education in South Africa. However children with more specific education needs are sometimes forgotten on the sidelines. There are only 9 schools for children with autism in the entire country. This insert,looks at the challenges faced by a school for autistic children in Johannesburg.
On World TB Day, Health-e News brought you the story of Nerissa Pather ‘ a young doctor crippled by the multi-drug resistant TB Meningitis. After that report aired on Special Assignment, the MEC for Health in Kwa-Zulu Natal visited the family and has promised to ensure that she gets compensation.