5 million people worldwide die of tobacco related diseases every year, which is one death every 10 seconds. Despite the crack down on smokers in South Africa through increased tax on cigarettes and restrictions on where they can smoke, few people take heed of the warnings that tobacco kills. In this insert produced by Fathima Simjee, Ken Newman, who was a smoker for over 50 years explains why he wishes he had never lit a cigarette in his life.
On Sunday 30th May, more than 23 000 runners took part in the Comrades marathon between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. One of the teams that participated was a group of HIV+ athletes. In this insert the runners from Positive Heroes explain the importance of showing that people with HIV are still able to achieve their dreams.
Depression has been directly linked to serious illness. According to the WHO, people living with HIV/AIDS are 4.4 times more likely to be depressed. Every time we laugh our body releases a cocktail of chemicals and hormones which give us a feeling of happiness. This insert produced by Fathima Simjee tells the story of Alice Phiri, who has used laughter therapy to help her deal with her HIV positive status.
South Africa has one of the highest TB rates in the world but a cure rate of only 54%. TB is often the first sign of HIV infection and is the leading cause of death in people living with HIV/AIDS. Health-e follows the story of Clive Maimela, and HIV positive man who had to struggle with TB.
In 2006, the outbreak of an almost untreatable form of TB in Kwa-Zulu Natal struck fear in the public health community. TB is an airborne disease which is spread by coughing, sneezing or ‘¦simply talking. It’s usually curable, but decades of a poorly run TB Control Programme has resulted in an explosion of new and lethal strains of drug resistant TB. Failure to curb infection has seen the number of TB case sky-rocket and among them are doctors and nurses.