About one in nine South African tuberculosis (TB) patients are also living with type 2 diabetes, according to Stellenbosch University medical biologist Dr Katharina Ronache. Ronacher warns rising rates of co-infection could have consequences for treatment outcomes.
One year after the South African Human Rights Commission found the Eastern Cape had failed to uphold citizens’ right to emergency care, communities are still waiting for answers, writes Ntsiki Mpulo.
Two types of conditions can spell death in South Africa’s rural areas, and I just diagnosed a patient with one of them, writes a rural doctor in the latest installment of our Rural Reflections blog.
In a country plagued by endemic violence and social inequality, psychologists cannot constrain themselves to the four walls of consulting rooms. To meet the needs of its patients, psychology must rethink its identity and voice in the fight for social justice, writes Garret Barnwell.
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.