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.
Our monthly column profiling the realities of rural health is back as we follow another community service doctor through her year at a rural hospital. In her first entry, our doctor settles in to her new home but it is not long before she is in the deep end.
Hearing her mother’s voice for the first time in five years brought tears to her eyes, writes tuberculosis (TB) activist Phumeza Tisile just weeks after cochlear implants restored the hearing multidrug-resistant TB treatment took from her.
Bloemfontein recently came to a standstill as community health workers (CHW) and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) marched to the magistrate’s court in support of 118 health workers arrested in July last year.
City of Cape Town warnings that it will seek to clarify legislation around e-cigarettes and hookah pipes is a responsible move, writes Dr Dominique Stott, executive for medical standards at the Professional Provident Society financial services company.
South Africa’s Constitution is one of just 20 in the world that recognises the right to food, but realising that right will mean re-thinking agriculture and re-connecting with the source of our food, writes Busiso Moyo with the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute think tank.
With the majority of South Africans still denied affordable access to quality healthcare, it’s time to find a faster track to deliver universal health coverage, writes Metropolitan Health CEO Dylan Garnett.