With non-communicable diseases (NCDs) accounting for almost half of all deaths in South Africa, the department of health has released a new strategy to curb rising rates of diseases such as diabetes, cancer and hypertension.
Over the past 15 years the Eastern Cape Health Department has deteriorated. Fraught with medicine shortages, equipment failures, huge staff vacancies, corruption and fraud, this timeline documents just some of the many problems surrounding this troubled province.
About nine women die every day as a result of cervical cancer in South Africa. A new, do-it-yourself test could help detect more cases earlier but it’s only part of the solution, experts warn.
South Africans like to drink. In fact, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), we are some of the biggest drinkers in the world. But, alcohol kills around 130 South Africans every day and well over half of all road accidents are caused by drunk drivers.