WORLD TB DAY: Although South Africa has the highest per capita burden of drug-resistant TB in the world, there are many barriers to addressing this – as one patient found out when it took doctors two years to diagnose him.
Northern Cape – The Northern Cape Department of Health has, along with the Department of Social Development, undertaken to conduct basic HIV training for guardians and parents of children living with HIV, after it has emerged that many are battling to know when and how to disclose the information to children.
NORTHERN CAPE – Nine-year old Tshepi* weighs 68,9kg and wears size 42 clothes. Her parents, concerned that she has also already started getting her periods, are worried that if she continues to gain weight she will not be able to enjoy her childhood.
NORTHERN CAPE – Women who have suffered miscarriages, stillbirths or are forced to undergo a pregnancy termination for medical reasons agree that the pain of losing an unborn child is unbearable.
Girls still in primary school are among the many learners who have become pregnant. This shocking update emerged during a consultative meeting facilitated by NACOSA, a network of civil society organisations working to turn the tide on HIV, Aids and TB.
NORTHERN CAPE – The recent discovery of a foetus dumped in a bin by a Gamagara municipal workers has highlighted the issue of young women failing to access safe abortions at their local clinics and instead choosing other harmful solutions.
NORTHERN CAPE – Fourteen year old Dineo (*not her real name), born with HIV and a member of the Future Leaders movement, says she hates teachers using her as the example when discussing HIV positive people at school.
Northern Cape – Teenagers attending a recent Girls Talk show held by civil society Sector Leader Masego Gaserekwe, who is also a training facilitator for FAMSA have admitted that social media is impacting badly on their lives.
Northern Cape – Difficult working conditions, poor community support, responsibilities far beyond their job descriptions – these are among the many issues driving teachers away from their jobs, particularly in rural areas.