A recent conference has called on the church to play an important and meaningful role in educating people about HIV/AIDS as well as offering much-needed support to people who are infected and affected by the virus.
Every 40 minutes tuberculosis (TB) kills one South African. Some 160 000 people are infected annually in South Africa and worldwide about eight million people suffer from the disease. Former head of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission, Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu contracted TB in 1947, spent nearly two years in hospital, but survived to tell the tale. Today he is part of a campaign to de-stigmatise TB and promote the principle that the treatment and cure of TB is a basic human right.
Februrary 19-25 is Pregnancy Education Week. In a nationwide campaign, the Department of Health is encouraging South African women to take part in antenatal classes as one aspect of ensuring that women experience a safe and healthy pregnancy.