Could the lack of adequate counselling and mental health services in South Africa’s health facilities leave sexual violence survivors more vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and suicide? A new national study gives us the answers.
Three young intersex South Africans have decided to go public with their stories to bring awareness to the plight of intersex infants and children who are still currently receiving unnecessary operations in this country to make their sex characteristics fit the binary of male or female.
The level of rape in South Africa is comparable to a war zone. Health-e’s Izwi Lami campaign allows survivors to share their voices, access counseling services and campaign for change, all through a free SMS conversation.
Orange Farm – High levels of unemployment, poverty and HIV prevalence in Orange Farm township, south-west of Johannesburg, are contributing to increasing levels of domestic violence in the area.
LIMPOPO – The Ekuphumleni Restoration Home (popularly known as Thy Rest) is a shelter that is giving hope and offering second chances to women who are victims of sexual abuse, domestic abuse, rape, human trafficking and incest.
The Princess Campaign – a new project spearheaded by Jozi FM – aims to ensure that 651 Joburg schoolgirls between the ages of 12 and 15 no longer have to miss school because of their monthly cycle.
Lack of proper training on Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) leads to a high rate of accidental pregnancies within the first year of use. In South Africa as many as 600 000 women experience unwanted pregnancies due to contraceptive failure. Globally the rated of accidental pregnancies is 40%. This should not have to be.
Transgender people are one of the key populations identified as being at a higher risk of HIV – but they face stigma from society and healthcare workers. One transgender man explains why his community “needs attention now”.