This report by the African Palliative Care Association discusses the benefits of palliative care for women living with HIV and provides some case studies of real women who have had experience of palliative care.
While South African women are less likely to smoke than men, ladies often smoke more cigarettes per day than guys. Health-e brings you eight facts you might not know about women and smoking.
In 1996, when South Africa returned to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the country made a resolution that declared violence a public health priority. But violent crime still remains endemic, with women and girls especially at risk.
The rape of girls and women remains a major concern in South Africa, and the health care sector needs to be better equipped to collect evidence to prove sexual violation to help secure the conviction of perpetrators by the courts.
Most women still find it difficult to negotiate safe sex with their partners. The problem is even more prevalent among women who are economically dependent on men. Some institutionalised social and cultural norms also fuel the challenge.
The mortality rate in South Africa is decreasing. But more men than women continue to die due to natural causes, with Tuberculosis and pneumonia being the two leading causes of death. This is according to Statistics South Africa, which recently released its report on mortality and causes of death.
Thirty years into the HIV epidemic, women of the world are still at a higher risk of contracting HIV infection than men, although the latest figures by the United Nations show that overall infection levels have dropped significantly over the last 10 years.