EASTERN CAPE – While thousands of South Africans are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplants, it remains a difficult task to convince rural black communities to donate organs because of their cultural beliefs.
Two types of conditions can spell death in South Africa’s rural areas, and I just diagnosed a patient with one of them, writes a rural doctor in the latest installment of our Rural Reflections blog.
When a 12-year-old girl slides onto your operating table for a caesarean section, it’s hard not to ask how she got here – and the answer seems to lie somewhere in the distance between cities and villages and in the family planning gap between the “have’s” and “have not’s”
As public debate rages about whether there are or are not antiretroviral (ARV) stock outs in the county, our rural doctor and blogger reminds us what three letters and ARV stock outs really mean.
Our monthly column profiling the realities of rural health is back as we follow another community service doctor through her year at a rural hospital. In her first entry, our doctor settles in to her new home but it is not long before she is in the deep end.