With the celebration of World Breastfeeding Week in August, South African mothers are encouraged to donate their breastmilk to others, as it is a key intervention that can save the lives of at-risk low birth-weight infants.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on pharmacies across the country in the face of a contraceptives shortage which has plagued parts of South Africa for almost 18 months and counting.
Women in Limpopo are desperate to get their hands on two types of injectable contraceptives which have been in short supply for over a month. One patient has deemed the situation a ‘disaster’ which the provincial department of health reckons will be.
Life as we once knew it changed forever last March as COVID-19 kicked in. Working from home, virtual meetings and home schooling soon became a norm for mothers already carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders trying to cope with motherhood during lockdown.
Studies show that the dapivirine vaginal ring offers new hope as an additional HIV prevention option for young women in Africa, lowering the health risk factors associated with HIV infections.
According to the Commission for Gender Equality’s latest report on forced and coerced sterilisations in South Africa, the practice is a direct attack on HIV-positive women’s constitutionally enshrined rights, and highlights flaws in public health’s informed consent procedures.
Despite liberal abortion laws in many countries, anti-abortion US policy has forced NGOs worldwide dependent on US dollars to curtail their family planning, pregnancy services and information they provide to patients, according to a report given exclusively to Health-e.
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.
Many South Africans don’t earn enough to afford healthy foods and end up with ‘lifestyle’ diseases like diabetes. Noma-Afrika is a domestic worker whose story illustrates that inequality permeates our diets too.
Obesity in South Africa is increasing by 70% in women and 40% in men – and we need to do something about it. This is according to the Department of Health, which reported the statistics on World Obesity Day this year.