Charter to improve healthcare

Bill targets unhealthy food ads

Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has published new draft regulations which will make it harder for manufacturers to make health claims about their foodstuffs and beverages and prohibits the advertising of junk foods to children under 16.
Personal crisis help services

Spotlight on depression, anxiety

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group is launching Teen Suicide Prevention Week, in an effort to reach out to troubled young people and reduce the number of suicides.
'Multiple sex partners driving HIV'

‘Multiple sex partners driving HIV’

Multiple concurrent partnerships in which consistent condom use tends to be low, combined with low levels of male circumcision, are the key drivers of HIV/Aids in southern Africa, according to a new report.

Operation Smile comes to SA

The KwaZulu-Natal department of health and international volunteer organisation Operation Smile have embarked on a free corrective surgery campaign that will give children and young adults born with facial deformities such as cleft lips and palates a new lease on life.
Personal crisis help services

SMS help for teens in distress

Teenagers feeling depressed or suicidal can now reach out for help by SMS. Skilled counsellors from the South African Depression and Anxiety Group will be on hand with help, information and practical advice - and teens in crisis will never get a "busy" signal.

South Africans ‘more STI savvy’

South Africans are increasingly aware of the dangers of sexually transmitted infections and the need to inform their partners and seek treatment when infected, says the Department of Health.
The 46664 Aids volunteer guide

The 46664 Aids volunteer guide

The Nelson Mandela Foundation and 46664 campaign have launched a booklet to help volunteers in the fight against HIV/Aids.

Anti-retrovirals give life: doctors

Wits University's Faculty of Health Sciences has come out strongly in support of anti-retroviral therapy (ART) for HIV/Aids. Faculty doctors working with patients on the government's ART programme in Gauteng hospitals describe the results as "dramatic and unequivocal".
HIV/Aids: things we should know

HIV/Aids: things we should know

A major new study on HIV/Aids makes a number of findings South Africans should know about, including how pregnancy and male circumcision can affect transmission, and the importance of getting tested. But the key finding is this: if you think that you, or your children, are not at risk of contracting HIV, the chances are you're wrong.
Closing in on total asbestos ban

Closing in on total asbestos ban

South Africa is a step closer to phasing out the production, sale and use of asbestos, a mineral known to cause fatal lung diseases.

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