The HJ Breast Clinic is a place where a multitude of medical and social disciplines look at the whole of the patient during treatment. The idea is a health system that treats its patients as whole beings and not just a collection of diseased organs – and imagine if more medical professionals gave of their time.
Rural health care workers in South Africa are a hardy, dedicated lot. They travel great distances and often have to make do with what they have at hand. But it also gives them a close bond with their patients and an insight into treating the whole person. These challenges make them better doctors, says Rural Doctor of the Year Jenny Nash.
Health goes hand-in-hand with a quality life. Nelson Mandela was one of the most outspoken visionaries when it came to the health and wellness of the world's citizens. Today, his legacy lives on in the foundation named for him, and the hospital being built in his honour.
Pressure has been eased on Soweto's massive Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital with the opening of the Zola-Jabulani District Hospital, a multimillion-rand state-of-the-art facility. It adds to the growing number of first-class services turning the once neglected township into a vibrant economic hub.
It has been a long time in the making, with much fund-raising undertaken and more still to go, but the ground has finally been broken to build the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital. It is Madiba's last and fondest wish, and will be a living testament to his legacy.