Tag: health care
Western Cape NGO Mamelani Projects works with the most disadvantaged communities. They help children raised by the state to make their way in the world.
A mobile clinic for Joburg's destitute northern townships is just one legacy of the sixth and latest Cape Town to Cairo roadshow, an annual event by Philips and its partners focusing on health and well-being in Africa.
In 2030, South Africa’s rural communities are able to fully participate in the economic, social and political life of the country. They enjoy good-quality education, health care, transport and other basic services. Successful land reform, job creation and rising agricultural production have created an inclusive rural economy.
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.
Drug makers are fighting attempts to change the patent laws in South Africa that would allow cheaper generics on to the market – life-saving medication to treat life-threatening diseases. There is precedent for the country, however, in a ruling by the Indian Supreme Court over the patent for cancer drug Gleevec.
Change will come to Africa if it educates its girls. Educated girls become women who earn more and have fewer, healthier children. They are able to raise themselves and their families out of poverty. Crucial to this education, is giving universal access to family planning and contraception.
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.