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30 Mar 2017 description

Pretoria – Friday will see Government launching the National Strategic Plan (NSP) for the next five years, on HIV, Tuberculosis (TB) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).

Cabinet approved the five-year plan, which will guide South Africa’s response to the HIV epidemic, STIs and TB, at its fortnightly meeting on Wednesday.

The plan, to be launched in Mangaung, in the Free State, draws on the vision of the United Nations programme of zero new HIV infections, zero preventable deaths associated with HIV and zero discrimination associated with HIV.

24 Mar 2017 description

By More Matshediso

Pretoria – The introduction of Delamanid, a Japanese manufactured drug, has ushered in new hope in the fight against multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in South Africa.

Delamanid, manufactured by pharmaceutical company, Otsuka, will initially be made available to 400 patients in South Africa as part of a clinical access research project.

20 Feb 2017 description

Seattle/Rustenburg – New analysis of data detailing the extent of sexual violence in the Rustenburg area, South Africa, indicates that one in five HIV infections (approximately 6,765 of all female cases) and one in three cases of depression among women (5,022 cases) are attributable to rape and intimate-partner violence (IPV), while one in three women inducing abortion (1,296 cases) was pregnant as a result of sexual violence.

18 Nov 2016 description

Pretoria - Gauteng MEC for Health Qedani Mahlangu has dispatched an outbreak response team to the areas surrounding the Jukskei River following the recent flash flooding and the subsequent bursting of the river banks.

This is in a bid to mitigate any potential water borne disease outbreaks.

The Jukskei River is one of the longest rivers in Gauteng and flows through several industrialised and semi-rural areas hence it is always heavily contaminated.

19 Aug 2016 description

Johannesburg - In a report released at the 1st South African National Conference on Violence earlier this week, MSF outlined startling levels of sexual violence in the large mining town of Rustenburg, low numbers of women reporting to healthcare services after rape, and numerous barriers to accessing post-rape care, including a lack of knowledge among women about the benefits of receiving urgent medical attention.

16 Mar 2016 description

POLICY BRIEF 82 | MARCH 2016

The large-scale delivery of evidence-based parenting programmes is key to nation building in South Africa. In order to achieve change, parents must participate in these programmes. This policy brief aims to contribute to an understanding of participation by exploring the barriers and facilitators encountered by a sample of parents who were invited to take part in one of two local parenting programmes. Recommendations to improve recruitment and retention strategies are provided.

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06 Feb 2016 description
report The Global Fund

PRETORIA, February 5, 2016 - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and a Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RCM) representing a group of 10 Southern African countries today signed a landmark grant to pioneer innovative models to reduce high rates of TB in the mining sector.

05 Feb 2016 description

Pretoria - Two more cases of typhoid fever have been confirmed in Gauteng.

The Gauteng Health Department on Tuesday said the cases were confirmed on Monday at the Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital in the Tshwane district.

“A 38-year-old Zimbabwean female patient, who resides in Centurion, came to the hospital last Thursday. She was confused on arrival at the hospital. She was referred from Centurion Clinic,” said the department.

The department said she had travelled home to Zimbabwe two weeks ago and had just returned to South Africa.

23 Apr 2015 description

XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS

Over the past two weeks the Red Cross has provided food relief and psychosocial support for displaced persons in Ethekwini. The Red Cross is now supporting 5 Xenophobic Sites in Ethekwini and Johannesburg for approximately 8000 displaced foreign nationals.

In Durban SARCS isproviding hot meals at all sites, clothing, blankets, psychosocial support and telephonic services for the vulnerable at all 3 camps in Westcliffe, Isipingo and Phoenix. The vulnerable from the Verulam and Greenwood park camps are being relocated to Phoenix.

22 Apr 2015 description

Johannesburg – A medical team from Médecins Sans Frontières, (MSF) has been responding to the health needs of displaced people for nearly a week now since violent xenophobic attacks in the KwaZulu Natal (KZN) province. The team provides basic medical care following needs assessments at three displacement camps, housing more than 5,000 people around the coastal city of Durban. A second team will soon conduct similar assessments in the Ekurhuleni region near Johannesburg.

24 Mar 2015 description

By Kate Seymour

Siphokazi Kosopi suffered intense discrimination after she was diagnosed with multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). However, with the support of her family and the South African Red Cross Society, she has become an advocate for acceptance and a mentor to other MDR-TB patients in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.

When she first fell ill in 2013, Kosopi did not know what was wrong with her. She had no appetite, had diarrhoea and was losing weight. Her family took her to a hospital where she was admitted and put into an isolated room.

31 Oct 2014 description
report IRIN

By Kristy Siegfried

JOHANNESBURG, 31 October 2014 (IRIN) - When Elise M’s* 18-year-old daughter tried to kill herself with an overdose of pills last year, the ambulance that Elise called took them to nearby South Rand Hospital, in the Johannesburg suburb of Rosettenville. But nurses at the hospital refused to admit her.

“They pointed to a sign on the wall saying non-South Africans have to pay R5,000, [US$457]” recalled Elise. “I offered my cell phone, but they said, ‘No, this is not a pawn shop.’”

23 Jul 2014 description

Johannesburg, 21 July 2014 – Thousands of refugee women risk their lives to escape places like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where their bodies have been sexually violated as a tool of war. They travel thousands of miles to reach places like Johannesburg, hoping to find protection and a new start.

19 Apr 2014 description

"This disease is for heroes. If you can fight this, you can stand anything in this world." Siyabulela Qwaka is the latest patient cured of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) project in Khayelitsha, South Africa. His story is an inspiration for patients currently fighting drug-resistant strains of TB.

25 Mar 2014 description

Hansika Bhagani, IFRC

When heavy rains hit the northwestern parts of South Africa in early March, few expected it to cause the devastation it has now inflicted. One of the worst affected areas is Limpopo province, where the rains fell for more than two weeks causing extensive flooding and landslides. Over 7,000 people in the Waterberg district of the province have had their homes flooded, belongings washed away and farms destroyed.