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- Sexual abuse: The shame and pain of men and boy survivors*Matthew* (26), is a Cape Town-based copywriter who was sexually abused by his domestic worker. The abuse began when he was eight years old and ended two years later. “My mother would work long hours and would get back home late. Sometimes I would be dropped off from school by… Read more »
- Masks off: The day most of us have been waiting for in SASouth Africa has ended all COVID-19 restrictions, including having to wear masks indoors. Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla said the drop in daily cases and a decline in reported deaths and hospitalisations led to the decision. “Having monitored the positive direction for more than three weeks, we concluded that the… Read more »
- Is justice a reality for GBV survivors in South Africa?At least 150 people rape cases are reported to the police daily in South Africa. According to the Medical Research Council, only one in nine cases are reported, so the real number could be closer to 1500 cases. Of the reported cases, fewer than 30 will make it to court,… Read more »
- DTG: Millions yet to lay hands on new HIV drug in SADespite studies proving that the new HIV treatment drug – dolutegravir (DTG) – is highly effective at suppressing the virus in the body with fewer side effects, millions of South Africans remain on the old efavirenz regimen. In 2019, the National Department of Health began replacing efavirenz with the dolutegravir… Read more »
- Healthcare workers under siege at SA’s public facilitiesHealthcare workers (HCWs) are going from caregivers to victims of violence at the hands of patients across the country. Doctors and nurses, particularly from Gauteng, have reported being slapped, scratched and kicked while on duty. A junior doctor recalled the horrors of a recent attack. “While working in Baragwanath Casualty,… Read more »
- Eyes closed to increasing number of avoidably blindSouth Africa runs the risk of an added barrier to achieving its national goals if it continues to close its eyes to the increasing number of people who are avoidably blind. Cataracts and uncorrected refractive errors continue to be an under-reported barrier to education, employment, and health. In a world… Read more »
- Crime in SA: Healthcare workers carry a heavy burdenWith healthcare workers having barely survived the wrath of COVID-19 for almost two-and-a-half years, there is nowhere to hide when an ongoing stream of crime victims are admitted to hospitals. Murders, rape, and gender-based violence (GBV) are a part of daily reality in the country. And now, trade unions representing… Read more »
- Egg donors: Debunking myths and what you need to knowGiven that at least 15% of SA couples experience fertility problems, experts give the lowdown on egg donors and what the process entails. They also debunk some common myths surrounding fertility and the donation of eggs. Based on 2020 data, South Africa ranks 84th on the global total fertility rate… Read more »
- June16: Our youth are struggling with mental health problemsYoung people in South Africa have been struggling with the burden of mental health problems associated with poverty, disrupted learning, unemployment and even the Covid-19 pandemic. Mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression concern young adults. These issues require the attention of education institutions, bursary providers, student and youth… Read more »
- Ijuba: KZN residents turn to traditional beer to cure ulcersSome members of rural communities in KwaZulu-Natal are convinced that a traditional beer known as Ijuba, can cure ulcers by drinking at least two glasses daily to ease the pain. They have taken to social media as well as word of mouth to spread these revelations to their friends and… Read more »
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