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Anso Thom

Anso Thom

    Healthcare needs surgery if NHI is to work
    Healthcare needs surgery if NHI is to work
    Dr Aaron Motsoaledi rubbed his forehead and repositioned himself in his chair, leaning forward as if to make sure his point came across clearly:...
    Blame game gets Gauteng nowhere
    Blame game gets Gauteng nowhere
    Another day, another story about state patients dying and suffering. Another distressed letter from desperate health workers. Another call for action...
    Overfed and malnourished
    Overfed and malnourished
    South Africa's overburdened health and education systems will struggle to cope if the obesity and growth-stunting trends continue among young...
    HIV response: Simpler is better
    HIV response: Simpler is better
    About 1.4-million South Africans with HIV/Aids are receiving antiretroviral treatment -- a figure closer to the target set by the present national...
    'Rich-country' solutions -
    'Rich-country' solutions -
    An ANC task team headed by former director general of health Olive Shisana is trying to convince the ANC and government to implement a national...
    A looming 'wave of child mortality'
    A looming 'wave of child mortality'
    HIV is the driving force behind South Africa's high child death rates. Unless there is a concerted effort to put child survival strategies in...
    Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital
    Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital
    A narrow security gate and a sign proclaiming rules for visitors are the only indication that the steel gate is the entrance to Valkenberg...
    There's no room
    There's no room
    The young man briefly opened his bloodshot eyes and scanned the bleak, chaotic surroundings. His muscular body shivered uncontrollably beneath the...
    How to grow your own nurses
    How to grow your own nurses
    Almost 10 years ago, Eben Donges Hospital in Worcester acknowledged a looming nursing crisis and established a groundbreaking learnership programme...
    Western Cape tracks HIV rate by district
    Western Cape tracks HIV rate by district
    Two districts in the Western Cape, Khayelitsha and Gugulethu/Nyanga, have HIV rates touching 30%. This translates into at least one in four people...
    From the mouths of heroes
    From the mouths of heroes
    A group of youngsters brought a hush to Parliament's Old Assembly chamber this week when they spoke about their lives of poverty and hardship and...
    Long-distance doctoring
    Long-distance doctoring
    Sister Pierrette Rossouw's smile turns to a mock frown when she explains how she has ended up in the small Northern Cape dorp of Garies.