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Phyllis Mbanje

Phyllis Mbanje

    Zimbabwe: Religious sects warming to modern medicine
    Zimbabwe: Religious sects warming to modern medicine
    Deep in the forest of Murambinda, in the Buhera district of eastern Zimbabwe, 16-year-old Netsai (not her real name) lies motionless, dizzy from...
    Mothers and babies at risk in Apostolic church ‘birth camps’
    Mothers and babies at risk in Apostolic church ‘birth camps’
    Deep in the forest of Murambinda, in the Buhera district of eastern Zimbabwe, 16-year-old Netsai (not her real name) lies motionless, dizzy from...
    Period pains can be debilitating, but they can also be treated
    Period pains can be debilitating, but they can also be treated
    Two weeks ago 35-year-old Thando Sibanda* lay motionless in her Hillbrow apartment as wave after wave of blinding period pains tore at her womb,...
    Get up, stand up, stand up for your cardiovascular might
    Get up, stand up, stand up for your cardiovascular might
    For over a decade James Levine, a researcher at the United States medical organisation Mayo Clinic, has been telling the world about the dangers of...
    Health-fad herb may reduce ARV efficacy, report warns
    Health-fad herb may reduce ARV efficacy, report warns
    A recent Canadian health department report suggesting that there could be a potential negative drug-herb interaction between the HIV drug Efavirenz...
    Your toilet is cleaner than the kitchen - health study
    Your toilet is cleaner than the kitchen - health study
    About 85% of bath sponges and cloths in South Africa are contaminated by the E. coli bacterium – more so than toilet handles, according to the...
    Extended drug roll-out is good news for prem babies
    Extended drug roll-out is good news for prem babies
    Premature births account for 50% of neonatal (within in the first four weeks of birth) deaths in South Africa, according to a 2012 United Nations...
    Most mentally ill South Africans won't be helped
    Most mentally ill South Africans won't be helped
    Of the 20% of South Africans who suffer from a mental illness, 75% do not receive the care they need. That's according to Fatima Seedat from the...
    Ebola 'hysteria' causes discrimination against patients - health dept
    Ebola 'hysteria' causes discrimination against patients - health dept
    The national health department says that the level of “hysteria” in South Africa around the deadly Ebola virus is “unprecedented” and has...
    Where there's smoke, there's fire
    Where there's smoke, there's fire
    "I wish I never smoked in the first place and moving over to electronic cigarettes [e-cigarettes] was my way of trying to kick the habit but my...
    Emergency: Stigma and neglect conspire against SA women
    Emergency: Stigma and neglect conspire against SA women
    Many South African women become burdened with unintended pregnancies because they are not aware of, or can’t access, emergency contraceptives,...