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/ 14 June 2007

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 place, the country faces an "unstoppable wave of child mortality", paediatricians have warned. The knock-on effects for the future of South Africa’s youth, and therefore the economy, could be dire.

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/ 5 September 2006

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 Hospital’s infamous ward 20. While hospital staff and provincial government officials are at pains to point out that it is a hospital, it resembles a prison, with its bleak buildings, visitor body searches, the sounds of clanging steel gates and burly security guards.

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/ 28 August 2006

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 white, government-monogrammed sheet as the paramedics lifted him on to another trolley. He tried to raise his arms; his hands and forearms, thighs, chest, back and feet were wrapped in thick, white bandages.

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/ 26 August 2006

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 that has uplifted the community and averted massive nursing vacancies. ”We realised that our staff must be our most important asset and that we would need to invest in their training and development if we wanted to retain our current staff and attract new members,” said former nurse Liesl Strauss.

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/ 13 October 2005

Rath ‘successes’ admit to using ARVs

Two HIV-positive women presented to the media in June by the Dr Rath Health Foundation as examples of how its vitamins can reverse Aids have admitted that they were on anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs all along. Meanwhile, the foundation is in the process of expanding its programme to the Eastern Cape.