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Alcohol industry still calls the shots
Alcohol industry still calls the shots
It's past midnight in Montshiwa in the North West – and the shebeens are still open. Residents in the surrounding homes know that patrons...
Lessons from Thailand
Lessons from Thailand
These frequently asked questions about health promotion foundations help SA to learn from the Thai experience
Rationale for establishing a Health Promotion Foundation
Rationale for establishing a Health Promotion Foundation
Health promotion is a core function of public health. It is a cross-cutting, cross-sectoral and cross-disciplinary action applicable across all...
Vic Health: A global pioneer
Vic Health: A global pioneer
VicHealth was established by an Act of Parliament in late 1987. But it was not a rapid process. It had taken Dr Nigel Gray, the then director of...
The role of a health promotion foundation in SA
The role of a health promotion foundation in SA
Contrary to common belief, disease is a rather fluid concept influenced by societal and cultural attitudes that change with time and in response to...
Prevention matters for a healthier SA
Prevention matters for a healthier SA
Last month's United Nations session on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has finally alerted the world to the threat posed to social and economic...
Advertising fuels consumption
Advertising fuels consumption
It is a facet of human nature that if we recognize a problem and wish to change it, we wish to do so in a manner that requires as little change and...
How would ringfencing work?
How would ringfencing work?
Ringfencing is a concept that recently hit the headlines when a statement made by Minister of Transport Sibusiso Ndebele discussed the "finalisation of a proposed ringfenced multibillion-rand programme for the maintenance of South Africa's road -network". This means that instead of...
The economics of alcohol
The economics of alcohol
The alcohol industry makes a substantial contribution to South Africa's GDP, and not only through the wine export business, as is a widely-held...
Alcohol related harm
Alcohol related harm
If a pharmaceutical company produced an addictive drug that caused millions of deaths, millions more cases of disease and disability as a major...
The foundation of health care
The foundation of health care
The creation of a health promotion foundation is not only a strategy that will help people live healthier lives, but also contributes to cutting...
Alcohol levy is good for SA's health
Alcohol levy is good for SA's health
Over the past decade there have been numerous calls for an additional levy to be imposed on alcohol products in South Africa.

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