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Patient's Hospital Ordeal

A Pinetown resident whose right arm was slashed in an attempted hijacking last month now fears losing the use of his limb after he says indifferent hospital staff left the wound open for hours on end.
Riaan van der Westhuizen, 31, also says that he lay unattended in the casualty ward unit of RK Khan Hospital in Chatsworth before his heart stopped.

Only when his wife started CPR did her frantic screams gain the attention of medical staff, who rushed him into theatre.

About Our Kidneys

Ten thousand South African, men and women, young and old, will die of kidney disease or kidney failure every year. Others are luckier and can be treated by dialysis or a kidney transplant. There are also other kidney conditions which don’t require dialysis, but which adversely affect the lives of thousands of South Africans. All of these conditions require early detection, and many can be prevented.

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is commemorated each year on the 1st of December and is an opportunity for every community to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and remember those who have died.
 
The UNAIDS World AIDS Day theme for 2011 to 2015 is: “Getting to Zero”. This year, South Africa will focus on 'Zero Discrimination', without losing sight of the other ‘zeroes’; zero new HIV infections and zero AIDS related deaths. We call on all South Africans to join our Zero Stigma, Zero Discrimination campaign for World AIDS Day 2016.
 

HIV Vaccine Trial in SA

A new clinical trial is underway in South Africa on an experimental vaccine that could safely prevent HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

According to a statement from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the HVTN 702 is the largest and most advanced HIV vaccine clinical trial to be undertaken in South Africa, where some seven million people are living with the virus.

Gauteng Health Under Attack for Alleged Poor Treatment of Workers

The Gauteng Health Department has come under attack for the alleged poor treatment of Community Health Workers following its decision to award a tender worth R87 million to a company to manage the payment of about 7000 of these workers.  
 
Opposition parties in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature say the workers who receive a R2 500 stipend every month are underpaid while others go for months without being paid.   
 
In May this year a company called SmartPurse won a contract for 87 million to manage the payment of community health workers for three years.

Water-Wise Diabetics

WORLD Diabetes Day is on 14 November and according to the International Diabetes Federations’ Diabetes Atlas, more than three-quarters of deaths in Africa due to diabetes, were in people under 60 and in developing countries, including South Africa, and less than half of people with diabetes are diagnosed with the “black and Asian communities being at greatest risk”.
 

While type 1 diabetes is related to genetics, the most prevalent form, type 2, is a direct result of an unhealthy lifestyle and poor food choices.

Africa: We Can Lead the Way in Ending Aids, Malaria and TB

In September, world leaders pledged nearly US$13 billion to tackle some of the world's deadliest diseases through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria. In a time of significant global uncertainty and strife, this was a remarkable display of commitment to the health and well-being of the most vulnerable populations on the planet.

Water Crisis in South Africa

South Africa is a country located at the Southern Tip of Africa. About twice the size of Texas it is home to 49 million people. This country has been stricken by affects from the long standing apartheid to the devastation that diseases such as HIV/AIDS and TB have caused. Now another crisis looms in the distance: Water. As more and more people migrate into cities from rural villages the pressure for the city to meet the water demands is ever increasing.

Warning on Cancer Deaths Explosion

Two reports have warned of an explosion in cancer deaths among women, with a toll, mainly from breast cancer, of some 5.5 million per year by 2030 -- roughly the population of Denmark.

This represented a near 60-percent increase in less than two decades, said an analysis conducted by the American Cancer Society (ACS), released Tuesday at the World Cancer Congress in Paris.

As the global population grows and ages, the highest toll will be among women in poor and middle-income countries, it said, and much of it from cancers which are largely preventable.

Men and Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is usually associated with women, so when Thami Mabuza discovered a lump in his left breast, he thought it was a boil.

"I thought the boil would heal but months went by and it did not. I even forgot about the lump," Mabuza, 29, said.

"I was doing body building. So, one day, I realised that I had a pain on my left side. It was a lump. I have never met or heard of a man with breast cancer so I never thought it could be it," said Mabuza, a father of three from Cosmo City, Johannesburg.

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