Home > News > Public Health Public Health Here’s what the latest health review reveals about the relationship between South Africa’s youth and healthcare Young people make up about a third of the population, but healthcare services are not designed for their needs. WATCH: What if we could read minds? How telepathy would change the world WATCH: What if everyone had superpowers? No radical changes for WC health as new department head is introduced The Western Cape Department of Health will get a new Head of Department, Dr Keith Cloete by April, but it seems there will be no radical changes to the strategic direction and work of this department. Meet Salome Maswime, the trailblazing woman appointed as UCT’s new head of Global Surgery Associate Professor Salome Maswime is a dreamer who is reimagining patient-centred healthcare. Health in 2020: Eight questions facing SA For all the promising dust that has been kicked up, there is still very little to show for the new dawn when it comes to healthcare - maybe 2020 will be the year when the dust settles, and we see just how much has or has not changed. Hospital-level care in your home? It could be the future A new study found that many patients could receive the care they need at home – where they could likely sleep better, move around more and almost certainly get better food. Child Gauge: From surviving to thriving, child’s rights in focus South Africa still has a long way to go towards making healthcare services child-friendly. Tzaneen gets its first Down syndrome centre After struggling to find help for his brother living with the condition, a Limpopo man has decided to do something about it by establishing his own Down syndrome centre. Fewer baby deaths at this Gauteng hospital: This is how they did it Amidst concerns over rising neonatal deaths in some health facilities in Gauteng, at least one hospital, Leratong Hospital, has a good story to tell. Telling the complex story of ‘medical xenophobia’ in South Africa The experiences of non-nationals in South Africa’s public health care system are more complex and varied than implied by the dominant discourse on 'medical xenophobia'. NHI Bill could be law by August - if all goes according to plan If all goes according to plan the NHI Bill may just be on the President’s desk to be signed into law by July or August next year, according to portfolio committee chair Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo. The revival of wheelchair basketball in Botshabelo Thabo Ntsoeu has never been able to walk, but this hasn't stopped him from being a sportsman. He's committed to reviving a wheelchair basketball team in Botshabelo. #NHIPublicHearings: KwaZulu-Natal has polarised views on the Bill While many showed fervent support for the proposed legislation, the parliamentary committee had to deal with scepticism over the funding of the National Health Insurance (NHI). WATCH: Researchers uncover bacteria's drug defense system Drug-resistant bacteria are a global concern, but researchers believe that a new discovery could one day lead to new drug design that can better treat infectious diseases. 10 of the most bizarre health stories of 2019 Some health headlines can be really gruesome. Here are some of the weirdest news stories that grabbed our attention this year. How South Africa can build a child-centred health care system Children’s right to health is paramount: here's what needs to be done to build a child-centred health care system. A quarter of SA children's hospital deaths linked to severe malnutrition A new report details how the country’s law reforms and health systems impact children’s rights to healthcare. SA’s children surviving but not thriving Factors affecting early childhood development are well known in the health sector. They cannot easily be exaggerated or discounted. Ailing health system in spotlight at OR Tambo NHI public hearing The Eastern Cape is the fifth province where the public have had the opportunity to have their say on the NHI Bill. EC mental health unit needs facelift, says PSC In a report released today, the Public Service Commission has described seclusion rooms at an Eastern Cape mental health unit as akin to 'apartheid secluded prison cells'. Activist struggles to find reparation following 'intersex' surgeries An activist for the rights of lesbian, transgender and intersex people opens up about her struggles following the sexual organ surgeries she underwent as a child. load more articles advertisement Live healthier Lifestyle » E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places. Allergy » Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.