Home > News > Public Health Public Health OPINION | The decisive role nutrition should play in building the economy The children of today will be the grownups of tomorrow, and by neglecting especially their nutritional wellbeing, we are negatively impacting our own future economic growth. WATCH | 5 ways the coronavirus is changing daily lives WATCH | How coronavirus hijacks a body Competition Commission gets private healthcare reform ball rolling A year after the Health Market Inquiry report was released, there has been very little action in addressing the findings - but, there may finally be some movement. OPINION: Palliative care? But I’m not dying Palliative care has had a bad rap and is often underutilised because of a lack of understanding, writes Shivani Ranchod. Mental health: Are medicine shortages fuelling a shadow epidemic? Experts warn that amid the Covid-19 outbreak, the nation could see a “shadow epidemic” of psychiatric illness due to severe medication shortages. OPINION: Dietitians are more than salads and weight loss Nutrition is fundamental to health and wellbeing and as such dietitians remain committed to serve and protect the nutrition agenda of South Africa. Covid-19: Alcohol ban will increase ICU capacity, but is not a long term solution – experts say Evidence suggests that the reinstatement of the ban on the sale of alcohol will have a significant impact on trauma and hospital capacity in the coming weeks. Covid-19: Many adults going hungry for the sake of their children, new data shows Hunger has increased across the board under South Africa’s Covid-19 lockdown – and new evidence indicates that parents, especially mothers, are giving their food to their kids. OPINION | Cape Town’s community health workers deliver during Covid-19 pandemic The home-delivery of medication has meant that people who are more at risk of severe Covid-19 have not exposed themselves to infection on public transport or at health facilities in order to obtain their medication. Covid-19: Pandemic puts pressure on medicine supply In a survey of healthcare facilities conducted during the lockdown, The Stop Stock-outs Project (SSP) found that stock-outs were ongoing, particularly for ARVs, TB medicines, contraceptives and childhood vaccines. Opinion: Community-led monitoring is a breakthrough in our HIV response Thanks to community-led monitoring in South Africa, we now have the data to back up the stories we have all heard about – early morning queues that last all day long when clinics fail to open on time and then also close early, writes Anele Yawa and Lotti Rutter. Vhembe gets its first disability-friendly driving school While many villagers living with disabilities in rural Vhembe remain unemployed, an NGO based in the region aims to improve their chances of being employed by helping them acquire a driver’s licence. Woman loses baby after four days of labour at South Rand Hospital A grieving woman questions why hospital staff refused to perform a Caesarean section despite her pleas. What it's like: Being a midwife in South Africa While the word midwife conjures up images of old-fashioned births, the profession is still a vital part of modern health care. Spotlight spoke to a number of midwives, and those involved in training, about what it takes to be a midwife. NHI public hearings: Broken healthcare systems come to the fore Gauteng, the last province to host National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill public hearings, is NHI ready, according to the Gauteng Health MEC who sat down with us in an exclusive interview. But how do residents feel about the NHI Bill’s progress? Dr Keith Cloete - from District Six to Covid-19 engine room Dr Keith Cloete became head of the Western Cape Health Department on 1 April 2020, two weeks into South Africa’s Covid-19 lockdown level 5. Fear of Covid-19 has caused major disruption to SA healthcare Fear of contracting Covid-19 at congested health facilities is the primary reason for people not seeking needed care and defaulting on their chronic medication. Covid-19: Solutions proposed as shocking new child hunger numbers revealed Findings from a large survey reveal shocking statistics about the effects of South Africa’s Covid-19 lockdown on child and household hunger. Dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria may now lurk in US water and soil A bacterial infection called melioidosis, that most commonly kills through blood poisoning or respiratory failure, may now be contracted in some southern US states. Bacteria differ from your cellphones to your shoes Researchers analysed the DNA of bacteria gathered from the cellphones and shoes of nearly 3 500 people attending sporting events across the United States. Doctors blow whistle on medicines crisis in North West Doctors in North West Province say that only around half of the medicines on the province’s essential drugs list are currently available and that this is severely impacting the level of care they can provide. Ufrieda Ho reports. What the budget means for healthcare in South Africa Alicestine October buried herself in mountains of budget documents and spoke to the experts to figure out what Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s new budget means for health. Here is what she found. Grieving family sues government over negligence A family is suing the Limpopo department of health over the death of a woman after she gave birth at Kgapane Hospital. Family struggles to care for mentally ill relative As a Limpopo family battles to meet the needs of a relative who needs care, they are pleading for assistance from government. Budget Speech 2020: ‘The NHI is protected’ Despite budget cuts, Treasury says NHI pilot projects will be safeguarded. NHI public hearings: 'First fix the issues, then implement the NHI' While the majority of Gauteng residents want the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill to be implemented as soon as possible, they also want the government to not shy away from the serious healthcare system challenges the province faces. 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.