Home > News > Public Health Public Health The good and the bad: Public psychiatric healthcare in SA While some strides have been made in mental health awareness and care in South Africa, there is still a long way to go. WATCH: What if we could read minds? How telepathy would change the world WATCH: What if everyone had superpowers? Country's worst clinic will not be rebuilt, merely renovated A community is dismayed that promises made by government to rebuild a clinic are not being fulfilled. The integral role of the pharmacist in the NHI The pharmacy profession plays a critical role in the National Health Insurance (NHI), says the department of health. Funds allegedly diverted from community projects to EVP programme A newly launched programme that should have been benefitting health care staff in South Africa has been marred by allegations of corruption. Best hospital cities ranking 2019 revealed – and African cities didn't make the list... we asked why Africa didn't feature at all on the list of best hospital cities in the world. We ask why. Free State clinic left to cope with double patient load and no water After a fire blazed through Vaalrock Clinic, the Brandfort community was forced to use the only clinic at their disposal, the Marantha Clinic – with far-reaching implications. Listeriosis: No new outbreak, annual cases actually below expected range A total of 87 cases of listeriosis were reported during the past year. While this number may seem high, it is in fact below what was expected. The project that’s generating an income for people with disabilities People living with disabilities are often isolated from the society, have difficulties being incorporated in mainstream economy, and accessing education. One centre is trying to change that. Forget long queues, the doctor will see you now - in your home Thought home visits by doctors were but a distant memory? The golden age of house calls is back – but with a slight twist. Medicine in motion: How this bicycle delivery system aims to get chronic meds to those in need Anyone who uses chronic medication understands that admin involved in getting it month-to-month. Now, in Mpumalanga, a bicycle delivery service is revolutionising the system. PODCAST | X marks the spot: Mapping our way to better health A small private healthcare clinic on a farm in Delmas is paving the way for better patient care using new data technology. Music credit: Driven To Success – Scott Holmes Organic farmer encourages youth to get into food gardening 'The health of the land is linked to people's health and future.' This is the ethos of Khaya Mposula, an organic farmer in the Eastern Cape. Can traditional healers fill South Africa’s mental healthcare gap? Psychiatric treatment is unaffordable and inaccessible for most South Africans, leaving many patients with no choice but to turn to traditional healers. But is this alternative an effective solution? Five things that the midterm budget tells us about the future of health South Africa spends about 8.5% of its gross domestic profit on health services. Child support grant: 'We sometimes go to bed on an empty stomach' South Africa’s child support grant – introduced in 1998 and currently at R420 a month – was intended to improve the wellbeing of young children by reducing malnutrition. More than 20 years later, it isn't working. Amidst water challenges, councillors train to remain healthy Morning exercise sessions are improving the health and wellness of Maluti-a-Phofung councillors. It also gives them an edge when dealing with concerns, such as the current water crisis. Second wave of hormone shortage a crisis in SA transgender community If the hormone depo-testosterone, commonly known as T, is not taken by transgender men, it can lead to mental health issues and in some cases even suicide. On-site residence facility to keep medical students safe The newly renovated residence facility solves numerous challenges faced in the health care sector in northern Gauteng. 'Imagine giving birth in the back of a bakkie in the middle of the road, in the rain' Residents in rural Limpopo are struggling to access health care services because of poor road conditions. What can be done to reduce gender-based violence? Limpopo-based non-profit organisations (NPOs) share solutions to lessen the alarming statistics in Vhembe. Village Clinic: The seven-year fight for a permanent clinic ends The community protested, activists threatened legal action, and a settlement was reached. Seven years later, the newly built permanent Village Clinic was opened. Families of deceased firefighters still looking for closure One year after the death of the three firefighters who died in a fire at the Bank of Lisbon building in Johannesburg, their families are still struggling to find closure. 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.