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Bara serves patients rotten food 07.12.2012
Food services staff at Chris Hani Baragwanath (CHB) Hospital have claimed that patients are often served rotten and contaminated food and food preparation guidelines and menus designed by dieticians are ignored.
Hospice gives hope 31.10.2012
OurHealth. - Tumi (not her real name) was at death’s door when her grandmother carried her on her back to the Golden Gateway Hospice in Bethlehem, in the Free State. Story by Thamsanqa Majola.
Surviving on an empty stomach 30.10.2012
OurHealth - Nombulelo Manala Lubhelu (45) of Lusikisiki-kwaGqwarhu location has taken the tough decision of declining lifesaving antiretrovirals (ARVs) because she is simply too poor to buy food and does not want to take her medication on an empty stomach.
Coca-Colonisation has arrived – Noakes 20.07.2012
Sport scientist Professor Tim Noakes continued his controversial stance yesterday, stating that dietary advice fed to the public for the last few decades are part of a conspiracy to promote higher consumption of corn-based products that are harmful to human health.
Easing hunger pangs
Living with AIDS # 504 23.02.2012
Serving breakfast and lunch daily to children from a number of primary and high schools surrounding Tsogang Setjhaba in Chiawelo, Soweto, goes a long way to alleviate their hunger. For some of the children, lunch will be their last meal for the day.
Cardiovascular patient profile changing 20.02.2012
The face of cardio- vascular disease is changing. It has moved from a disease affecting mostly white males to one that affects younger, black people. This is largely due to lifestyle choices.
No quick fixes to healthy weight loss 30.01.2012
Looking your best and losing weight always seems to be a priority for the new year for many South Africans. But with so many weight loss plans around, choosing the correct and healthy weight loss programme is crucial.
HIV and good nutrition 05.12.2011
Good nutrition helps keep your immune system strong and it’s especially important for people living with HIV, as it enables them to better fight the condition.
Ending hunger to reach MDGs 20.01.2011
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have committed to working together to reduce child stunting in Eastern and Southern Africa in an effort to reach the UN Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
Minister tackles nutrition 18.03.2010
Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi says there is a need for a road map for food and security in order to identify the various factors associated with over and under nutrition in South African households. Download speech here.
SA has a weighty problem 14.03.2010
South Africa is sitting on a malnutrition time bomb – which has seen people either being severely over- or underweight, top nutrition expert Professor Demetre Labadarios has warned.
Love, care and vegetables 10.03.2010
Lush food gardens set up by an Oxfam partner have been a lifeline for communities in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe, in the recent economic hardships.
Preventing heart attacks 26.12.2009
It's that time of the year again when all of us indulge in all sorts of feasts, with little regard to what we eat. But, as you prepare your festive meals, be sure that what you eat is healthy for your dear heart.
Dispelling the ‘big fat myth’ 03.08.2009
Nutritional experts say it’s untrue that all dietary fats are bad. This was one of the topics of discussion at a recent conference of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS), in Johannesburg.
Food shortages threaten ARV adherence 27.01.2009
KENYA: (PlusNews) - Makueni District Hospital in eastern Kenya has recorded a significant drop in the weight of several of its HIV-positive patients in the past three months, which nutritionists ascribe to severe food shortages across much of the country.
Baby milk recalled after melamine scare 27.11.2008
The KwaZulu-Natal health department has ordered the withdrawal of two Nestle formula feed products following concerns over melamine contamination. However, Nestle has said their products are absolutely safe for consumption.
Saving the world's children 23.01.2008
Simple, affordable life-saving measures, such as exclusive breastfeeding, immunization, insecticide-treated bed nets and vitamin A supplementation, have helped to reduce child deaths in recent years, according to UNICEF’s The State of the World’s Children 2008 report.
War diverting money from the real issues 12.10.2007
The cost of wars in Africa over the last 15 years could solve the HIV/AIDS crisis, prevent TB and malaria, or provide clean water, sanitation and education for the continent, an Oxfam report has found.
Gates dangles $100-m ‘carrot’ for scientists 09.10.2007
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has dangled a U$100-million carrot in front of scientists, especially those in Africa and Asia, who may have “creative, unorthodox ideas” that could lead to breakthroughs against some of the greatest health challenges facing poor countries.
Child sanctuary ‘bursting at the seams’ 11.09.2007
The middle-aged woman struts down the dusty road, ducks beneath a mango tree and weaves her way through colourful playground equipment.
A denim skirt flutters around her ankles, the ever present mountains from which she often draws spiritual strength, form a dramatic backdrop to the setting for Holy Family Care Centre at Ofcolaco.