A landmark conference hosted by the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (Wiser) this time last year introduced the “medical humanities” as a new, vibrant field of enquiry and aimed to develop its presence in South Africa (see Getting Ahead, Mail & Guardian, September 6 to 12, 2013).
last month, the University of Cape Town hosted the country’s second medical humanities conference.
This discipline is taking rot in South Africa because of a strong convergence of academic interests and a willingness to cross traditional disciplinary and faculty boundaries in pursuit of knowledge, as shown by the growing number of social scientists employed in the health sciences and external bodies such as the medical research councils.Read more
The Mpumalanga Pride match, organised by a lesbian group, the Highveld Heroines Forum, and Ermelo’s LGBTI Parents Forum, started in the tired-looking Mpumalanga stadium on the border of Wesselton, the township in Ermelo.
Images of liberation struggle leaders stared down from the stadium walls.
About 100 people, of all genders (though most were women), and dressed in everything from shorts and T-shirts to home-sewn finery, followed a truck covered in colourful fabrics through Wesselton.Read more
While the amount of financial assistance tot he least-developed countries in the world reached a record high last year, donor countries are still a long way from reaching their agreed aid targets, according to a UN report released yesterday.
Official development Assistance (ODA) amounted to $135 billion last year following two consecutive years of falling volumes.
This is $180 billion short of what was promised ti help developing countries reach the UN Millennium development Goals by next year.
The millennium targets include halving extreme poverty, halting the spread fo HIV/Aids, and providing universal primary education.Read more
City clinics are geared to embrace the mother and baby-friendly initiative.
City Health is on course to implement a breast-feeding restoration plan, with the aim of becoming more “baby friendly”.
The plan will be discussed in greater detail during a workshop at the end of this month.
The city of Cape Town’s health directorate is involved in a process to ensure that all of its facilities become “mother and baby friendly”.
The initiative is a worldwide project aimed at reducing infant deaths.Read more
Tomorrow is Global Female Condom Day and Wits University will join sexual and reproductive health and rights advocates around the world in a campaign called Dance4Demand.
The female condom is the only HIV, sexually transmitted infection (STI) and pregnancy-prevention option that is women-initiated.Read more
A Seattle judge has ordered a HIV-positive man to stop spreading the disease and to seek treatment after he infected eight people in four years, reports bbc.com.
The man, known only as AO, is required to show up for counselling and to protect future sexual partners.Read more
A mother of three who was infected with HIV by her boyfriend has gone public to reveal how he has ruined her life, mirror.co.uk reports.
Kara Wilkinson, 42, had a relationship with undertaker Alan Mason, 45, not realising that he knew that he had been diagnosed HIV-positive three years earlier.Read more