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11 Jan 2017
 
 
How bucking climate change accord would hinder fight against HIV/AIDS
THE CONVERSATION
The potential withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement has broad implications for society and the environment. While much attention has concentrated upon melting glaciers,...
 
 
06 Dec 2016
 
2nd World Breastfeeding Conference put the spotlight on exclusive and quality Breastfeeding
What's On
The Department of Health in partnership with International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) and other partners will host the 2nd World Breastfeeding Conference.  The goal of the Conference is to...
 
 
28 Nov 2016
 
 
 
Fawu to march against sugar tax
SUGAR TAX
The Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu) will march to the National Treasury in Pretoria on Monday to protest against the proposed introduction of a sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) tax, or “sugar...
 
 
14 Nov 2016
 
Is Liquid Sugar Harmful?
OPINION
Assuming liquid sugar is more harmful than other sources of kilojoules, is misleading. There is consensus that obesity is a very serious health issue and being overweight or obese is a major risk...
 
 
10 Oct 2016
 
People in Africa are living longer but lifestyle diseases are rising
THE CONVERSATION
Malaria, HIV, pneumonia, and diarrhoea are the leading killers on the African continent, according to a recently released study looking at the burden of diseases across the world. In 1980 the list...
 
 
04 Oct 2016
 
HEALTHY ACTIVE RECREATION PROGRAMME ON NATIONAL RECREATION DAY 2016
What's On
South Africa today, like the rest of the world is facing a variety of challenges around obesity, cardiac disease, diabetes, respiratory ailments, an ageing population, an increase in sedentary...
 
 
27 Sep 2016
 
TAC: No more delays Minister Davies, we need medicines
STATEMENT
Today, more than 1000 activists from the Fix the Patent Laws campaign will march to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Pretoria. They are demanding that the DTI take urgent steps to fix...
 
 
02 Sep 2016
 
SAMA Trade Union: SAMA Trade Union calls for routine HIV testing
STATEMENT
The South African Medical Association Trade Union welcomes, with great appreciation, the progressive steps taken by the South African government, under the leadership of health Minister Dr Aaron...
 
 
25 Aug 2016
 
FMF: Garth Zietsman says sugar tax will be borne by the poor
STATEMENT
In his budget speech this year, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced a tax of 20% on high sugar soft drinks scheduled to start on 1 April 2017.  The idea is that soft drinks are unhealthy,...
 
 
23 Aug 2016
 
DA: DA submits comments on proposed Sugar Tax
STATEMENT
The DA has made its submissions on the proposed Taxation of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (SSBs), which was gazetted by National Treasury for public feedback on 8 July. The DA, in its submissions,...
 
 
05 Jul 2016
 
Cancer deaths increase in South Africa – IRR report
INSTITUTE OF RACE RELATIONS
A report published by the IRR has found an increase in the cancer death rate for South Africa for both men and women since 1994. According to the report, the death rate for all cancers increased...
 
 
17 Jun 2016
 
Stats SA: Stats SA to collect data for the South Africa Demographic Health Survey
STATEMENT
Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) urges the thousands of households sampled in the South Africa Demographic and Health Survey 2016 (SADHS 2016) to welcome fieldworkers into their homes as the...
 
 
15 Jun 2016
 
Sugar tax ‘may do more harm than good’
SUGAR TAX
Not only have so-called sugar taxes been proved ineffective elsewhere, but the new tax, which is due to come into effect in South Africa in 2017, could have a detrimental affect on society,...
 
 
13 Jun 2016
 
Why African genomic studies can solve the continent's health issues
THE CONVERSATION
Genomic research has proven to be a considerably valuable tool in global attempts to tackle disease. One crucial part of this research has been identifying diseases and health problems that are...
 
 
16 May 2016
 
SA: North West public servants serious about health and fitness
STATEMENT
Public servants in the North West province are taking the benefits of physical activities very seriously. Research has proven that physical activities can play a significant role in reducing...
 
 
 
                       
 
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