The Third Public Health Conference was successfully held from the 16th to the 17th May 2006 at the Eskom Convention Centre, Midrand. The theme of the conference was Making Health Systems Work with two sub-themes that were decreasing the burden of disease and increasing equity, effectiveness and efficiency. The conference was co-hosted by PHASA, the Gauteng Department of Health, the University of the Witwatersrand School of Public Health, Health Systems Trust, the International Epidemiology Association (IEA) and INCLEN Africa.

Personalise HIV and Aids, Says Aids Activist

Not personalising HIV and AIDS perpetuates the myth that the disease is not your problem but someone else's problem, says HIV positive AIDS activist Lucky Mazibuko. Our biggest challenge as South Africans is that we have not been able to personalise AIDS and we only get involved when we are affected and infected, said the activist who also runs a column in one of the biggest daily newspapers, Sowetan.

Mixed attitudes towards condom use

SPRINGS, 23 May 2006 (PLUSNEWS) - A conversation with a group of mini-bus taxi drivers in Springs, about 50km east of Johannesburg, revealed a mixed set of attitudes and behaviour when it came to condom use and HIV. The men were the targets of a condom distribution and awareness-raising programme run by the Save Our Loved Ones Foundation (SOLOF), a local NGO.

The 3rd Public Health Association of South Africa Conference: Making the Health System Work

PHASA is pleased to announce that the Third National Conference will be held from the 15th - 17th May 2006 in Gauteng. The conference will be co-hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand, Gauteng Department of Health and Health Systems Trust. This conference brings together public health professionals working in all disciplines to share research findings on issues pertinent to population health in South Africa and the region.

Course Administrator

Closing date: 12 May 2006

The Department of Public Health at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine is seeking to appoint a Course Administrator for a fixed term period of one (1) year, this is a full day position.

Obesity in developing countries

A new pandemic of obesity and the accompanying non-communicable diseases has created a double disease burden on the health services of many resource-poor countries, where the challenge of infectious diseases like HIV and TB has far from disappeared.

Native African vegetable growers had the right idea

Women harvesting pigweed to be sold at a taxi/bus rank in South Africa. Native African vegetables show promise in fighting one of southern African's biggest challenges - malnutrition. Current statistics show that millions of pre-school and primary school going children suffer from this condition. Some of the symptoms of malnutrition are bulgy stomachs, reddening of hair and retarded growth.

Malnutrition causes economic loss, half of all child deaths

It has long been known that malnutrition undermines economic growth and perpetuates poverty. Yet the international community and most governments in developing countries have failed to tackle malnutrition over the past decades, even though well-tested approaches for doing so exist. The consequences of this failure to act are now evident in the world's inadequate progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and toward poverty reduction more generally.

Intellectual disability month

March is Intellectual Disability Awareness month. The South African Federation for Mental Health, of which Cape Mental Health is an affiliate, will embark on an awareness campaign highlighting the Human Rights of people with Intellectual Disability. Intellectual Disability is caused by brain damage or poor brain development, which causes people to learn and to develop slower than others.

Development efforts must include family planning

Development projects designed to improve maternal and child welfare in Africa may incur unexpected costs associated with increases in family size if they do not include a component of family planning, according to new research from the University of Bristol.