African health ministers held to account for their AIDS plan

Ministers of Health and representatives from 21 sub-Saharan African countries most hit with new HIV infections in children were summoned in Geneva to report on their plans to achieving zero new HIV infections in children by 2015 and find ways of stepping up action. The meeting, which came in the sidelines of the ongoing World [...]

Situation in Syria detoriates further, at least 90 killed in massacre in province of Homs (VIDEO)

A report by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon paints an alarming picture of a situation in Syria that is further detoriating day by day. Groups fighting President Bashar al-Assad now control “significant” parts of some cities and there is “considerable physical destruction” across the country, it says. “There is a continuing crisis on the ground, [...]

Child Labour & recycling of batteries

Black dust resulting in carbon black tattoos. Fiction or reality? Toxic heavy metals resulting in 94 symptoms. True or false? WHAT’S IN A BATTERY? There are two different types of batteries: primary and secondary. The chemical reactions that occur in primary batteries are irreversible, the stored energy can be used only once making the battery disposable. [...]

The Costs of AFCON 2013

South Africa will be hosting the African Cup of Nations, the biennial African football competition that will be changing from even to odd-numbered years in 2013. In many ways this is probably good news — South Africa has the best infrastructure in terms of stadiums and roads, it has the media facilities and the wherewithal [...]

South Africa: New class of medication to offer new hope for people living with diabetes

Revised national guidelines for the treatment of type 2 diabetes will allow doctors to prescribe a new class of medication which avoids the side effects of weight gain and hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) associated with some of the conventional diabetes treatments. The first line of defence in the battle to control type-2 diabetes is still [...]

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