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Chronic lifestyle diseases strain South Africa’s health system
8 November 2013 (IRIN ), The explosive growth of chronic lifestyle diseases in South Africa has put even more strain on a health system already dealing with the double burden of tuberculosis (TB) and HIV. The increase in the number of people developing kidney failure - and the high cost of treating it - is just one example of this deadly trend.
A look behind the statistics of South Africa’s rape epidemic
1 November 2013 (IRIN ), Johannesburg’s glitzy shopping arcades, restaurants and leafy suburbs have come to represent the confident, successful face of South Africa. But there is also a violence here, underlined by the country’s rape statistics, that unites both the townships of the have-nots and the gated communities of the wealthy.
Healthcare in South Africa's Eastern Cape collapses
23 September 2013 (IRIN ), If you live in South Africa's Eastern Cape province and cannot afford private healthcare, you have probably experienced what activists recently described as a "broken, inhumane and collapsed" health system, where "accountability is nonexistent".
Analysis: Untangling China's aid to Africa
17 September 2013 (IRIN ), This year, the two most powerful men on the globe, presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping, both embarked on Africa tours, pledging to increase aid and investment and work with the continent to improve development.
Analysis: Behind China’s aid structure
17 September 2013 (IRIN ), China’s role as an aid donor has been met with wariness, both from aid experts and recipients. Confusion over the nature of China’s aid arises because the country uses multiple ministries and agencies to give money, has different strategic priorities than traditional Western donors, and does not release detailed reports about how much aid it provides.
Fewer infant deaths in a rural South African hospital
12 September 2013 (IRIN ), Mothers and children in South Africa are still dying in alarming numbers, and the country is among only a few worldwide where child deaths are rising. But a rural hospital in the Eastern Cape province has managed to drastically reduce infant mortality rates over the past six years, against the backdrop of a health system that is virtually at a standstill.
Loss of refugee status leaves many Angolans undocumented in South Africa
10 September 2013 (IRIN ), Many Angolan refugees living in South Africa have been left undocumented after a deadline for the cessation of their refugee status elapsed before they were able to secure immigration permits or exemption decisions.
Rethinking mental health in Africa
2 September 2013 (IRIN ), As African countries strive to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and plot a new development agenda thereafter, health experts are gathering evidence across the continent to make a case for a greater focus on its millions of mentally ill.
More support needed for South Africa's subsistence fishermen
22 August 2013 (IRIN ), Bobby Moodliar, 52, is one of thousands of subsistence fishermen trying to eke out a living from the waters around South Africa’s port city of Durban. Until a few years ago, he was able to support his entire family from the fish he caught in the city's harbour, which is regarded as one of the most important fish nurseries in the Indian Ocean and is home to salmon, shad, barracuda, and various species of migratory fish.
Why South Africa's land reform agenda is stuck
15 August 2013 (IRIN ), This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the South African Land Act, which restricted black people from buying or occupying land except as employees of white people. The Act gave white people ownership of 87 percent of land, leaving the black majority to settle in the remaining 13 percent.

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