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Shock at the death of 94 mental health patients

27 February 2017

The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, is shocked and horrified at the death of 94 mental health patients in Gauteng and calls for immediate action to protect persons with mental disabilities under South African and international law. The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria is shocked and...

Savings in mental health care costs lives

24 February 2017

With 94+ patients dead and more displaced, the Health Ombudsman calls for justice. The release of the Health Ombudsman, Professor Makgoba’s report into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of mentally ill patients in the Gauteng province has triggered an outcry. Attention has been focused on the horrific treatment of mentally ill patients after the closure of...

#OperationRehab offers hope to 1,000 disabled South Africans

24 February 2017

In South Africa, a company’s CSR initiative is offering hope to thousands of people living with disabilities. According to a Statistics South Africa report based on the last census, over 2.8 million people have some form of disability in South Africa alone and around 600,000 are listed as severely disabled. The first beneficiary of #OperationRehab has returned to South Africa with...

Anti-malaria pesticides causing congenital disabilities

23 February 2017

Research by the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP ISMC) has discovered that conventional methods for controlling malaria (DDT and other common insecticides) leads to endocrine disruption, which means that it interferes with hormones in the human body. Worldwide, the use of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, of DDT is controversial. “DDT is known to potentially cause health...