Trial Offers Hope for Child Cancer Sufferers

Neuroblastoma is a childhood cancer that affects around 100 children the UK annually. Neuroblastoma is also one of the most common childhood cancers in South Africa, and it can be very aggressive and hard to treat. In early 2017, Luke Bell from Darlington began falling asleep in his school lessons, prompting his worried parents to rush […]

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World Health Organization’s New Global Childhood Cancer Initiative MOST Welcome

Childhood Cancer is a global scourge! There is, however one MASSIVE difference – In rich countries, 80% of children with diseases like Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia(ALL) survive. In many poor countries, 80% die. While high-income countries such as the USA and Britain have made tremendous strides against A.L.L. and other similar childhood cancers, those gains have not […]

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NHI Bill Will NOT Fix SA Health Dept Problems!!

It seems that the underlying assumption of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, which seeks to force the public and private health systems into a hasty marriage, is that throwing money at the current Health Department Crisis will resolve all problems. In actual fact, nothing could be further from the truth, and in retrospect, the […]

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Brickbats & Bouquets for NHI and Medical Schemes Bills

A medical brain drain could be a consequence of the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill and the National Health Insurance Bill gazetted last week, says a Sunday Times report. Experts believe many doctors would reject the planned charging cap and some warned that the changes would drive doctors to emigrate, leaving the health sector worse off. […]

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WHO Commission Criticised Over Sugar Taxes in New Report

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Independent High-Level Commission on NCDs’ new report, Time to Deliver, called for urgent action against chronic diseases and mental disorders, the globe’s leading cause of death and ill-health, but failed to include a recommendation on taxing sugary beverages. Sugar and in particular sugar sweetened beverages are “leading drivers of the […]

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Jose Bates YOU are our Hero

The Comrades Marathon, aka The Ultimate Human Race, is an ultramarathon of approximately 89 km (approx. 55 miles) which is run annually in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. It is the world’s largest and oldest ultramarathon race. The direction of the race alternates each year between the “up” […]

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Thank You "Vlytige Hande"

Once again our wonderful ladies from Klaradyn Retirement Village in Brackenfell, who tirelessly work together in a group called “Vlytige Hande” which loosely translates as “Diligent Hands” or “Industrious Hands” spent their time knitting and crocheting for various schools and organisations in the Brackenfell area. Although the Little Fighters Cancer Trust is not situated in the […]

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Little Miss & Mr Winelands 2018

On Saturday night Lizelma and I were privileged to attend the Little Miss & Mr Winelands 2018 Competition as the Little Fighters Cancer Trust was the beneficiary on the night, and what a wonderful, sparkling, professional, fun evening it was. Young ladies and gentlemen from all over the Winelands took part and strutted their stuff on […]

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NO Relief for Cancer Patients @ KZN Hospitals

Oncology patients still lack access to adequate oncology services in KwaZulu-Natal, despite assertions by Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, that six machines would function in the province by January 2018. This problem is not a new one – the problems with Oncological services in KZN hospitals can be traced back at least as far as […]

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