South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Correctional Services Thabang Makwetla has said that correctional facilities in South Africa are not the “disease-infested”, poorly serviced centres of public perception. Africa Check investigated the claim.
The lifestyle sections and health pages of many major newspapers and magazines routinely tout questionable health claims that are not supported by scientific research or evidence. This is a guide to evaluating the legitimacy of those claims and reporting responsibly on them.
From Tanzania to Swaziland, newspapers continue to report breakthrough “cures” for HIV/AIDS. As the world marked World AIDS Day yesterday, Africa Check investigated the evidence behind just three recent claims.
A number of leading Malawian newspapers and websites have unquestioningly championed a supposed “wonder herb” that supporters claim can cure HIV, Aids and numerous other diseases and ailments. The claims are untrue, irresponsible and should be condemned.
A recent article published by a South African newspaper made a series of claims about the medical use of dates, the fruit of the date palm. In the first of series on health reporting and quackery, we examine the perils of peddling false information.
The claim that 28 percent of South African schoolgirls are living with HIV started with a remark by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, misreported by The Sowetan. Unquestioned, it has been repeated by media across the country and the world. The true rate is half that.