The internet is a go-to resource for health-related information, but getting the right South African angle on the subject can be tricky. To save you time, we’ve put together a list of 11 valuable websites that cover a range of health topics with a South African slant.
#1 South African Department of Health
This is a vital resource for all South Africans, providing information and updates regarding our country’s national health insurance policy, Essential Drugs List Programme, and various South African health conferences and meetings around the country.
A goldmine of health-related resources, this website includes information and articles on topics such as dietary needs, maternal care, sexual health, stress management and natural healthcare. It also provides handy tools such as a calorie counter, a fitness test and even a life expectancy calculator.
Medpages is a comprehensive directory that contains contact details and reviews of thousands of medical practitioners in South Africa. Whether you’re looking for a pharmacy, doctor, dentist, chiropractor, or psychiatric practitioner, this is the site to use.
#4 IFC Medical Aid Comparisons
With no efficient national health insurance programme, South Africans need to rely on medical aid providers if they’re to afford quality healthcare. However, choosing the right medical aid plan can be tough. This is where IFC comes in, providing insightful reviews of different South African providers and a handy medical aid comparison tool.
Keeping a fit body is essential for both physical and mental health, but it’s not always easy to keep up an exercise regimen. Make your walking or running more fun and challenge yourself with MapMyWalk, which allows you to track and time your routes, keeping detailed logs and graphing your performance over time.
#6 Health Spas Guide
For those of us looking for some quality relaxation a health spa is a common port of call. Finding a good one near you can however be a bit of a schlep. To this end the Health Spas Guide makes life a little easier as it feature information on 300+ spas in South Africa and beyond and offers gift vouchers, specials, competitions and more.
#7 Fitness Adviser
Ideal for South African fitness fanatics, this website provides reviews and contact information for specialised gyms, personal trainers, sports coaches and a range of health and fitness-related specialists, including chiropractors, sports nutritionists, dietitians and sports massage practitioners.
#8 Pet Health Care
Sometimes it’s your furry friends’ health that needs taking care of, and that’s what this website is all about. Here you’ll find all you need to keep your pets peppy, including vet locations and contact details, articles on pet health and information on pet health insurance programmes. There’s even a directory of places to go for a pet-friendly holiday in and around South Africa.
#9 South Africa’s best hikes
A run around the suburbs isn’t always visually interesting. Check out this resource from South Africa’s Department of Tourism for a list of some of the most beautiful, most challenging hikes around our gorgeous country.
#10 BMI Calculator
The BMI Calculator site lets you calculate your body mass index. What makes it handy for South Africans is that it uses meters and kilograms – none of those imperial measurements here!
#11 HelloPeter Medical Reviews
If you’re looking for a doctor or another type of healthcare practitioner in your area, HelloPeter is a handy resource. You can use it to do background checks on people and businesses before you entrust them with your wellbeing.