Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Laura Lopez Gonzalez is the health news editor at the M&G. Lopez has covered health for more than 10 years, working for Irin, Doctors Without Borders and the Open Society Foundations. She was the print editor of Health-e News Service and has won numerous awards. Lopez has a passion for getting the science right and understanding how health policies affect everyday people. Otherwise you’ll find her reading non-fiction and hot gluing things to, well, other things.


Have questions about the National Health Insurance? We answer them for you

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

We tell you what the recently released NHI white paper says about the future of health services in South Africa.


Trade unions: 'The NHI is not moving fast enough'

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Private sector’s role and slow roll out likely to top ANC policy conference delegates’ list of concerns


Will you be able to have a medical aid under the National Health Insurance scheme?

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The newly released white paper could mean the end is nigh for medical aids.


Condoms at school? Yes, says a new education policy

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Parents and staff can no longer keep contraception out of schools in the case of children 12 years and older


#LifeEsidimeni: More than a year later, still no prosecutions

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Families say many are still waiting for results of autopsies performed last year.


Has South Africa's new HIV plan been captured?

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The new strategy is the first in a decade that does not advocate for the decriminalisation of sex work.


Is your child vaccinated against measles? Here’s why they might need a booster shot

Even if your child has been vaccinated, booster shots provide an extra layer of protection.


The future of take-away? I'll take a large pizza - and an HIV test - for delivery

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Home is where the heart is, they say – it could also be the future of HIV testing.


#LifeEsidimeni: Patients still missing after deadly move from state care

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Gauteng health department hopes to avoid legal battle as more bodies are discovered.


Two drugs could be the key to quicker TB cures

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Patients were no longer infectious after just two months of treatment — faster than almost all drugs ever recorded.