[WATCH] How to stop South Africa’s codeine problem

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More teens are showing up at drug treatment centres to kick a codeine habit. Some codeine products such as Stilpane are available over the counter without a prescription, so what can be done to prevent abuse? Find out in this video.

Is the future of SA’s TB plans locked up in the...

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South Africa’s health facilities aren’t geared up to help teens with TB to complete their treatment. As a result, the preventable, treatable disease was the leading cause of death among adolescents in South Africa between 2008 and 2018.

[WATCH] Books & babies: How to keep young mothers in school

We travelled to the North West for this video, where we spoke to a young mother who fell pregnant when she was 13, but managed to return to school after her pregnancy.

[WATCH] How to beat superbugs on a tight budget

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Superbugs are fighting back and our state hospitals don’t have the right specialists or enough funding to stop more germs from becoming untreatable.

The oldest trick in Big Tobacco’s playbook nearly derailed SA’s TB...

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The Foundation for Professional Development, one of South Africa’s oldest nonprofits and the main sponsor of the TB conference in Durban, accepted a R2-million research grant from an organisation that’s widely regarded as a front group for Philip Morris International.

Will the UK’s new prime minister cut funds to this malaria...

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A malaria vaccine has passed the World Health Organisation’s efficacy rate of 75%. But if the United Kingdom’s new prime minister cuts foreign aid, the people who need the jab may never get it.

[WATCH] Where SA’s specialist doctors go when managers aren’t looking

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Government hospitals face shortages of specialist doctors. To make it worse, not all of them are showing up to work.

‘Call me Tumi’: Meet the young woman who heads SA’s medicines...

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Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela leads the country’s medicines regulator, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra), a public entity few people knew about until the COVID-19 pandemic hit. COVID triggered a noisy scramble for vaccines, tests and treatments that needed to be approved — often embroiled in politics.

These gun laws saved 30 lives a month in two big...

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A recent spate of massacres has reignited the conversation about firearm control. It’s an emotional debate, but what does the evidence say about the kind of policies that work to prevent gun violence?

Myths, migrants, and who benefits from medical xenophobia

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Migrants are being blamed for South Africa’s struggling health system – again. But poor governance, and a shortage of staff and hospital beds are the real issue.