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Why SA women with postpartum depression go unhelped

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The social and economic factors faced by women do not disappear once they become pregnant. Without additional support those problems get much worse and can be bad for their families too.

COVID, skin contact & kangaroos: How SA’s hospital rules are adapting

Policies to stop the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa have had a negative impact on maternal and newborn health care.
Medical student Inati Mcapazeli studies a chest x-ray at Cape Town’s Brooklyn Chest Hospital on World TB Day 2012.

Tackling TB: Three lessons the COVID-19 pandemic taught us

COVID-19 came with a lot of collateral damage that the world was unprepared for. Part of the pandemic ripple effect meant people weren’t able to access tuberculosis testing or treatment, derailing targets to end the disease. But there are also lessons to be learned along the way.

Hell is 16 000 unanswered telephones. The low tech problem blocking abortions

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Abortion services only got a national “how to” document for doctors 23 years after termination of pregnancy was legalised in South Africa. And while the new rules go a long way to remove barriers to ending a pregnancy, non-profits say crucial information such as a simple list of telephone numbers is still lacking.

Bundle of jitters: How these community health workers are helping moms cope with the...

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Pregnancy can be a time of joy - and sadness. Many pregnant women and mothers of infants in lower-income communities acknowledge feeling depressed during this time. Here’s how community health workers helped alleviate this.

A local home for a global dream: The Aurum Institute houses HIV, TB &...

The Aurum Institute has been selected as the new host for the South African Health Technologies Advocacy Coalition (SAHTAC) — a coalition of civil...
Community health workers didn't just provide at-home HIV testing. They went into schools to help teach young people sexual and reproductive health and encourage boys to get medically circumcised.

Community health workers – could COVID finally unlock their role in the NHI?

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In the absence of action from the health department, South Africa’s community health workers are once again having to fight for their rights The...

Why many South African mothers give up breastfeeding their babies so soon

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The long-term benefits of breastfeeding for children’s development led to recommendations for its exclusive adoption for the first six months of infants’ lives. But...

Why COVID school closures are making girls marry early

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The pandemic’s impact is long-term: the UN warns that it could lead to 13 million more child marriages over a decade.

The preventable trauma of COVID childbirth

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A new global investigation has documented, in at least 45 countries, “shocking” and “unnecessary” breaches of laws and World Health Organisation guidelines intended to...

If we invested in this today, South Africa could save billions — and fight...

Community healthcare workers have become what some have called our “heroes on the ground” during COVID-19. By keeping more people healthier for longer, and...

People still have sex during outbreaks — forgetting it can be deadly

Planning for the pandemic has to include sexual and reproductive health services. If not, we risk saving women from the new coronavirus but leaving...

Will South Africa maintain its role as top funder of health research and development?

South Africa continues to make the list of top funders globally of research and development for neglected diseases, including HIV and TB. But local...

What do coronavirus and Ebola have in common? They always get a head start

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A passenger wearing a protective mask enters Beijing West railway station following the outbreak of coronavirus. (Nicolas Asfouri, Getty)

Whose National Health Insurance is it anyway? Taking back the power

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Compass: Charting the course to a National Health Insurance Public comment on the NHI Bill has closed, but there are other ways you can add...

More than just a footnote: ‘African authors are under-represented as first authors — positions...

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A survey of 198 global health organisations showed that nearly 90% were headquartered in North America or Western Europe, with boards dominated by men. COMMENT The field of...