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Why COVID school closures are making girls marry early

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

‘I had to kill so many people’: The battle to protect children in conflicts

25,000 grave violations were committed against children in conflict in 2019, says the UN, which hopes to highlight issue with new international day.

Why COVID-19 vaccines need to prioritise ‘superspreaders’

Controlling the spread of COVID-19 among the young may be a better way to protect the old, these experts argue

This agreement could be South Africa’s answer for an affordable COVID-19 vaccine. But there’s...

When COVID-19 vaccines come onto the market, poorer countries will have to compete with wealthier ones, who can pay more, for access. Will it help if lower and middle-income countries pool their funds and order vaccines in bulk?

We must continue our fight against HIV and TB, even during the COVID-19 pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, and the scientific community continues to gather evidence on the coronavirus, we should not lose sight...

This COVID-19 medicine opened a Pandora’s box in SA. Find out why

There’s a lot of debate about the price of COVID-19 medicine remdesivir, but researchers say there are also some unanswered questions...

Social distancing: How far is far enough?

Talk of social distancing and how to do it right shows up in the Bible and the writings of Muhammad. Centuries...

The beauty politic: South Africa’s long and complicated history with skin lighteners

Today, South Africa remains the only country in the world to prohibit all cosmetic claims to skin bleaching, lightening or whitening — and we have a blend of Black Consciousness and science to thank for it. But regulation hasn’t totally snuffed out demand for dangerous creams containing toxic chemicals.

From stranded to solitude: How the short-lived relief of repatriation could be people’s tipping...

As South Africa enters level two of its national lockdown, international travel remains restricted. One of the few exceptions are repatriation flights, which require a mandatory quarantine period. But the toll of mounting stress and isolation may have long-term consequences on people’s mental health.

Is wearing a mask fogging up your glasses? Here’s how you can fix that

As lockdowns ease, more people are having to wear masks for longer periods of time. While they help reduce the spread of COVID-19, masks may also be causing increased irritation in your eyes. Find out why.

Will SA buy this COVID drug for thousands per person – if it...

This medicine has been shown to slash COVID recovery times by more than a quarter. But will It become available in...

Unbanning booze sales: Did we do it the right way?

You can now have a beer at a pub each day of the week. There are no limits to how much...

The preventable trauma of COVID childbirth

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

COVID-19 has changed the way South Africa’s only toll-free mental health helpline works. Here’s...

When COVID-19 hit, South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) helplines were flooded with calls. But the outbreak changed more than call volumes, it changed the way SADAG worked. Could the lessons it learned shape the future of mental healthcare in South Africa?

For children, COVID-19 quarantine may be ‘an absolute nightmare’

Home is where the heart is — it’s also important to young children’s sense of identity — but what happens when a state quarantine facility has to become their home away from home?

Scientists are working to fast-forward COVID-19 research, but not at the expense of ethics

Two-dozen experimental COVID-19 vaccines are now in human clinical trials, according to the World Health Organisation. It usually takes more than a decade to develop a new vaccine — but just because we’re expediting research to curb the new coronavirus doesn’t mean we can leave communities behind.