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Disorganised documents: How bad record keeping will set back the NHI

The majority of South Africa’s public hospitals have a problem with tracking the costs of patient care, this study found. This poses a problem for the country’s plans for a National Health Insurance as hospitals could operate at a loss and face reimbursement challenges.

It’s your last shot at getting a Pfizer vaccine. Here’s how South Africa’s roll-out...

Just under a third of South Africa’s remaining COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer are set to expire by July. After that, any unused doses will have to be destroyed. Until then the health department is trying to increase uptake of the doses and donate spare shots.

Karoo dust, diet & diabetes: Why ‘lifestyle disease’ is an unfair label 

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Diabetes is different from other non-communicable diseases, this author says. It can’t be spread in a literal sense — instead, it is often forced upon people by factors beyond their control. What happens when you have no say on your genetics or all you can afford is processed food?

Mining’s tragic legacy: Open pits have become tombs

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Government, international watchdogs, corporations all swear they're not the ones to blame for the gaping holes in the ground that swallow up men, women...
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

‘Do not violate the rights of our people’: Ramaphosa tells army ahead of lockdown

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At midnight tonight, South Africa will become the latest country across the world to institute a national lockdown to control the spread of the...
Community COVID19 testing in Alexandra Gauteng

Expect COVID-19 outbreaks after the end of lockdown

It’s a new normal, warn South Africa’s leading coronavirus scientists. And schools and workplaces won’t be exempt from seeing sporadic outbreaks of the new...

Folly and fortitude: What sets good and bad leaders apart in the COVID-19 era?

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A country's coronavirus response is only as good as its president, writes Lawrence Hamilton. So how does South Africa's head of state Cyril Ramaphosa...

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

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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?

Tortoise and the hare: Why a COVID vaccine is outrunning its HIV counterpart

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Four COVID jabs’ efficacy results have been released within less than a year after the trials had started. But this is far from the norm. Researchers have been working on HIV vaccines for over three decades — and we still don’t have one. Here’s why.

Tours, trips and travel: Why vaccine passports may be a route back to normal...

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After a year of lockdowns and restrictions, vaccine passports could allow people to travel more freely within their communities, enter other countries or engage in leisure activities that were largely prohibited during the COVID pandemic. But they also have the potential to further divide the global rich from the global poor.

Three for three: Understanding the 3 COVID variants circulating during SA’s third wave

Which variants have been detected in South Africa and how do they differ? Each form of the virus has slight changes and therefore behaves slightly differently and could impact what the epidemic looks like. We break it down.

When empathy meets evidence: Tackling COVID vaccine hesitancy in SA

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South Africa’s national COVID vaccine roll-out is underway. But some people still have many understandable concerns about getting the jab. Our Mia Malan spoke to experts about how to comfort reluctant loved ones in the latest episode of Health Hub, a Bhekisisa partnership with Newzroom Afrika.

Table talk: This deal could get vaccines to poorer countries fast. Guess who’s blocking...

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Powerful governments, including the European Union and the UK, are resisting a proposed deal that could enable companies in less developed countries to legally manufacture COVID products developed by large pharmaceutical companies.

HIV prevention should be like fast food. This data shows why

KwaZulu-Natal’s state facilities are in the lead when it comes to stocking HIV prevention medicines (97% of them do), and the Western Cape is last in line at 8%. But, the home of the Mother City is the only province in which men use HIV prevention medicine more than women.

Why doesn’t SA use this bargaining chip when it makes deals with drugmakers?

A two-monthy HIV prevention injection could be too expensive for the department of health to buy even though the country participated in drug trials...