A mezuzah, a Christmas wreath & rooibos with milk: Get to know this NICD...

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Anne von Gottberg and Cheryl Cohen are two of South Africa’s foremost scientists. We’ve got them and their colleagues to thank for the country’s world class surveillance of SARS-CoV-2. But this powerful duo are also experts on how to bridge divides — and married.

She had a miscarriage. Now she’s facing life in prison

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Scores of women in Argentina could be facing life in prison for what health experts say are obstetric emergencies such as miscarriages.

Fear of the F-word: Why Somalia won’t say ‘famine’ as 7.8-million go hungry

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Somalia is facing a humanitarian crisis. Many people have been displaced due to climate change-induced droughts, and conflict between the army and al-Shabaab has left many regions without food.

Blood on the floor, drips in the dark: Johannesburg is crumbling. Here’s how it...

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A combination of failures by the municipal, provincial and national government left a hospital in the south of Johannesburg without water or electricity for parts of November. Find out what’s behind the chaos.

If the price is right: The anti-HIV jab could be in clinics by August...

South Africa’s medicines regulator will announce a decision on the approval of a two-monthly HIV prevention jab within days. If the shot is approved, the health department could start rolling it out on a large scale within nine months — but that depends on the injection’s price.

Why these health workers are spending their lives in South Africa’s poorest villages

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Rural hospitals and clinics struggle to attract or retain senior healthcare professionals. Health workers who grew up in rural towns can plug the gap as they are more likely to work at facilities in far-flung places than their urban counterparts.

What’s pleasure got to do with sex ed? This project shows it can increase...

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The International Planned Parenthood Federation’s digital campaign Treasure Your Pleasure is using an evidence-based sex-positive approach to educate young Africans about safe sex.

You could be buying poisonous lead paint – and no one would be charged...

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The government is investing in monitoring lead levels in paint, but experts and industry groups say that there’s no plan for dealing with offenders.

‘They will buy me a meal for my children’: Why SA women turned to...

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Many women in South Africa resorted to sex work in order to survive the COVID recession. Male “blessers” were happy to pay, contributing to the spread of HIV.

‘I missed a dose for the first time’: How the KZN floods derailed HIV...

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The April 2022 floods in KwaZulu-Natal, left Mfundo Shezi without HIV treatment for two weeks. He had no way of getting more because the centre he frequents was closed for two weeks – and his ID book was washed away.

Out of ‘T’ and out of hope – SA’s trans men face year 2...

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A stockout of the version of testosterone (made by Pfizer) used by state facilities and nonprofits is entering its second year. It’s left transgender men in South Africa, who use the hormone as part of gender-affirming treatment, with few options. Find out what lengths they’re forced to go to get the medicine.

#COP27: These KZN flood victims’ fates were sealed years ago

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Nokwazi Mbambo watched her life wash away in April, and little has changed 6 months later. Read more on how the climate change induced floods that destroyed her home.

What happened to HIV activist Zackie Achmat?

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Zackie Achmat was one of the most vociferous voices against former president Thabo Mbeki’s HIV denialism in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He now lives in downtown Cape Town and fights state capture — and broken trains.

How these pupils from SA’s poorest schools became doctors

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The Umthombo Youth Development Foundation provides bursaries and mentorship to health science students from poor, rural backgrounds. Despite humble beginnings, these students are achieving exceptionally high pass rates. Here’s why.

How Rwanda could become one of the first countries to wipe out cervical cancer

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Tens of thousands of community health workers in Rwanda are driving a powerful vaccination programme in the country that could make the East African nation the first country in the world to eliminate cervical cancer.

‘We take the fish out of the water’: Three myths about vasectomies – busted

A vasectomy is a permanent form of contraception for men. During this surgical procedure, the tubes that take sperm from the testicles to the glands that make semen are cut — in about the time of a lunch break.