Diabetes is on the increase worldwide.

Diet and lack of exercise main reasons for dramatic rise in diabetes

The first World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Diabetes report says that diabetes has increased globally, and the disease claims more lives yearly.
Angola desperately needs vaccines for yellow fever.

Yellow fever vaccines diverted to help stem Angolan epidemic

The World Health Organisation says more than 200 people have died there since January and that there is a need to ramp up production of vaccines.
Activists continue to fight to lower the price of drug patents.

Activists lead fight for the right to cheaper drugs

There is a big move afoot to alert SADC members to the concessions on intellectual property rights that they can take advantage of.
The best available data shows that in 2014

Pharma funding for TB research four times less than government funding

Available data shows significantly higher investment by public and philanthropic institutions in TB research than by the pharmaceutical industry.
A study on the incidence of child sexual abuse in South Africa reveals the extent of these crimes committed against local youth.

Four things parents can do to keep their kids’ kidneys healthy

In the developed world up to 5% of patients with chronic kidney disease are children. But statistics are harder to come by in the developing world.
Blind and partially sighted children are deprived of quality education in South Africa.

‘Horrendous’ state of schools for the blind in the spotlight

Civil society bodies are meeting education officials to formulate an urgent response to the shortage of tools and teachers for the visually impaired.
Sex workers in South Africa struggle to access HIV treatment.

A long road ahead to reduce HIV among South Africa’s sex workers

More than half the female sex workers in South Africa's three largest cities are HIV positive, but less than a third are on antiretroviral treatment.
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Angola’s yellow fever outbreak: Vaccines desperately needed

Only six out of ten Angolan children have been vaccinated against yellow fever.
Activists gather at the offices of Roche in Johannesburg to protest against the high price of Herceptin

‘Roche holds cancer patients to ransom’ – activists

Activists say if Roche does not drop the price of Herceptin, they will ask the health department to act.
Clinical lead Doctor Al Story points to an x-ray showing a pair of lungs infected with TB. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

M&G joins #UnmaskStigma TB awareness campaign

The Mail & Guardian's health centre, Bhekisisa, joins the World Health Organisation in raising awareness about TB on World TB Day on March 24.
The LAM urine test allows doctors to diagnose a seriously ill HIV patient with tuberculosis in just 25 minutes. No special laboratories or technicians are required to administer the test

Quick urine TB test a life-saver, but only in certain cases

There are fears that, because the LAM measure is easily administered, it could be used when conditions call for more detailed analysis.
A 12-month course of Herceptin costs R151 520 in South Africa because of patent protection

‘I think I’m going to die,’ SA patient desperate for cancer drug tells UN

A desperate South African breast cancer patient pleaded with the United Nations (UN) on Thursday to help her access a drug that can save her life.
Shield: A Tanzanian woman and her child use a mosquito net as a preventative measure against malaria.

Malaria has been beaten back – but children are still dying

Now the fight is on to eliminate the illness entirely – and save those still at the mercy of the mosquito.
A high level UN meeting in Johannesburg will look at the current focus on pharmaceutical sales and the lack of production of health technologies for diseases that do not impact countries with major pharmaceutical capabilities.

UN panel investigates access to medicine

As part of a global dialogue, a UN panel is meeting in Johannesburg to discuss proposals that aim to help prevent millions of unnecessary deaths.
Because of the complexity of the malaria parasite

Innovation and technology will help to wipe out malaria

With the help of new technologies, global health organisations aim to eliminate malaria in Africa in the next 15 years.
Kala azar is a neglected tropical disease endemic to South Sudan.

A jab controls sandfly bite killer fever, but not in South Sudan

Early diagnosis, a simple test, vector curbs and a new medicine is effective in many areas, but South Sudan can't rely on this treatment.