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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.

Women who drink alcohol more at risk of getting HIV

Report says alcohol use fuels an already unequal power relationship between men and women, resulting in several negative outcomes.
Thabo Mbeki published a letter on his website this week in which he denied that HIV was a leading cause of death during his presidency.

Mbeki deserves to be condemned by history, says TAC

The ex-president will be judged harshly for his unrepentant stance over an estimated 300 000 HIV-related deaths, the activist organisation says.
Several studies have found that school feeding schemes increase children’s health and their attendance at school.

School feeding schemes help to grow young minds

Studies show that feeding programmes at schools not only reduce stunting, but also combat obesity and lead to increased enrolment in schools.
Medication for drug-resistant tuberculosis can have serious side-effects like deafness and psychosis.

TB drug priced out of reach

A promising new TB drug is now on the market but doctors say it's been priced out of reach.
A new online tool lets you calculate your chances of falling pregnant via IVF.

How the death of two Ugandan mothers is helping entrench the right to health...

The case has already contributed to improved jurisprudence on socioeconomic rights in Uganda
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivers his 2016 budget speech.

NHI funding details absent from budget speech

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has not yet revealed how the government will fund its National Insurance scheme.
The Dapivirine vaginal ring used in an HIV prevention trials.

ARV-infused vaginal ring significantly lowers HIV infections

Trials have found that vaginal rings containing an antiretroviral drug could more than halve women's chances of contracting HIV if used consistently.
People returning from areas where the Zika virus is found should be careful to practice safe sex.

No cause for panic stations over SA Zika case, says expert

Health authorities say the visitor diagnosed with the mosquito-spread virus has recovered and there is minimal likelihood of a local outbreak.
Mosquito control: A Nicaraguan health worker fumigates an area in Managua.

Key institutes keep keen watch on Zika for Africa

The Ebola outbreak on the continent showed how countries with poor health systems are unfit to fight epidemics.
Nine-year-old Tumelo shows antiretrovirals.

New state-run pharmaceutical company to produce ARVs by 2019

South Africa will soon get its own facility to make tablets to treat HIV and other ailments.
A bridge too far: Patients travel to Standerton from as far away as 30km away to visit the government clinic there.

Mpumalanga’s health is failing – but it won’t take its medicine

Poor management and leadership instability lead to R2-billion in irregular expenditure.
Tipping point: A frustrated Mmanopi Molapo confronts the MEC about not being able to get her medication.

Health MEC’s deadly PR parade

As Benny Malakoane showed off progress in Free State, 317 patients were left in the dark over their cancer status.
Kala azar sufferer Ruai Puot Malow

Epidemics on the horizon if threats not addressed – MSF

Doctors Without Borders has stressed the critical importance of adequate investment into the prevention of diseases such as Ebola and cholera.