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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

In epidemics, our health facilities can become hotspots. Here’s what to do about it.

Two epidemics, two diseases, 200 kilometres and almost 20 years apart. Find out what they have in common.
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The dubious value of fever screening: Why measuring for surface temperature won’t help curb...

Apart from being unreliable, fever screening can create a false sense of security and pose an infection risk to thermometer operators.

Old lessons, new pandemic: ‘We showed up to do COVID-19 testing & communities told...

What happens to HIV prevention programmes during the coronavirus pandemic? Take a look at how South African projects went from performing...

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

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

What will the future of COVID-19 testing look like?

Our COVID-19 response can take a leaf out of our HIV strategy book. For a start, to focus on testing people...

Could the debate over South Africa’s temporary alcohol sales ban have a subtext you’re...

No, South Africa's alcohol ban wasn't the only thing that helped lower hospital trauma admissions recently, but it did play a...
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Are we prepared for the potential pandemic lawsuits against South Africa’s health system?

Society’s goodwill towards the health profession is justified, but in the face of doctors and hospitals having to make difficult decisions when...

Catholic priest: Why it’s wrong to open our churches

Is it responsible to allow religious gatherings during level 3 lockdown? This church leader says no — there are safer ways to provide people with spiritual support during the COVID-19 epidemic.

What if you could report gender-based violence at… your local supermarket?

In the time of COVID-19, social distancing measures can make it harder to report and screen for gender-based violence (SGBV). In...

Past, present and future: What should be shaping Africa’s COVID-19 response

The World Health Organisation estimates that Africa will need up to 25-million respirators monthly. We must ensure that essential medical supplies...

If we invested in this today, South Africa could save billions — and fight...

Community healthcare workers have become what some have called our “heroes on the ground” during COVID-19. By keeping more people healthier...

South Africa can’t get enough COVID-19 testing supplies. Here’s why we should be making...

A global shortage of the chemicals needed to test for the new coronavirus is crippling South Africa’s COVID-19 testing campaign and...

How to fix South Africa’s backlog in COVID-19 tests

The COVID-19 outbreak has overwhelmed our laboratories. Many labs can no longer deliver results within 24 hours and for some, these...

Africa’s COVID-19 coronavirus research must be tailored to its realities – by its own...

Trust is essential in the pandemic and scientists here can set the priorities that make the most sense for our people.
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Could South Africa’s lockdown ‘experiment’ help chart a path to a more sober and...

Researchers will need to carefully untangle cause and effect when it comes to learning what lockdown and a moratorium on alcohol...
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South Africa’s coronavirus lockdown has us doing less — so why do we feel...

You don't have to run 5km to feel fatigued. Turns out stress and anxiety can also leave you craving a good...