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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 lie-in, but could...
Non-lung TB

World: Stop turning your back on TB

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The disease kills more than a million people a year but the world's response to it is totally inadequate.

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...

Why we should be making our own COVID medicines, vaccines and supplies

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There's been an unequal scramble for COVID-19 vaccines, test kits and medicines that can shorten recovery periods. Wealthy countries have already pre-ordered more than...
community healthcare workers

Radical transformation begins with fixing how we fund healthcare in remote areas

Once slices of the healthcare funding pie are dished out to provinces, there is little control over how this money is spent to benefit the rural poor.
Most South Africans have the TB germ - so why aren't they sick?

Has our COVID fight crippled our efforts to fight HIV and TB?

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During the HIV pandemic, doctors were traumatised by the government’s indifference towards patients’ lack of access to treatment. In the case of COVID-19, some physicians say, they have to cope with the devastating consequences of most of the country’s health resources having been allocated to one disease.
Rustenburg MSF driver Lebogang Seketema

Have wheels, will travel: The all-male crews who are taking on sexual violence one...

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Floods, fires and war — for decades, first responders have been using this mental health hack to help people after disasters hit. Could it...

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

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What happens to HIV prevention programmes during the coronavirus pandemic? Take a look at how South African projects went from performing medical male circumcisions...
Africa is doing well to immunise against diseases. But the continent still needs support for healthcare.

What can we learn from Angola’s yellow fever outbreak?

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The country's yellow fever outbreak is a timely reminder that African countries can't get complacent with their vaccination efforts.
The Sayana Press allows women to inject themselves with the hormonal contraception Depo-Provera

Why taking back the power starts with you and your vagina

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Want to advocate for your uterus? Here are six ways you can do it.

‘Academic boys’ to ‘sex jaros’: What it means to be a Black boy in...

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Toxic masculinities help drive everything from HIV infection rates to gender-based violence. But before we ask, what does it mean to be a ‘man’ in South Africa, should we wonder what it’s like to be a boy?

Pathologies of pleasure: What they don’t teach you in medical school

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Tlaleng Mofokeng is a doctor, writer, radio and TV presenter as well as an internationally-renowned health activist. She’s made it her life work to...
Betty Walakira was one of the scientists who pitched her innovation

From the judges’ seat: Three lessons for scientists

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Here are three tips to help keep your scientific presentations interesting, full of life and not sleep inducing.

How do we reduce new HIV infections by 60% in a mere three and...

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Today, SA boasts the world's largest HIV treatment programme, but 3.2-million people who need ARVs still aren't on them. Here’s how to fix that.
Research shows that drug-resistant TB accounts for a quarter of the 10-million deaths that might be associated with antimicrobial resistance by 2020.

This kills more than 700 of us each day. Now, the UN wants to...

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In a historic first, the UN just held a high-level meeting on TB. There was one on lifestyle diseases too. But did these sittings achieve anything?
Newborn deaths would drop from a staggering 2.7-million a year to 538 000 if the world invested in women's health

Why it could cost less than R120 per year to save a life

Maternal deaths in developing regions would fall by 73% if all women had access to contraception and maternal healthcare, shows new research.