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Free fall: Alcohol and drugs fuel the HIV infection rate

They suffer the cruelty of our care

SA society continues to betray traumatised young women who spiral into a life of drugs and abuse.
Mbeki was ousted as president in 2008

Snub Mbeki like he did Nkosi

About 35 000 babies could have been born without HIV had the president listened to the boy.
The struggle to survive bringing a new life into the world is still so real for South African women.

‘HIV testing was compulsory. If you didn’t test, they wouldn’t treat you’

The struggle to survive pregnancy and death in a land of plenty and poverty hasn’t changed much in the past five years — there are lives to prove it.
Taking control: HIV self-test kits like this are already available at pharmacies in South Africa

HIV stigma: ‘The fear of being blamed for being different is too much to...

Aids is a mirror that reflects how we think about society. It exposes our prejudices and our lack of ability to embrace diversity.
Antiretrovirals are changing. In the future

Will South Africa reach its 90-90-90 HIV targets?

The country has made progress with its plans to prevent, treat and monitor HIV but still has a long way to go.
Give a young woman as little as R100 a month and what does it buy her? School supplies

Could R100 a month be enough to keep South Africa’s young women HIV free?

In a world hemmed in by patriarchy and poverty, cash transfers could be the missing link in SA’s HIV prevention programmes.

South African Aids council stands by national sex worker plan

Human rights and access to healthcare remain paramount in the country's response.
Advocates for the partial decriminalisation of sex work overlook that the buying of sex in SA is already criminalised and this has not curbed demand

Sex, shrugs and policy holes: Why partially decriminalising sex work isn’t enough

After almost two decades, the South African Law Reform Commission chose fiction over facts.
Africa needs more emergency care specialists to prevent unnecessary deaths due to a lack of capacity and training.

Why emergency care in Africa needs to become a specialised course

Countries in Africa are in desperate need of more emergency care specialists and increased training.
There is no vaccine for hand

Explainer: Why children are at risk of hand, foot and mouth disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral infection that can affect infants and young children.
An obese couple sits on the beach. Overweight and obesity have been recognised as crucial health issues and have been included in the sustainable development goals.

Obesity weighs heavily on Africa’s meagre resources

Big Food is just one driving force behind unhealthy eating, and strategies are needed to cut the high cost of associated diseases.
The road to life-saving treatment starts with a test and that's where men fall behind

Why does HIV kill more men than women?

In 2016, 60% of women of 15 years or older living with HIV were on treatment. Less than half their male peers could say the same.
Man holds three silver condoms.

The business of love: Why condom factories and job creation could go hand-in-hand

Every year, the continent falls 3-billion condoms short of what it needs. Could investing in condom factories be the answer —...
Lake Chad

Is one of Africa’s most important lakes really shrinking?

Our two-year study shows the lake has been stable since the 1990s. Costly ‘solutions’ shift focus from the complex causes of the...
Volunteers arrive to pick up bodies of people who died of Ebola in the 2014-2015 outbreak.

Ebola and Zika epidemics are driven by pathologies of society, not just a virus

Economic exploitation in the developing world has resulted in under-resourced and weak health systems that could not contain the spread of viruses.
By the end of this week

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

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.