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CRISPR technology is a relatively new and powerful tool for editing genomes. It allows researchers to easily alter DNA sequences and modify gene function.

Man who created the first GMO babies is missing but his discovery could haunt...

Chinese scientist He Jiankui claims to have engineered the world’s first genetically-modified babies. Did he unleash one of science’s worst fears?
Universal access to healthcare needs to be recognised as a fundamental human right.

Is universal access to healthcare possible?

The Elders say everybody is entitled to decent, affordable medical attention.
The United Nations will bring together 192 countries for the fourth high-level meeting on tuberculosis in 2018.

#Unmask TB stigma with a selfie

Fearing social rejection, many patients don't seek treatment. To show your solidarity, don a surgical mask and post a selfie on World TB Day.
Although the scheme's white paper was released at an economically uncertain time.

NHI a healthy dose to cure South Africa’s sickly system

Although the scheme's white paper was released at an economically uncertain time, it brings possibilities to those in need.
Thousands of desperately ill people in Nigeria choose to be healed by TB Joshua

Spreading false hope and endangering people’s lives: Why do so many believe in quacks?

Faith healers, psychics, celebrities and others sell their holy water, prayers, bracelets, vitamins and other gimmicks to vulnerable people.
What started as a bizarre press release touting a "potential HIV cure" has gone viral leading media houses all over the world to lash out over firm Zion Medical's latest claims.

South Africa on the cusp of HIV vaccine breakthrough

Recently the first participants in the HVTN 702 study received jabs of a vaccine that could stop HIV in its tracks
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.
Protestors demonstrate against sexual violence. The National Sexual Assault Policy has been in draft form since 2011. If finalised

It’s time to stop treating sexual violence as just coincidental to HIV infections

A national policy on sexual assault has been in draft form for years. Now, the country now has the chance to put survivors of sexual violence first.
The Indian government has been providing free antiretroviral drugs for HIV treatment since 2004

​South Africa must stand firm with India – the pharmacy of the developing world

As Indian PM Narendra Modi visits South Africa, we must push to ensure continued access to affordable medicines.
The country's largest HIV lobby group

‘We can’t accept the new HIV, TB plan’ – Treatment Action Campaign

The country's strongest HIV lobby group won't back South Africa's HIV and TB plan just yet. Here are their demands.
A man grabs a girl to bring her back to her family home after she tried to escape when she realised she is to be married against her will

How schooling can save African girls from becoming child brides

Although important victories have been won in the fight to protect girls from becoming child brides, the practice remains common and is growing.
Governments should promote accurate knowledge about breastfeeding and implement policies — like paid maternity leave — to give women the time they need to breastfeed exclusively.

Breast is best: Exclusive breastfeeding could turn Africa’s child mortality tide

Malnutrition is a leading cause of death in under-fives, but there’s a simple — and free — solution that could save lives.
Faux facts are travelling at lightning speed across the internet and they're bad for your health.

The rise of anti-vaxxer bots: Fake news is going viral — & it’s bad...

How do you outrun a lie when science shows misinformation spreads faster than fact?
The health department has proposed accrediting public hospitals to provide c-sections as a way of improving the safety of the procedures across the country.

This is putting SA’s women in the grave, so what’s health department doing about...

Pregnancy in South Africa is getting safer, but still not safe enough. Here’s what the health department says they’re doing about it.
Wearing their iconic "HIV positive" t-shirts

#AIDS2016: ‘Never again must the political meddling of a few derail progress’

The International Aids Conference returns after 16 years to a very different South Africa, but the battle against HIV is not yet over.
Does going for "the snip" lead to risk disinhibition in men?

Medical male circumcision offers a gateway to HIV testing and medical check-ups

Circumcision can prevent thousands of HIV infections by 2030 at a relatively low cost, but the uptake has been slower than expected.