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Former miner Masiko Somi and his wife Magumede are part of the class action suit that looks to hold the gold mining industry accountable for its impacts on workers' health.

Court case could force gold industry to pay out miners’ daughters and wives

A high court has ruled that compensation to women who have to take care of sick miners could ease the gendered harms imposed by the industry.
Women protest in Cairo in 2014. When activists have uteruses

Women’s bodies are the battleground for civil liberties

Female activists face persecution largely because their existence is an affront to the patriarchal nature of societies.

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 substantial role. COMMENT South...

Karoo dust, diet & diabetes: Why ‘lifestyle disease’ is an unfair label 

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Diabetes is different from other non-communicable diseases, this author says. It can’t be spread in a literal sense — instead, it is often forced upon people by factors beyond their control. What happens when you have no say on your genetics or all you can afford is processed food?
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...

The cruel collusion that devastates young doctors learning how to deliver babies

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Health workers-in-training say they feel forced to abuse birthing patients as part of a dark rite of passage on the road to becoming a doctor or midwife. This final year medical student explains how these experiences can shape the country’s future doctors.

The power, the purse strings and the National Health Insurance

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Compass: Charting a course to the NHI The National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill proposes significant shifts in who controls our national and provincial health budgets....
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

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Recently the first participants in the HVTN 702 study received jabs of a vaccine that could stop HIV in its tracks
Discovery Health CEO Jonathan Broomberg responds to allegations that the scheme could have made arrangements to waive a waiting period to cover a returning member's pregnancy.

‘Without waiting periods, medical aids couldn’t survive,’ Discovery says

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Would you join a medical aid if you were perfectly healthy? Most won’t. That’s why we need waiting periods, says Discovery CEO Jonathan Broomberg.
South Africa is a country of broken systems. Insufficient health resources are preventing traumatised rape victims from turning to violence themselves

‘Manana will at best get a suspended sentence or a fine’

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Fikile Mbabalula, Bathabile Dlamini, Mduduzi Manana. They all served in same cabinet - where 
two ends of a 
vicious circle meet.

Why many South African mothers give up breastfeeding their babies so soon

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The long-term benefits of breastfeeding for children’s development led to recommendations for its exclusive adoption for the first six months of infants’ lives. But...
Khinali Bagwandeen watched the world watch her father stumble over his words

Stuttering blues: The cadence of social anxiety and identity

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He is a father, husband and businessman but the one thing that defined his social existence also taught his daughter an important lesson.

‘No respecter of persons’: Why COVID-19 variants don’t recognise vaccine passports

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As long as the coronavirus is still circulating in many parts of the world, mutations will continue to occur. This means that herd immunity in any individual country may be thwarted by new variants that can bypass the protections offered by current vaccines. Here’s why worldwide vaccination needs to happen as quickly as possible.
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

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

Why COVID-19 vaccines need to prioritise ‘superspreaders’

Controlling the spread of COVID-19 among the young may be a better way to protect the old, these experts argue COMMENT Once safe and effective COVID-19...