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South Africa may not have enough doctors to fight COVID-19. But we could be...

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The United Kingdom is taking immediate steps to bring newly graduated and foreign-trained doctors into the health system as cases of the new coronavirus...

What developing countries can teach the Global North about how to respond to a...

When it comes to leadership and innovation, there's much that industrialised nations can learn. Nine months into the pandemic, Europe remains one of...

Your A to Z guide on HIV: The top 10 things to know from...

The HIV pandemic isn’t going anywhere until a cure is found. In the meantime, these expert HIV clinicians say South Africa should protect its victories.

If you were a girl: Men, this is what you need to understand about...

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The body swap is an old Hollywood trope: Boy meets girl, boy swaps bodies with girl, boy has an epiphany about love, life and...

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 in the hardest...
We can get polio out of Africa this year and out of every country in the world in the next several years, say Bill and Melinda Gates.

Four factors blocking medicines made in Africa

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Setting up a continent-wide medicines regulator in Africa could be key to getting the continent’s people the treatments and COVID vaccines they need. Here’s why more countries need to put their weight behind it.

Reality check: Women are victims twice over. Here’s why, says Tlaleng Mofokeng

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'I was recently contacted by a young woman who was being hunted by a mob that suspected her of abandoning a fetus in a...

Unbanning booze sales: Did we do it the right way?

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You can now have a beer at a pub each day of the week. There are no limits to how much you can drink...

Poverty, violence and stress: Why South Africa’s young people are anxious

A study in eThekwini in KwaZulu-Natal found that poverty and violence drive generalised anxiety disorder among youth living in urban informal settlements.