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A sarmie, a sweet and a cigarette? How to make sure Africa doesn’t become...

Smoking in the west is declining. So the tobacco industry is looking to untapped markets in lower-income countries to hook new smokers.
Previous strikes at the National Health Laboratory Services have delayed test results for people living with HIV and women awaiting pap smear results.

Could we mass-produce HIV immunity?

One tiny protein may hold the secret to ending the HIV pandemic.
Forensic nurse Beatrice Mongale demonstrates how child survivors of sexual violence often use dolls to describe their experience at the Kgomotso Care Centre in Boitekong township in Rustenburg.

This is why some rapists will never face justice

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For survivors, any hope of justice depends on the presence of doctors and forensic nurses. The catch? These are few and far between.
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.
A recent survey says that Kenyans and Ugandans must start eating healthily to avoid getting sick from lifestyle diseases.

Kenyans and Ugandans need to change their ways to arrest lifestyle diseases

Two surveys paint a shocking picture of how East Africans are exposing themselves to the mounting risks of non-communicable diseases.
Pneumonia kills more than 1.3-million children a year. But with this vaccine two out of every three children under five are immunised against pneumonia.

When it comes to vaccines, there really is safety in numbers. Here’s why

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Turns out it takes a village to raise a child but also to protect them.
There is no vaccine for hand

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

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Hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral infection that can affect infants and young children.

If we invested in this today, South Africa could save billions — and fight...

Community healthcare workers have become what some have called our “heroes on the ground” during COVID-19. By keeping more people healthier for longer, and...

Four lessons from 40 years of HIV: Why COVID doesn’t end with equitable vaccine...

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Inequity in COVID vaccine access echoes mistakes from the HIV response. In the forty years since Aids was first identified, there have also been several lessons on how to contain a pandemic. Starting with equity and supporting health systems.
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...

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Aids is a mirror that reflects how we think about society. It exposes our prejudices and our lack of ability to embrace diversity.
Meet the Cupid female condom.

Did government waste R127-million on a condom no one wanted?

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Activists warn new data shows government may have invested millions into the wrong female condom and may be on the verge of doing it again.

Who should get the COVID-19 vaccine first in South Africa?

Now that the world has its first effective COVID jabs, the next challenge we have to tackle is who gets them? Here’s why the public could be key to answering this complex question in South Africa.

Disorganised documents: How bad record keeping will set back the NHI

The majority of South Africa’s public hospitals have a problem with tracking the costs of patient care, this study found. This poses a problem for the country’s plans for a National Health Insurance as hospitals could operate at a loss and face reimbursement challenges.
Sniper bullets

A slow death: Are Israeli forces instituting a deliberate campaign to maim in Gaza?

There’s something distinctly cynical about Israel’s targeting of people’s legs in Palestine’s march for freedom.

Old habits die hard: J&J’s failure to deliver COVID jabs to SA is nothing...

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South Africa is still awaiting millions of COVID vaccines from Johnson & Johnson even though the country contributed to its COVID research through the Ensemble and Sisonke studies.
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 the health department doing...

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Pregnancy in South Africa is getting safer, but still not safe enough. Here’s what the health department says they’re doing about it.