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Africa’s COVID-19 coronavirus research must be tailored to its realities – by its own...

Trust is essential in the pandemic and scientists here can set the priorities that make the most sense for our people.
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Could South Africa’s lockdown ‘experiment’ help chart a path to a more sober and...

Researchers will need to carefully untangle cause and effect when it comes to learning what lockdown and a moratorium on alcohol...
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South Africa’s coronavirus lockdown has us doing less — so why do we feel...

You don't have to run 5km to feel fatigued. Turns out stress and anxiety can also leave you craving a good...

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

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

People still have sex during outbreaks — forgetting it can be deadly

Planning for the pandemic has to include sexual and reproductive health services. If not, we risk saving women from the new...

Can you be convicted of attempted murder if you expose someone to the new...

The virus at the centre of South Africa’s coronavirus outbreak may be new, but the idea that criminalising a disease can...
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Four reasons to be hopeful about South Africa’s coronavirus testing plan

In a grim news cycle, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s announcement yesterday that the country is evaluating rapid tests for the new...
Donald Trump deleted reproductive justice from the historic UN declaration on universal healthcare.

Border walls don’t stop viruses. But this might

Both the United States and South Africa have punted increased border security as a way to curb the coronavirus outbreak. Here's...

The facts beat the quacks: Our #COVID19SA vs. our #HIV response

Reporting on Covid-19 and HIV in South Africa is like night and day, Mia Malan, who has reported on both epidemics,...
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The coronavirus outbreak & mental health: What you need to know

Hope in the time of outbreaks may come from an unlikely source. The good news? It’s closer than you think.

Body politics: The invisible women of global HIV response

In sub-Saharan Africa, four out of five new infections among adolescents are among girls. But when it comes to the global...

Ticket to ride: How the coronavirus outbreak could change air travel

When a pandemic strikes, scientists are left scrambling to find new vaccines to curb it. The latest coronavirus outbreak may become...

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

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

Travel bans are unlikely to stop the new coronavirus, but this might

The global rise of far-right nationalism has stalled progress in global health diplomacy. But now, with the coronavirus, governments have no choice...
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How US anti-abortion groups are funding South Africa’s ‘pregnancy crisis centres’

In 2018, Bhekisisa revealed how the University of Pretoria student clinic was referring women to anti-abortion "pregnancy crisis centres". Now, a...

Can China prevent its next epidemic?

The country has launched an unprecedented response to the country's latest outbreak but its real heroism in dealing with this latest...