Asked and answered: Six things you need to know about the new COVID variant...

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In December 2020, scientists announced that a new variant of the coronavirus had been identified in South Africa. Here's a look at what we've learnt in the past month about the new variant that is driving the country's second wave of infections.

Keen to join the People’s Vaccine Campaign? Here’s what it’s about

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South Africa’s government cannot handle the COVID-19 vaccine rollout alone, these activists say. That’s why it’s time for citizens to get involved in this ‘life or death’ issue.

Nearing the second peak under lockdown Level 3: Here are the rules

Following the festive season, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced new measures to deal with the rising number of coronavirus infections. Find out the latest developments in South Africa’s planned response to the epidemic.

What does South Africa’s COVID vaccine roll-out plan say?

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With the first COVID jabs beginning to roll out, South Africa has announced its plan to reach two-thirds of the population once doses reach our shores. The country is expecting to receive its first share of available shots within the second quarter of this year. Here’s a look at who will get it and how.

Five tips for reporting on medical negligence – without getting into legal trouble yourself

Between understanding medical terminology and decoding legal documents, reporting on negligence cases can be complicated. A media lawyer shares her expert tips for journalists.
South Africa has the eighth highest rate of suicide in the world

‘Your life is altered, but it’s not the end’: Life with HIV, stigma and...

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The dark days of the HIV pandemic are over, but patients still face social stigma and emotional distress that can push them to stop...

The SHINE trial – hope for shorter, kinder TB treatment for children

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Preliminary findings from the SHINE trial for children with non-severe TB have been released. What do the results mean for young patients? Watch the...

‘This could be a game changer’: What you need to know about the eight-weekly...

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Finally, a better HIV prevention choice for women. Here’s what we know about cabotegravir and what we don’t.

Reporters, are you ok? If you’re feeling traumatised, you’re not alone

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Journalists have immersed themselves in the COVID-19 story for months. But at what cost to their mental health? A recent study found that three quarters of reporters surveyed felt significant emotional distress.

How to be a health reporter: Asking the right questions of research

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Battling to understand how studies are designed and when they’re good enough to use in your reporting? This webinar by Cochrane South Africa and...

‘I’m safe because you’re safe’: How COVID-19 brought science into our homes

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Leading epidemiologists come together to discuss how COVID-19 has changed the meaning and process of science in this lecture presented by South Africa’s National...
Sex work and soccer: More alike than you think?

Heading off-track: How COVID-19 could further derail countries from ending Aids by 2030

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Global efforts to respond to the HIV epidemic were already falling short, with many countries not on track to meet the goal of ending Aids by 2030. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic threatens to further derail this, with funding and resources being diverted away from HIV. Find out more about how there needs to be a more concerted effort to direct funding to programmes for key populations.

Life under Level 1: Here’s what international travel looks like

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South Africa has partially re-opened its borders, as it moves to the lowest alert level of the national lockdown. Although international flights are now back on the table, there are going to be some changes. Here’s what you need to know before getting to the airport.

What does moral injury feel like? A guide for health workers

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South African health workers have to make difficult treatment decisions every day, but epidemics make it worse. Go inside the moral distress of working...

Overseas trips & a midnight curfew: This is life in lockdown level 1

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You can hang out with your friends for two hours longer but night clubs are still off limits. Here’s what else is new. Resource details: Publication...

Mapping a virus: Tracking the spread of South Africa’s COVID-19 outbreak

In March 2020, South Africa confirmed its first case of COVID-19. Seven months later the country had just over 650 000 people who had...