China comes to Africa’s medical aid

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Hopes are high that the new partnership will ensure easy, cheaper access to vaccines and medicine.

Sitting could be the death of you

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Hemingway did it. Churchill did it. So let's do it. Let's all stand up while we work.

Sub-Saharan Africa ranks lowest for mothers

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Having a baby in sub-Saharan Africa is riskier than anywhere else according to the latest State of the World's Mothers report.

The world needs midwives, now more than ever

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Comment: May 5 is International Midwife Day: a day to acknowledge the vital impact midwives have on maternal health in South Africa.

‘Let private skills come to NHI’s aid’

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Mia Malan reports on the challenges of involving medical schemes in the administration of the National Health Insurance scheme.

Doctors give NHI a qualified thumbs up

GPs with their own practices are interested in working for the NHI scheme – with caveats.

NHI pioneers new payment system

In the first of a two-part series about the NHI, Mia Malan reports on state plans to change the rigid reimbursement formula for private doctors.

Comment: Ignorant reporting can be lethal

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As the fallout regarding misinformation about vaccines and antiretrovirals shows, words can kill.

ARVs alone won’t save HIV infected mothers

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Access to ARVs is improving, but poor attitudes to patients are aggravating maternal mortality rates.

Comment: Take care over the next hill

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What, if anything, does the private healthcare sector have to offer the rural poor?