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Thermal screening

The dubious value of fever screening: Why measuring for surface temperature won’t help curb...

Apart from being unreliable, fever screening can create a false sense of security and pose an infection risk to thermometer operators.

What if you could report gender-based violence at… your local supermarket?

In the time of COVID-19, social distancing measures can make it harder to report and screen for gender-based violence (SGBV). In...
medical workers

South Africa could see 40 000 COVID-19 deaths by November

South Africa won’t have enough hospital beds to treat COVID-19 patients as symptomatic cases of COVID-19 could surpass a million by...

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...

[From the archives] The lockdown women planning their escape from abusive homes

Take a look back at the barriers survivors of gender-based violence faced in the stricter levels of South Africa's coronavirus lockdown....

Home sweet hell: Calls for help surge from women locked down with abusers

Research from previous crises suggests violence against women and children will only get worse as the pandemic rages on.
Microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19

The World Health Organisation’s Solidarity trial testing possible COVID-19 treatments

A closer look at the study set to take place in multiple countries, including South Africa. More than 70 countries have already...

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...
Pregnant woman sits on the floor holding her belly.

Communicating risk and engaging vulnerable communities in the time of the coronavirus

A reference tool for communicators and organisers to better engage vulnerable communities during the coronavirus pandemic. Publication title:...

Doctors warned against prescribing unproven medication for COVID-19

It’s available and it’s affordable. But science still doesn’t know enough to back the antimalarial drug chloroquine for widespread use against...

Coronavirus: World Bank’s pandemic bonds scheme accused of ‘waiting for people to die’

Bonds designed to provide fast funding for poor countries branded ‘obscene’ because of complex payout criteria.

#Coronavirus: Do you need a mask? Spoilers, the answer is no.

South Africa confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus on 5 March. But experts say the public still does...

#CoronavirusOutbreak: This is a healthcare worker’s best defence against TB. Here’s why it might...

Masks used by South African doctors and nurses are also being used to fend off the coronavirus outbreak. But soaring demand...

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...

New temperatures are taking tropical diseases to new heights, like these once snow-capped villages

Manmaya Magar, 26, may be the first person to contract dengue fever in her village. Pete Pattisson, Guardian)

More than just a footnote: ‘African authors are under-represented as first authors — positions...

A survey of 198 global health organisations showed that nearly 90% were headquartered in North America or Western Europe, with boards dominated by...