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South Africa should train all pharmacists to give vaccinations

South Africa has started the second phase of its Covid-19 vaccine rollout. The aim is to vaccinate essential workers, people in congregate settings such as nursing homes, those over 60 years of age and other vulnerable groups...

By Velisha Ann Perumal-Pillay 11 Jun 2021

South Africa's health minister put on special leave over graft allegations

President Cyril Ramaphosa put his health minister, Zweli Mkhize, on special leave on Tuesday, after allegations that his department irregularly awarded Covid-19-related contracts

By Nqobile Dludla 9 Jun 2021

How The Gambia beat trachoma, an infection that causes blindness

The government of The Gambia recently announced that the country had eliminated trachoma...

By Musa Mutali 7 Jun 2021

Vaccinations will open up the country and our economy

South Africa is now three weeks into its rollout of Covid-19 vaccinations to those aged 60 and above, having just completed vaccinating almost 500,000 frontline healthcare workers through the Sisonke Study...

4 Jun 2021

The next pandemic is already happening - targeted disease surveillance can help prevent it

As more and more people around the world are getting vaccinated, one can almost hear the collective sigh of relief. But the next pandemic threat is likely already making its way through the population right now...

By Maureen Miller 3 Jun 2021

There are alternate solutions to SA's ill-fated NHI

Although the country's proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) is unaffordable, legally ill-considered, and would not achieve its stated aims, the are real working solutions to provide universal health coverage to all South Africans...

31 May 2021

Ebola survivors: their health struggles and how best to support them

West Africa's Ebola outbreak between 2013 and 2016 was the most widespread in the history of the disease. By the end of the outbreak, more than 28,000 people were infected and 11,000 succumbed to the disease...

By Peter B James, Abdulai Jawo Ba, Amie Steel, Jon Adams & Jon Wardle 28 May 2021

Mkhize: R150m Digital Vibes contract was irregular, denies friendship with directors

The R150m Covid-19 and National Health Insurance communications service contract awarded to Digital Vibes was "irregular" and that disciplinary action against all those implicated is underway...

26 May 2021

#StartupStory: EF-Active, a cost-conscious and sustainable hygiene business

At the height of the 2020 global coronavirus pandemic, a quality, cost-conscious and sustainable hygiene business, EF-Active, was born...

By Evan-Lee Courie 26 May 2021

Tech ticks the boxes for improved primary healthcare

Technology has real potential to effectively deliver primary healthcare across South Africa, and should be used as a road map to better healthcare services for all in the country, according to a study...

26 May 2021

How South Africa is tracking adverse reactions to Covid-19 vaccines

South Africa has begun the second phase of its public vaccination campaign, targeting people aged 60 or older...

24 May 2021

Mahlale Innovation Consortium opens ventilator design competition for SA students

An alliance of five Higher Education Institutions (HEI) has been formed to contribute to the National Ventilator Project, and is now challenging student designers and engineers to demonstrate new and creative ways digital manufacturing can add value...

21 May 2021

Low trust in authorities affects vaccine uptake: evidence from 22 African countries

In a time when the world is focusing on Covid-19 vaccines, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has highlighted the importance of routine immunisations for diseases such as measles, tetanus and polio...

By Jean-Francois Maystadt, Kalle Hirvonen & Nik Stoop 21 May 2021

Dis-Chem prepped for vaccination rollout with 32 sites secured

Dis-Chem Pharmacies has confirmed its readiness for Covid-19 vaccination rollout...

14 May 2021

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