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Public-private partnerships to provide nutritional food to communities
Public-private partnerships to provide nutritional food to communitiesArticle

The International Potato Centre has been working with small commercial food processing companies in several African countries to introduce orange-fleshed sweet potatoes puree as a highly nutritious and cost-effective ingredient in the food industry...

15 Apr 2021

South African healthcare workers are at high risk of contracting hepatitis B
South African healthcare workers are at high risk of contracting hepatitis BArticle

South African healthcare workers were found to be at high risk of contracting hepatitis B, even though a vaccine can provide life-long immunity...

13 Apr 2021

#WorldTBDay2021: Adolescents with perinatally acquired HIV at increased risk
#WorldTBDay2021: Adolescents with perinatally acquired HIV at increased riskArticle

Adolescents with perinatally acquired HIV (APHIV) had a fourfold increased risk of tuberculosis (TB) disease despite access to antiretroviral therapy (ART)...

24 Mar 2021

If left untreated, latent TB infection can progress to TB disease.
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TB treatments are notoriously hard to stick to: shorter regimens offer a breakthroughArticle

Tuberculosis (TB) is a major cause of illness and death around the world. In 2019, 10-million people fell ill with TB and close to 1.4-million people died. Most (95%) of the cases are in low- and middle-income countries...

Violet Chihota 23 Mar 2021

Children are eating too much poor nutrient quality food and too little of good nutrient quality food. Shutterstock
South Africa needs to change direction on maternal health to solve child malnutritionArticle

When we think about nurturing healthy children, we need to adopt a life course approach to maternal nutrition. In other words, a women's health for the benefit of herself and her child must be prioritised early in life...

Chantell Witten & Shane Norris 9 Mar 2021

Coding for girls: a glimmer of hope in a coding boot camp
Coding for girls: a glimmer of hope in a coding boot campArticle

In early December 2020, a 10-day coding boot camp, organised by the UN Economic Commission for Africa and...

Dr Mwarumba Mwavita 4 Feb 2021

Product design to racial justice: Global plan to promote ethical AI
Product design to racial justice: Global plan to promote ethical AIArticle

From reducing bias in product design to tackling racial injustice, more than 100 businesses, governments and non-profits launched a global initiative...

Zachary Fagenson 29 Jan 2021

Here's where efforts to end HIV in eastern and southern Africa must focus
Here's where efforts to end HIV in eastern and southern Africa must focusArticle

The World Aids Day commemoration of 2020 took place in the midst of a global pandemic. It served as another reminder that people are not only susceptible to pathogens...

Kaymarlin Govender, Janet Seeley, Mitzy Gafos, Roselyn Kanyemba 24 Dec 2020

About 70% of South Africans with HIV are on antiretroviral treatment.
South Africa has the best HIV policies, report findsArticle

South Africa is the top country in the world for adopting progressive HIV policies...

James Stent 2 Dec 2020

Professor Anneke Hesseling
Trial recommends shorter treatment time for less severe TB in childrenArticle

A trial involving over 1,200 children from four different countries has found that the vast majority of them could be successfully treated for tuberculosis (TB) in four months instead of the usual six months...

30 Oct 2020

Good nutrition for good immunity
Good nutrition for good immunityArticle

The global pandemic has highlighted many fault-lines across society, and in our current state of ongoing disruption, it also presents us with unique opportunities to make changes...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 8 Oct 2020

Unisan humanitarian awarded honorary doctorate
Unisan humanitarian awarded honorary doctorateArticle

Shamila Ramjawan has been recognised as a great humanitarian for her efforts to promote menstrual health and hygiene...

Lesego Ravhudzulo 6 Oct 2020

Investment health-related research is not adequate. GettyImages
African health research needs support: here's one programme that's workingArticle

African countries bear a disproportionate burden of infectious and noncommunicable diseases. More than two thirds of people living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa...

Jude Igumbor 1 Sep 2020

Dr Nombasa Tsengwa, executive head of coal operations, Exxaro
#WomensMonth: Empowering women to survive and thrive beyond 2020Article

In the wake of the global pandemic, a murky 'shadow pandemic' has emerged from which no country is immune...

Nombasa Tsengwa 31 Aug 2020

Children aged 0-14 years are likely to be physically active outdoors when it’s warm. Hello World/Getty Images
Air pollution, temperature and respiratory disease: a South African studyArticle

Global warming and air pollution have something in common: their effects on human health. Air pollution is a well-known cause of breathing problems.. Hot weather can also bring on these symptoms...

Bukola Olutola & Janine Wichmann 14 Jul 2020

Rapid digital migration exposes data privacy concerns for children
Rapid digital migration exposes data privacy concerns for childrenArticle

The broad, global migration towards virtual platforms following widespread Covid-19 lockdowns has highlighted the need for the digital privacy of children to be properly secured and protected. With more time spent in the digital world, child exposure to digital marketing is growing rapidly...

13 Jul 2020

Covid-19 jeopardising progress made in protecting women, girls from violence, harmful practices
Covid-19 jeopardising progress made in protecting women, girls from violence, harmful practicesArticle

The passing of laws to end child marriage resulted in blocking thousands of child marriages and enabling second chance education for girls...

Justine Coulson, Roberta Clarke, and Mohamed M. Fall 17 Jun 2020

South Africa's superhero dietitians
South Africa's superhero dietitiansArticle

As Covid-19 has spread across the world, we have seen dietitians at the frontlines of the health response supervising life-sustaining nutrition in hospitals and care homes...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 1 Jun 2020

Debacle over child malnutrition rates belittles suffering
Debacle over child malnutrition rates belittles sufferingArticle

Recently, our country's leaders and medical representatives have publicly debated the effect of the lockdown on the malnutrition rates of our most vulnerable populations...

28 May 2020

A counselling career in a post-Covid-19 world
A counselling career in a post-Covid-19 worldArticle

SACAP (The South African College of Applied Psychology) has announced that its June 2020 enrolment in the Diploma in Counselling and Communication Skills is open, with admissions closing on 31 May...

Issued by SACAP 20 Apr 2020

New report presses for radical rethink on child health
New report presses for radical rethink on child healthArticle

According to a new report released this week by a commission of over 40 child and adolescent health experts from around the world, no single country is adequately protecting children's health...

20 Feb 2020

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Many countries regulate e-cigarettes. South Africa should tooArticle

Opinions differ on how to regulate electronic cigarettes. But dozens of countries are taking action. In Africa, Kenya already taxes these products, and South Africa is preparing to follow...

Laura Rossouw 6 Feb 2020

Successful vaccination against measles in childhood should provide lifetime protection. Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Explainer: a history of the measles virus and why it's so tenaciousArticle

The measles virus has been a part of human life for thousands of years. A recent study suggests that it appeared about 4,000 years ago, originating from a virus affecting livestock...

Matthew Ferrari 28 Jan 2020

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Why many children with autism have oral health problemsArticle

The World Health Organisation estimates that one in 160 children around the world has an autism spectrum disorder...

Magandhree Naidoo 20 Jan 2020

A new way to give an old TB vaccine proves highly effective in monkeys
A new way to give an old TB vaccine proves highly effective in monkeysArticle

What if you could make the tuberculosis vaccine much more powerful, not by altering the ingredients, but just by changing the way it is given to people?

JoAnne L. Flynn 2 Jan 2020

Child healthcare remains uneven in South Africa and varies between provinces and districts. Shutterstock
How South Africa can build a child-centred healthcare systemArticle

It is more than 20 years since the South African constitution first guaranteed children's "right to basic healthcare services"...

Maylene Shung-King 12 Dec 2019

HIV-infected and exposed children are vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases. Shutterstock
Children and HIV: what we found about vaccine-preventable diseasesArticle

Sub-Saharan African countries account for about a third of the global burden of vaccine-preventable diseases. These diseases are responsible for a large proportion of deaths in children under the age of five...

Olatunji Adetokunboh 9 Dec 2019

A number of factors contribute to the lower rates of uptake of HIV treatment by adolescents. Nic Bothma/EPA
South Africa needs to get more young people with HIV on treatmentArticle

The United Nations has set targets to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. To do this the aim is to ensure that by next year, all countries will have achieved what the UN calls 90-90-90 targets...

Mhairi Maskew 26 Nov 2019

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Charles Novia gets his own TV channelArticle

Charles Novia, a popular film critic and filmmaker, became the first Nigerian to launch a television channel devoted exclusively to teenagers, Teen Africa TV...

23 Nov 2019

Comprehensive Sexuality Education lesson plans placed online
Comprehensive Sexuality Education lesson plans placed onlineArticle

The Department of Basic Education has released, on its website, the scripted lesson plans which are being used in the pilot phase of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in selected schools...

14 Nov 2019

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Migration and health: what southern Africa needs to do to plug the gapsArticle

A global commission on health and migration has released its report on how healthcare systems fail migrants...

31 Jul 2019

Young girls play netball in an open field near King Williams Town. EPA/Kim Ludbrook
Can free schools in South Africa reduce HIV risk?Article

South Africa has the largest HIV epidemic in the world. An estimated 7.2-million people are living with HIV and 4.4 million are on antiretroviral therapy...

Franziska Meinck 17 Jul 2019

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The cost of smoking your socksArticle

Dr Helen Weber, Medical Adviser at Sanlam, explores the health implications of cannabis and vaping, and the additional cost of insurance to underwrite these risks...

Dr Helen Weber 6 May 2019

Economic empowerment of women is good for all
Economic empowerment of women is good for allArticle

Government staffer Souhayata Haidara enjoys talking about her life in a patriarchal society. Her career is a triumph of patience and perseverance...

Kingsley Ighobor 26 Apr 2019

TB, which is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, is a leading cause of death. Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock
Major battles have been won against TB. But the war isn't overArticle

The suffering and massive loss of life caused by tuberculosis (TB) are proof that humanity hasn't prioritised the development of tools to eliminate a disease dating back 9,000 years.

Bavesh Kana 22 Mar 2019

Dr Tshepo Motsepe
Africa-Asia partner to improve healthcareArticle

If Africa and Asia are to reap the benefits of having a youthful population and improve their economies, they must improve healthcare for women, adolescents and youth...

20 Mar 2019

Why screen time for babies, children and adolescents needs to be limited
Why screen time for babies, children and adolescents needs to be limitedArticle

There is increasing concern about the number of time children and adolescents are spending on recreational screen time. There's also increasing controversy over whether or not screen time is actually harmful...

1 Feb 2019

Global evidence suggests that alcohol advertisements increase adolescents’ favourable attitudes towards drinking. Shutterstock
How easy access to alcohol, and adverts, affect women in South AfricaArticle

Public health research suggests that concerns about alcohol advertising and accessibility warrant strong regulatory action...

Leslie London & Neo Morojele 30 Jan 2019

Maternal depression increases likelihood of depression in adolescents
Maternal depression increases likelihood of depression in adolescentsArticle

An adolescent whose mother suffers from depression is 30% more likely to also get depression, new research from the University of Cape Town (UCT) has found...

1 Oct 2018

Microplastics. Image by Oregon State University, CC BY-SA 2.0,
We are guinea pigs in a worldwide experiment on microplasticsArticle

One of the main problems with plastics is that although we may only need them fleetingly - seconds in the case of microbeads in personal care products, or minutes as in plastic grocery bags - they stick around for hundreds of years...

John Meeker 15 Aug 2018

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Oil discoveries in Turkana six years ago haven't delivered benefits for womenArticle

Turkana is a vast dry, remote countyin northwest Kenya, home to around 1.5 million nomadic livestock herders...

Kennedy Mkutu 2 Aug 2018

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ARVs and children: new research shows the devastating impact of a late startArticle

South Africa's programme to give mothers antiretroviral treatment preventing them from transmitting HIV to their babies during pregnancy and breastfeeding is rightly lauded for saving lives...

Mary-Ann Davies and Amy Slogrove 1 Aug 2018

Response to HIV needs to change
Response to HIV needs to changeArticle

HIV is the epidemic of our time, with up to 38.8-million people living with the disease worldwide in 2015-2016, and around two-million new cases diagnosed in 2015...

23 Jul 2018

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Youth urged to create digital solutions to help tackle HIV and AidsArticle

As disruptive technologies continue to emerge in Rwanda and across the African market in general, young innovators have been challenged to create digital innovations that can help tackle health epidemics such as HIV and Aids...

Athan Tashobya 10 May 2018

How a better understanding of the seven ages of appetite could help us stay healthy
How a better understanding of the seven ages of appetite could help us stay healthyArticle

Recent research has highlighted that the abundance of food cues - smells, sounds, advertising - in our environment is one of the main causes of overconsumption...

Alex Johnstone 7 May 2018

Dr Andre Kengne
Diabesity on the increase in young African womenArticle

Africa is a continent in transition. As more and more people embrace a Western way of life as opposed to more traditional customs...

2 May 2018

Grabarz & Partner Werbeagentur GmbH Germany struck gold, earning 3 Gold AME Awards for their campaign, “Laughing Horses” for client Volkswagen.
2018 AME Awards: Winners announced!Article

New York Festivals AME Awards announced the 2018 award-winners...

26 Mar 2018

Putting money where the mouth is - sugar, public health and the advertising industry
Putting money where the mouth is - sugar, public health and the advertising industryArticle

Changing behaviour is difficult - particularly amidst million-dollar advertising onslaughts...

Deborah Minors 18 Jan 2018

Dr Anneke van der Spoel van Dijk is invested in contributing to the global effort of stopping TB by 2035. Photo: Charl Devenish
Tackling drug-resistant TB through molecular methodsArticle

Rapid molecular techniques are the tools Dr Anneke van der Spoel van Dijk uses to investigate the spread of TB in the Free State population...

15 Jan 2018

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