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How built environment practitioners play a key role in public health
How built environment practitioners play a key role in public healthArticle

During the second AfriSam SAIA Sustainable Design Awards webinar, Professor Tolullah Oni, a public health physician-scientist and urban epidemiologist, discussed how trans-disciplinary urban design can help build better African livelihoods and cities...

15 Sep 2020

Elective surgeries - the disruption, the trends and back to business unusual
Elective surgeries - the disruption, the trends and back to business unusualArticle

In spite of the Covid-19 rate of infection, elective surgery has been given the green light and it's back to business - albeit with strict protocols in place to safeguard staff as well as patients...

Issued by Bonitas 15 Sep 2020

Cardiovascular risk factors are high in Sierra Leone. Steven Rubin
Why Sierra Leone needs to focus on cardiovascular healthArticle

Cardiovascular diseases and their risk factors, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, are major causes of death and disability globally.

Maria Odland & Justine Ina Davies 10 Sep 2020

Professor Gerhard Walzl. Image: Twitter
Study to evaluate new TB diagnostic tests and treatmentsArticle

A R128m grant from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) will help fund a five-year multinational research study that Stellenbosch University is undertaking to investigate new tuberculosis (TB) tests...

9 Sep 2020

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19 (round blue objects), emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. Image by the US NIAID (CC BY 2.0)
How Western Cape will check for a future Covid-19 surgeArticle

A large Cape Town survey of pregnant women attending public antental clinics, as well as people with HIV, suggests many people in the city have already been infected with the virus that causes Covid-19...

James Stent 7 Sep 2020

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Weekly injection could treat type 2 diabetes, new enzyme discovery suggestsArticle

A newly discovered protein produced by the liver, and which helps to control blood sugar levels, could potentially revolutionise treatment for type 2 diabetes...

Magdalene Montgomery & Matthew Watt 4 Sep 2020

This electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (round gold objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab. Image: NIAID-RML (CC BY 2.0)
Covid-19: How a Cape Town project saved many livesArticle

At the height of the Covid-19 outbreak in the Western Cape, a project was implemented that saved lives, and has the potential to save many more...

Neal David 2 Sep 2020

Children’s health and nutrition is severely affected by the pandemic. Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images
South Africa needs a plan to protect children's health beyond Covid-19Article

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a head-on challenge to even the most solid health systems in the world. In South Africa its onset collided with the already existing quadruple burden of disease...

Ute Feucht 28 Aug 2020

Africa's emerging entrepreneurs to showcase solutions
Africa's emerging entrepreneurs to showcase solutionsArticle

Emerging startups from around Africa will be showcasing their solutions to a panel of investors at the Startup Circles.ai Demo Day...

27 Aug 2020

New app to ease delivery of groceries to townships
New app to ease delivery of groceries to townshipsArticle

Yethu - meaning 'ours' - is an inclusive servicing app, designed to add dignity and quality of life to township and rural households...

26 Aug 2020

Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi can make a simple policy change that can allow South Africa to implement a health programme that will be a model for the world. Photo: Tariro Washinyira
Here's a quick health win for governmentArticle

How many people have died from Covid-19 in South Africa? The truth is that we don't really know. A simple change to government policy can go a long way towards changing that...

GroundUp editors 25 Aug 2020

Dr Rhulani Khosa and Dr Peters Mathebula
#OnTheFrontLine: Covid-19 transforms lives of healthcare workersArticle

In just a few short months, the Covid-19 pandemic has completely transformed the way that Limpopo healthcare workers go about their work and conduct their lives.

20 Aug 2020

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Technology can help people manage their diabetes - case study shows it's not being usedArticle

Non-communicable diseases are the leading cause of death globally. There's no cure for most of them, such as diabetes. Rather, they're controlled through lifelong medical treatment...

18 Aug 2020

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WC Health starts scaling-up essential servicesArticle

While the health service platform must remain geared to deal with Covid-19 pandemic, the Western Cape Department of Health needs to get back to the business of providing essential health services in a balanced way...

17 Aug 2020

What is shaping culture? Fad diets
What is shaping culture? Fad dietsArticle

Brett Rogers explores the edges of culture and how things are changing, providing valuable insights for brands wanting to understand who and what is shaping culture...

Brett Rogers 17 Aug 2020

Magazines ABC Q2 2020: Magazines non-submission reflects Covid-19 impact
Magazines ABC Q2 2020: Magazines non-submission reflects Covid-19 impactArticle

The period April to June 2020 of the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) for magazines is characterised by the negative effect of Covid-19 that has seen publishing houses closing and titles discontinued and terminated...

Danette Breitenbach 12 Aug 2020

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Antibiotic resistance: cheap diagnostic test could be a saviourArticle

With the world's attention focused on combating Covid-19, it is easy to forget the other significant threat to public health and the global economy - the rapid rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR)...

Lara Marks & Ankur Mutreja 11 Aug 2020

Bonitas preserves financial stability and reserves in a weak economy
Bonitas preserves financial stability and reserves in a weak economyArticle

Bonitas Medical Fund reported its financial results for 2019, announcing bolstered reserves of R4.3bn during extremely difficult trading conditions...

Issued by Bonitas 7 Aug 2020

Diabetes telemedicine gets booster shot from joint investment
Diabetes telemedicine gets booster shot from joint investmentArticle

AlphaCode, the fintech investment arm of Rand Merchant Investment Holdings (RMI), and the local investment fund of Endeavor, a global entrepreneur network, have recently concluded a joint investment in Guidepost, a South African healthcare technology business specialising in telemedicine for diabetics...

5 Aug 2020

Collaboration addresses the challenges of Covid-19
Collaboration addresses the challenges of Covid-19Article

"Collaboration between all the stakeholders is the cornerstone of tackling the coronavirus pandemic," this according to Lee Callakoppen, principal officer of Bonitas Medical Fund...

Issued by Bonitas 3 Aug 2020

How South African food companies go about shaping public health policy in their favour
How South African food companies go about shaping public health policy in their favourArticle

Diet-related diseases are major public health problems in SA. But many in the food industry strongly oppose globally recommended policies that could address these issues...

Gary Sacks, Eric Crosbie and Melissa Mialon 30 Jul 2020

Pandemic highlights the importance of dietetics
Pandemic highlights the importance of dieteticsArticle

As diabetes emerges, worldwide, as a top co-morbidity of Covid-19, there's an increasing focus for many of us on our family eating habits and how we can make smart, sustainable improvements to support immunity and overall health through food...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 28 Jul 2020

Covid-19: Key trends impacting primary healthcare
Covid-19: Key trends impacting primary healthcareArticle

The national lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 took everyone by surprise. After the government declared a State of Disaster in mid-March, most businesses had only a few days to either implement Covid-19 protocols or close their doors for an unknown period of time...

Issued by SA Shares 20 Jul 2020

Substitute teachers needed in public schools, applications open
Substitute teachers needed in public schools, applications openArticle

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) is working hard to ensure there is a teacher in every classroom during the Covid-19 pandemic, as the virus continues to spread rapidly...

17 Jul 2020

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Covid-19: South Africa should build on HIV activism to foster behaviour changeArticle

During a recent run in Newlands Forest, Cape Town, I encountered a few runners and walkers without masks. When I asked one of them where his mask was, he replied: "I'm running outdoors and if you don't like, stay at home."...

Steven Robins 15 Jul 2020

South African study highlights growing number of landfill sites, and health risks
South African study highlights growing number of landfill sites, and health risksArticle

There has been considerable public attention in recent years on the role of waste in developing countries, in particular because they are often recipients of waste that originates in developed countries...

Andrew Tomita and Rob Slotow 10 Jul 2020

People exercising in Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dino Lloyd/Gallo Images via Getty Images
South Africans must be healthier for universal healthcare to succeedArticle

Achieving a healthy population isn't easy for any country - rich or poor. One of the approaches that's gained traction over the past two decades is preventative care through health promotion...

Jane Simmonds & Charles Parry 8 Jul 2020

Exposure to sunshine for a few minutes is enough to provide sufficient vitamin D. GettyImages
Think vitamin D deficiency is not common in Africa? Think againArticle

The prevalence of vitamin D deficiency, and the number of diseases associated with it, seems to be increasing worldwide. Africa is known to have a huge burden of disease, but little is known about the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency...

Reagan Mogire 29 Jun 2020

New healthbot launched for high-risk patients
New healthbot launched for high-risk patientsArticle

The Western Cape Health Department has introduced an automated chatbot app which confirms delivery of chronic medication to patients' homes...

26 Jun 2020

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How deadly is Covid-19?Article

The official Covid-19 death toll is now over 450,000, but this is a considerable underestimate. An ongoing Financial Times analysis shows that excess deaths in many European countries far exceed their Covid-19 official death tolls.

GroundUp and Spotlight staff 19 Jun 2020

Call for action to address malnutrition in all its forms
Call for action to address malnutrition in all its formsArticle

The coronavirus pandemic has emphasised the importance of food security and nutritional wellbeing for all South Africans and has exposed the vulnerability and weaknesses of our food systems. In view of this, we call on the government to address malnutrition in all its forms...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 17 Jun 2020

Worrying trend as check ups drop off during pandemic
Worrying trend as check ups drop off during pandemicArticle

The poll conducted among 40 general practitioners comparing the number of consultations in May to previous years shows a worrying trend that could be putting thousands of lives at risk...

11 Jun 2020

Mary-Ann Davies
TB, HIV less likely to cause Covid-19 death than other comorbiditiesArticle

While it would be expected that the risk of Covid-19 death for people with tuberculosis (TB) or HIV to be very high, research in the Western Cape has shown that it is, in fact, fairly modest...

Nicci Botha 10 Jun 2020

The World Health Organisation has suspended the use of hydroxychloroquine in a global drug trial. George Frey/AFP via Getty Images
Why it's vital to look beyond the hype about repurposed malaria drugsArticle

There are many examples in history of drugs that have been repurposed for different diseases. One such drug is chloroquine, which was and is still used for malarial treatment. It has been repurposed as an anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and, most recently, as an anti-viral drug...

Marguerite Blignaut 8 Jun 2020

Survey shows what South Africans really miss about the office
Survey shows what South Africans really miss about the officeArticle

A nationwide survey by one of South Africa's largest workplace consultancies has revealed what we are missing about the workplace - and the surprisingly high number of people who want to get back to the office...

4 Jun 2020

Improving the quality of your sleep means better health and more youthful looks
Improving the quality of your sleep means better health and more youthful looksArticle

A lack of sleep, especially on an ongoing basis, has a terrible effect on your health. It's also one of the major causes of premature ageing...

Dr Graham Duncombe, Issued by Renewal Institute 3 Jun 2020

Making sense of the numbers - cases, co-morbidities and costs
Making sense of the numbers - cases, co-morbidities and costsArticle

As the number of Covid-19 infections moves over 21,000, both public and private healthcare is going to be under constant pressure...

Issued by Bonitas 26 May 2020

Women and children wait to be treated at a health clinic in northern Burkina Faso. Giles Clarke/UNOCHA via Getty Images
A new global health pattern: longer life for the poor, with more ailmentsArticle

With ageing come many benefits, including freedom, wisdom, perspective, and - in many cultures - respect. Unfortunately, the downside is that ageing also brings medical ailments...

Justine Ina Davies & Maria Odland 25 May 2020

St Augustine's Hospital
Findings from St Augustine's Covid-19 outbreakArticle

An investigation into the Covid-19 outbreak that led to the closure of Netcare St Augustine's Hospital in Durban found that, between 9 March and 30 April 2020, there were 119 confirmed cases identified at the hospital...

21 May 2020

Lifestyle diseases and coronavirus
Lifestyle diseases and coronavirusArticle

As the number of Covid-19 infections moves over 16,000, the health minister, Zweli Mkhize, has expressed concern about the huge risk group of South Africans suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. In other words, comorbidities...

Issued by Bonitas 19 May 2020

South Africa’s hard, extended lockdown has come at a significant economic cost. Shutterstock
South Africa's Covid-19 strategy needs updating: here's why and howArticle

Decision-making at the early stages of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic (the coronavirus causing Covid-19) was constrained by a paucity of medical evidence and epidemiological data...

Imraan Valodia, Alex van den Heever, Lucy Allais, Martin Veller, Shabir Madhi & Willem Venter 14 May 2020

The Africa Shared Value Leadership eSummit - not to be missed
The Africa Shared Value Leadership eSummit - not to be missedArticle

The virtual event draws African business leaders to share learnings on Covid-19 relief efforts...

Issued by Shift Impact Africa 14 May 2020

Riding the Covid-19 Curve: How one conscious company is doing the extraordinary to help the ordinary
Riding the Covid-19 Curve: How one conscious company is doing the extraordinary to help the ordinaryArticle

Over the Covid-19 lockdown period, most organisations have been using the time to align on their plans. However, AECI has already implemented its first round, measured the impact and identified even more areas for investment...

Sarika Modi, Issued by Triple Eight 8 May 2020

Winnie Byanyima, executive director, UNAIDS. Source: UNAIDS
Covid-19 and HIV: When two viruses collideArticle

There are many parallels between Covid-19 and HIV/Aids. There are both highly infectious novel viruses which reached pandemic proportions very quickly, and, at this point, there is no vaccine against either of them...

Nicci Botha 7 May 2020

Workers from Kinross Gold Mine, South Africa. Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images
Health and safety in the spotlight as South Africa's miners go back to workArticle

South Africa was put under strict social and economic lockdown on 26 March. By the end of April the government announced that it was easing some of the restrictions. This included allowing certain key sectors to begin operations once again. One of them was mining...

Nancy Coulson & Nicola Christofides 7 May 2020

Professor Renata Schoeman
What is our right to health?Article

The public health crisis resulting from Covid-19 has not only turned the spotlight on the basic human right of access to healthcare, but also on the need for people to take personal responsibility for their health...

5 May 2020

Tobacco companies go to court to challenge regulations
Tobacco companies go to court to challenge regulationsArticle

Tobacco companies want access to minutes of behind-closed-door meetings where ministers voted on Covid-19-busting regulations...

Tania Broughton 5 May 2020

Smart lockers fast-tracked during coronavirus pandemic
Smart lockers fast-tracked during coronavirus pandemicArticle

Due to high levels of fear, South Africans are increasingly missing their healthcare appointments and not collecting their chronic medication during lockdown...

30 Apr 2020

KardioMD Telehealth - medical help in your hands
KardioMD Telehealth - medical help in your handsArticle

In light of social distancing, patients are seeking alternative solutions to interacting with their doctors...

Issued by Cipla 29 Apr 2020

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