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Global Citizen announces Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as campaign chairs of Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World
Global Citizen announces Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as campaign chairs of Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the WorldArticle

Global Citizen has announced exciting new additions to the lineup for Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World, which will take place on Sunday, 2 May...

Issued by OnPoint PR 28 Apr 2021

Medical doctors are making the transition to virtual medicine and digitise their practices
Medical doctors are making the transition to virtual medicine and digitise their practicesArticle

Developed and presented by Henley Business School Africa, the unique six-week course is designed to help medical doctors especially transition to virtual medicine and digitise their practices in the process...

Issued by Henley Business School 20 Apr 2021

Molecular-level detail of the interaction of trehalose bound to the mycobacterial LpqY transporter.
Credit: University of Warwick
Starving TB of sugar could help fight the diseaseArticle

Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) is a unique pathogen in that it is able to survive in the human body for decades...

19 Apr 2021

Global Citizen urges wealthy nations to pledge 'dollars for doses' to vaccinate 6.5m African health workers
Global Citizen urges wealthy nations to pledge 'dollars for doses' to vaccinate 6.5m African health workersArticle

President Cyril Ramaphosa has pledged his support for Global Citizen's Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World, to draw attention to the need to vaccinate, end Covid-19 and kickstart a global economic recovery...

Issued by OnPoint PR 14 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

Dr Mohammed Rassool, deputy director, and Dr Pauline Howell, senior medical officer, Clinical HIV Research Unit
#WorldTBDay2021: Dramatic strides in research, but with challengesArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the country's TB programme, and led to a decline in the diagnosis rate. Now it seems that the health system is seeing an increase in patients presenting with more advanced TB...

Mohammed Rassool & Pauline Howell 24 Mar 2021

If left untreated, latent TB infection can progress to TB disease.
Mujahid Safodien/AFP via Getty Images
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

A tribute to a giant in the palliative care community
A tribute to a giant in the palliative care communityArticle

The palliative care community mourns the recent passing of Dr Sarah Fakoodreen, who passed away suddenly on 14 March 2021...

Issued by MANGO-OMC 19 Mar 2021

Train passengers carried out a Covid-19 detection test with the GeNose C19 screening at Pasar Turi Station, Surabaya, February 15, 2021.
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Indonesian-made Covid-19 breathalyser sensitivity comparable to RT-PCRArticle

A year into the Covid-19 pandemic, global testing capacity sadly mimics countries' GDP per capita. Testing requires money, and rich countries can spend more on tests than middle-income and poor countries...

17 Mar 2021

The WHO recommends that TB prevalence surveys be done in high burden countries. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
First ever national survey shows the extent of South Africa's TB problemArticle

South Africa's long-awaited tuberculosis (TB) prevalence survey results were recently released. This is the first national prevalence survey of its kind for TB in South Africa...

Emily B Wong & Alison Grant 15 Mar 2021

Antiretroviral treatment found to reduce risk of developing active TB - study
Antiretroviral treatment found to reduce risk of developing active TB - studyArticle

Research has discovered that antiretroviral treatment (ART) reduces the risk of developing active TB in HIV co-infected people by reducing the activation of the body's immune response...

11 Mar 2021

Study focuses on better approaches to interrupt TB transmission
Study focuses on better approaches to interrupt TB transmissionArticle

Tuberculosis (TB) is ranked as one of the deadliest infectious diseases globally. According to the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Global Tuberculosis Report]], Africa hosts 25% of the world's TB burden...

3 Mar 2021

“We saw patients dying for avoidable reasons. They were dying because masks that came loose were not being replaced,” says MSF Covid-19 intervention nursing activities manager, Caroline Masunda. Chris Allan
Small things can save lives: coping with Covid-19 in resource-scarce hospitalsArticle

Everywhere, patients have died from Covid-19 when patient numbers exceeded the capacity of the health system. The number of doctors, nurses and oxygen points just wasn't enough...

Gilles van Cutsem 2 Mar 2021

Access and affordability: South African launch of critical medications drives equitable access
Access and affordability: South African launch of critical medications drives equitable accessArticle

In putting healthcare in South Africa under the microscope, Covid-19 has exposed many weaknesses inherent in the country's fractured socio-economic environment...

Paul Miller, Issued by Cipla 1 Feb 2021

South African challengers to watch in 2021
South African challengers to watch in 2021Article

Here are five brands we believe are worth watching in 2021...

Issued by eatbigfish 19 Jan 2021

Medicines are only approved for use by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority when there is sufficient evidence that their benefits outweigh their risks.
Ivermectin and Covid-19: Why it's promising but why we need to be cautiousArticle

There is a clamour by some people for ivermectin to be approved by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) to treat Covid-19...

Rufaro Samanga 15 Jan 2021

Introducing the winners for The Sponsors of Brave: The Next Generation
Introducing the winners for The Sponsors of Brave: The Next GenerationArticle

Selected from hundreds of nominations made by readers all over South Africa, 10 incredible nominee stories were selected, paired up with impactful mentors, and featured on Sponsors of Brave: The Next Generation...

Issued by The SpaceStation 22 Dec 2020

Honour the brave: Celebrating the next generation of healthcare professionals - voting closes midnight Friday, 11 December
Honour the brave: Celebrating the next generation of healthcare professionals - voting closes midnight Friday, 11 DecemberArticle

Season two of 'Sponsors of Brave' has been a resounding success with nominations pouring in and a phenomenal 10 overall inspirational nominees chosen...

Issued by The SpaceStation 8 Dec 2020

New test for Johne's disease could be a game-changer
New test for Johne's disease could be a game-changerArticle

A promising new test for Johne's disease in dairy cattle has been developed at the Institute for Global Food Security and School of Biological Sciences at Queen's University Belfast...

4 Dec 2020

People relying on HIV prevention, care and treatment services have become even more vulnerable because of COVID-19. Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images
Why it's important to keep diagnosing and treating HIV during the Covid-19 pandemicArticle

Since 2013, global efforts have been made to gain control over the Aids epidemic by 2020 through UNAIDS' 90-90-90 targets...

Kathryn L Hopkins & Glenda Gray 30 Nov 2020

Professor Adrie Bekker
Study investigates best treatment options for newborns exposed to HIVArticle

Researchers at Stellenbosch University (SU) are searching for the safest and most effective treatment for babies at high risk of contracting HIV...

27 Nov 2020

Strengthening healthcare supply chain systems in Africa
Strengthening healthcare supply chain systems in AfricaArticle

The distribution of a Covid-19 vaccine from drugmakers to billions of people around the world is likely to be the supply chain management profession's greatest endeavour ever...

20 Nov 2020

Early diagnosis and treatment are key in the fight against HIV. Peter Casaer
Millions of people are on treatment for HIV: why are so many still dying?Article

Twenty years ago treatment for HIV was a rare luxury in South Africa. Exorbitant costs and President Thabo Mbeki's government's fierce opposition to providing antiretroviral treatment (ART) kept it out of the public sector...

Gilles van Cutsem 19 Nov 2020

Honour the 'brave': Celebrating the next generation of healthcare professionals
Honour the 'brave': Celebrating the next generation of healthcare professionalsArticle

The 2020 Sponsors of Brave campaign - a partnership between Adcock Ingram OTC and News24 - aims to celebrate the unsung heroes and brave professionals in healthcare...

Issued by The SpaceStation 17 Nov 2020

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Diabetes is a ticking time bomb in Sub-Saharan AfricaArticle

Diabetes is a serious, chronic condition that affects the lives and well-being of individuals, families, and societies globally. It is characterised by excess levels of sugar in the blood...

Chinwe Juliana Iwu-Jaja, Andre Pascal Kengne & Charles Shey Wiysonge 13 Nov 2020

A response led by scientists and researchers must be central to any current and future threats. Donwilson Odhiambo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Strong leadership fought Covid-19 in Africa: the next step is to harness researchArticle

African countries are still reeling from the effect of measures, such as lockdowns, taken to contain the spread of Covid-19...

Monique Wasunna 12 Nov 2020

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, regional head, Africa, World Health Organisation
Africa's fragile health system hit hard by Covid-19Article

A sharp decline in five key essential services in 14 African countries between January and September 2020 is indicative of how the Covid-19 pandemic could deepen the continent's health services crisis...

9 Nov 2020

Mosquitoes and parasites do not respect country borders. CDC/James Gathan
As the malaria season begins in southern Africa, Covid-19 complicates the pictureArticle

Two of the nine global public health awareness days are associated with malaria: World Malaria Day, observed on 25 April, and World Mosquito Day on 20 August...

Jaishree Raman & Shüné Oliver 6 Nov 2020

TB study sheds light on disease development
TB study sheds light on disease developmentArticle

A study has shown that certain immune systems react differently when exposed to the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (Mycobacterium tuberculosis or Mtb) than others...

2 Nov 2020

KwaZulu-Natal community and medical staff benefit from the Beiersdorf International Aid Programme
KwaZulu-Natal community and medical staff benefit from the Beiersdorf International Aid ProgrammeArticle

Earlier this year, Beiersdorf pledged to contribute to society's collective fight against the Covid-19 pandemic by creating an immediate €50m international aid programme...

Issued by Beiersdorf Southern Africa 2 Nov 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

Covid-19 will not change cities in long term - Norman Foster
Covid-19 will not change cities in long term - Norman FosterArticle

Delivering an opening keynote to the first United Nations Forum of Mayors earlier this month in Geneva, Switzerland, Norman Foster, founder and executive chairman of Foster + Partners, said the coronavirus pandemic will not change cities in the long term...

26 Oct 2020

Scientists around Africa are working at the cutting edge of research and their work is relevant beyond the continent. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images
Quality research in Africa matters more than ever - for the whole worldArticle

We are at a unique moment in history. Two particular, ongoing events stand out. Covid-19 is one. The other is a long-overdue recognition of inequities among people in the US and worldwide...

Thomas Kariuki & Elizabeth Marincola 16 Oct 2020

Businesses all over the country closed their doors for good. GettyImages
Lockdown didn't work in South Africa: why it shouldn't happen againArticle

At the start of October, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Chinese government lauded South Africa's response to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Benjamin T H Smart & Alex Broadbent 15 Oct 2020

Reprioritising existing occupational health threats in a time of Covid-19
Reprioritising existing occupational health threats in a time of Covid-19Article

The Covid-19 pandemic has posed a threat to global health systems and forced the restructuring of resources for healthcare the world over, including in respect of tuberculosis (TB), HIV and non-communicable diseases (NCDs)...

12 Oct 2020

Conditions like HIV, TB, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease increase the risk of pulmonary hypertension. Shutterstock
Pulmonary hypertension: why creating awareness is key in AfricaArticle

Pulmonary hypertension is elevated blood pressure that occurs exclusively in the lungs. It is a deadly condition that affects an estimated 75-million people worldwide. Around 80% of them live in low- and middle-income countries...

Gerald J Maarman 9 Oct 2020

Digital strategy and content for Adolescent Girls and Young Women Programme
Digital strategy and content for Adolescent Girls and Young Women ProgrammeArticle

Nacosa seeks the services of a suitably qualified and experienced consultant to develop a comprehensive digital strategy, content and analytics for engaging and retaining vulnerable adolescent girls and young women and amplifying their voices during the Covid-19 pandemic...

Issued by Nacosa 8 Oct 2020

Covid-19: Examining theories for Africa's low death rates
Covid-19: Examining theories for Africa's low death ratesArticle

As the threat of a Covid-19 pandemic emerged earlier this year, many felt a sense of apprehension about what would happen when it reached Africa.

Kevin Mars & Moses Alobo 8 Oct 2020

Covid-19 has not been as devastating in South Africa as initially feared. Dino Lloyd/Gallo Images via Getty Images
Covid-19 and HIV: so far it seems the outcome is not what was fearedArticle

Based on official figures - which may be somewhat under reported - Covid-19 has not been as devastating in South Africa as initially feared...

Burtram C. Fielding 21 Sep 2020

Ignored fungal infections kill more people annually than HIV and malaria combined
Ignored fungal infections kill more people annually than HIV and malaria combinedArticle

Recently published estimates put the burden of disease due to fungal infection in South Africa at more than 3 million cases per year. These figures are especially shocking given that prior to 1980, fungal infections were not a major health problem...

Carolina Pohl-Albertyn, Issued by University of the Free State 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

Young entrepreneur fills medical supply gap in rural Africa
Young entrepreneur fills medical supply gap in rural AfricaArticle

After identifying a need for medical consumables and disposables to difficult-to-deliver regions and rural communities across Africa, Tony McPherson launched McPherson Trading, a tender based procurement consultancy to help fill this gap...

9 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

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Food is one aspect, but safe food is crucialArticle

The Covid-19 crisis has magnified the incredible public health challenge our world face. Nowhere is this challenge more apparent than in food production...

24 Aug 2020

Katrina Jacobs
#WomensMonth: Katrina Jacobs goes the extra mile for her TB patientsArticle

Not even a pandemic can deter community health worker Katrina Jacobs from conducting door-to-door health visits to her tuberculosis (TB) patients living in informal settlements and backyard dwellings...

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

A healthcare worker in a protective suit is seen at a quarantine and isolation centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.
How Covid-19 threatens efforts to contain HIV/Aids in South AfricaArticle

When the Covid-19 pandemic began to spread rapidly across the globe, scientists expressed concern that people living with HIV would be particularly severely affected...

Nesri Padayatchi & Kogie Naidoo 21 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

A researcher holds a Covid-19 mRNA vaccine at the National Primate Research Center of Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Chaiwat Subprasom/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Africa waited for solutions to past health crises: will it be different for Covid-19?Article

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently noted that "researchers are working at break-neck speed" to understand SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease (Covid-19)...

Hailay Gesesew 2 Jul 2020

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