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Professor Abdool Karim appointed to WHO Science Council
Professor Abdool Karim appointed to WHO Science CouncilArticle

Professor Salim Abdool Karim has been appointed to the newly formed World Health Organisation (WHO) Science Council...

30 Apr 2021

Professor Shabir Madhi
Covid-19 is here to stayArticle

South Africa's Covid-19 death rate is likely to be three times higher than the official figures

21 Apr 2021

Standard Bank Top Women Leaders publication 16th edition 2021 - it's a must-see!
Standard Bank Top Women Leaders publication 16th edition 2021 - it's a must-see!Article

The 16th edition of Standard Bank Top Women Leaders boasts more than 200 pages of quality content, tons of in depth interviews with trailblazing women and critical information regarding top women-empowered companies...

Issued by Topco Media 15 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

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

Hydroxychloroquine does not reduce death in Covid-19 cases
International study shows hydroxychloroquine does not reduce Covid-19 deathsArticle

Hydroxychloroquine, the drug touted by former US President Donald Trump as a 'game changer', does not reduce deaths from the virus and may even cause unwanted damage, recent studies have found...

10 Mar 2021

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is effective against the strain of SARS-CoV-2 that is dominant in South Africa. Illustration: Lisa Venter
Johnson & Johnson vaccine looks excellent for South Africa in first published detailed analysisArticle

Interim results from clinical trials of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be presented to the United States' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday 26 February in an effort to obtain an emergency licence for its distribution...

Michael Cherry 25 Feb 2021

UP researchers receive prestigious grants for cancer research
UP researchers receive prestigious grants for cancer researchArticle

Two University of Pretoria (UP) researchers are among nine researchers in South Africa who have received funding grants from the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) as part of the SHIP programme...

9 Feb 2021

Accelerating access to palliative care is a fundamental human right
Accelerating access to palliative care is a fundamental human rightArticle

A webinar, focused on highlighting the imperative for a concerted and collaborative effort to accelerate access to palliative care during Covid-19 and beyond, took place on Sunday, 24 January 2021...

Issued by MANGO-OMC 3 Feb 2021

Study shows that the Novavax vaccine is effective against the dominant variant of Covid-19 in South Africa. Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Results from Novavax vaccine trials in the UK and South Africa differ: why, and does it matter?Article

To fast track the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, a broad range of candidate Covid-19 vaccines are being investigated...

Ina Skosana 2 Feb 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused some 85,000 deaths among South Africans over 60. Image: NIAID-RML (CC BY 2.0)
Nearly 85,000 older South Africans have probably died from Covid-19Article

Since 3 May 2020, there have been nearly 85,000 excess deaths of people over the age of 60, according to the SA Medical Research Council report on weekly deaths, published on 23 January.

James Stent 26 Jan 2021

Health care workers and patients in the temporary outside area Steve Biko Academic Hospital created to screen and treat suspected Covid-19 cases in Pretoria. Alet Pretorius/Gallo Images via Getty Images
South African scientists who discovered new Covid-19 variant share what they knowArticle

Late last year the Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa (NGS-SA) led by the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (Krisp) identified a rapidly spreading new variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19...

Willem Hanekom & Tulio de Oliveira 25 Jan 2021

This graph published by the MRC shows how much worse the second Covid-19 surge is than the first one that peaked in July.
Record number of South Africans died in first week of 2021Article

South Africa had a record 10,907 excess deaths from natural causes in the week of 30 December to 5 January, according to the 11 January mortality surveillance report from the Burden of Disease Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council. In total, 20,063 people died in one week.

James Stent and Nathan Geffen 14 Jan 2021

Professor Alex van den Heever, chair, Social Security Systems Administration and Management Studies at the Wits School of Governance.
The South African health system after Covid-19Article

Health systems in countries such as South Africa are invariably characterised by a mix of public authorities with wider social obligations and private arrangements, such as insurance and service provision, responsive to individual demand and need...

Alex van den Heever 7 Jan 2021

Misinformation on social media fuels vaccine hesitancy: a global study shows the link
Misinformation on social media fuels vaccine hesitancy: a global study shows the linkArticle

Vaccine hesitancy is a severe threat to global health, according to the World Health Organisation. The term refers to the delay in acceptance or the refusal of vaccines, despite the availability of vaccination services. It's a serious risk to the people who aren't getting vaccinated as well as the wider community...

28 Dec 2020

A graphic of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. Image by Hanna Vega Yinon M Bar-On, Avi Flamholz, Rob Phillips, and Ron Milo via Wikimedia, published in Cell Biology by the Numbers (CC BY-SA 4.0)
#Covid19: Blood tests to be conducted on 19,000 people in nine provincesArticle

Blood samples are to be taken from up to 19,000 people across all provinces, in the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) two-phase nationwide Covid-19 seroprevalence survey...

James Stent 11 Dec 2020

A substantial proportion of people may refuse or delay taking a Covid-19 vaccine. Shutterstock
Misinformation on social media fuels vaccine hesitancy: a global study shows the linkArticle

Vaccine hesitancy is a severe threat to global health, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO)...

Steven Lloyd Wilson & Charles Shey Wiysonge 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

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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

UKZN’s Emeritus Professor Anna Coutsoudis
SA study recommends changes to PMTCT guidelinesArticle

A recent study by the UKZN and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) recommends changes to the WHO's HIV prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programme guidelines...

10 Nov 2020

The polio eradication programme in Africa directly combated a severe debilitating disease. Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP via Getty Images
How ending polio in Africa has had positive spinoffs for public healthArticle

Polio is a highly infectious disease. It's caused by a virus that enters the body through the mouth. The virus then multiplies in the intestine and attacks the central nervous system - causing paralysis...

Charles Shey Wiysonge 4 Nov 2020

Covid-19: Excess deaths for second week running
Covid-19: Excess deaths for second week runningArticle

Natural deaths have been above normal for the second consecutive week. This is according to the South African Medical Research Council's (MRC) latest report on the weekly deaths in the country...

Marecia Damons 30 Oct 2020

Road safety campaign commits to ensuring the safety of children
Road safety campaign commits to ensuring the safety of childrenArticle

Imperial Logistics has announced that its Be safe. Be smart road safety campaign in partnership with Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire will be handing out 'walking safety belts' to learners in eight schools in South Africa's North West province this Transport Month...

9 Oct 2020

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Experts dissect SA's Covid-19 responseArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic caught the country unaware, but several lessons can be drawn from the crisis as we look ahead into implementing the National Health Insurance (NHI)...

14 Sep 2020

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Four more airports to operate under level 2Article

In addition to the 14 airports already permitted to operate, four more airports have been given the green light to resume operations, says Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula.

26 Aug 2020

South African paradox
South African paradoxArticle

Dr Nadine Lake is a lecturer and Programme Director of the Gender Studies programme in the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies...

Dr Nadine Lake, Issued by University of the Free State 25 Aug 2020

Treasury grants 90-days deferral of excise tax due on alcoholic beverages
Treasury grants 90-days deferral of excise tax due on alcoholic beveragesArticle

The alcohol industry welcomes the positive response from the National Treasury to its request for a deferment of excise tax on alcoholic beverages...

4 Aug 2020

SA alcohol industry requests data informing renewed ban
SA alcohol industry requests data informing renewed banArticle

Stakeholders in South Africa's alcohol industry are requesting the research data that informed the recent reinstatement of the ban on sales and distribution of alcohol...

17 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

A volunteer receives an injection from a medical worker during the country’s first human clinical trial for a potential vaccine against Covid-19 in Soweto, South Africa. Felix Dlangamandla/Beeld/Gallo Images via Getty Images
Covid-19 vaccine: the challenges of running a trial in the middle of a pandemicArticle

South Africa recently announced the start of the country's first Covid-19 vaccine clinical trial. The vaccine is also being tested in the UK and Brazil...

Jeffrey Mphahlele 7 Jul 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

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

Professor Glenda Gray
SAMRC drops probe into Prof Glenda Gray's Covid-19 regulations commentsArticle

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) has dropped the investigation into its president, Professor Glenda Gray, for critical comments she made in an interview about the government's Covid-19 regulations in an interview...

26 May 2020

The drug is set to improve HIV treatment. Shutterstock
ARV breakthrough: trial in South Africa confirms effectiveness of new drugArticle

A new antiretroviral drug regimen has been given the go-ahead by the World Health Organisation. This follows the preliminary results from studies that include an ongoing trial in South Africa...

Michelle Moorhouse & Willem Daniel Francois Venter 29 Nov 2019

Africa is home to 92% of malaria cases and 93% of malaria deaths. Shutterstock
Collaboration pushes frontiers of anti-malaria drug regimesArticle

More than 200 million people around the world suffered from malaria in 2017. Over 400,000 died. The vast majority - around 90% - were in Africa, where many are all too familiar with the devastating impact of the disease...

Kelly Chibale & Richard Gordon 19 Nov 2019

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We did the sums on South Africa's mental health spend. They're not prettyArticle

South Africa has taken steps towards strengthening mental healthcare in the last 20 years. These include reforming the Mental Health Care Act 2002 and developing a National Mental Health Policy Framework and Strategic Plan 2013-2020...

Sumaiyah Docrat & Crick Lund 9 Oct 2019

Professor Glenda Gray, president of the South African Medical Research Council. Photo: South African Medical Research Council
Hope for HIV vaccine being tested in South AfricaArticle

An HIV vaccine candidate - initially tested in Thailand, where it had modest effects - has shown potential in a study in South Africa...

Elsabé Brits 23 Sep 2019

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Teach the boy-child to respect all genders from an early ageArticle

Battered, bruised and frightened more and more South African women are beginning to learn that hiding behind the locked doors of their homes may not keep them safe from abuse...

11 Sep 2019

Image: World Vision International
Antimalarials less effective in malnourished childrenArticle

The most-prescribed antimalarial drug is less effective in severely malnourished children, a University of Cape Town study shows...

16 Aug 2019

The drug is set to improve HIV treatment. shutterstock
ARV breakthrough: trial in South Africa confirms effectiveness of new drugArticle

A new antiretroviral drug regimen has been given the go-ahead by the World Health Organisation. This follows the preliminary results from studies that include an ongoing trial in South Africa...

Michelle Moorhouse & Willem Daniel Francois Venter 31 Jul 2019

Countries can be better prepared and respond faster to disease outbreaks if public health data is shared more freely. Shutterstock
Sharing data can help prevent public health emergencies in AfricaArticle

Global collaboration and sharing data on public health emergencies is important to fight the spread of infectious diseases...

Moses John Bockarie 8 Jul 2019

There’s a lack of research that deals specifically with conditions in African countries. Shutterstock
Africa needs to up its research game to fight non-communicable diseasesArticle

Non-communicable diseases are the current leading cause of death worldwide. And the burden is increasingly shifting from developed to developing countries...

Andre Pascal Kengne, Elvis Banboye Kidzeru & Muki Shey 19 Jun 2019

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The three big studies pushing at the frontiers of HIV preventionArticle

There are an estimated 5,000 new HIV transmissions every day. Around 70% of the 37-million people living with HIV globally are in sub-Saharan Africa...

Glenda Gray 14 Jun 2019

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Breastfeeding could provide life-long immunity to infection, studyArticle

Until now, immunity to infection was passed from mother to child during breastfeeding; and this protection ends when breastfeeding stops...

4 Jun 2019

Mycobacterium tuberculosis under the microscope.
SU researchers study resistance to 'protect' new TB drugArticle

Scientists from Stellenbosch University (SU), in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians, are working on how Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB), can develop resistance to Bedaquiline...

3 Jun 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

While women in sub-Saharan Africa live longer than men, many of these extra years are lived in poor health. Shutterstock
People in Africa live longer. But their health is poor in those extra yearsArticle

People are now living longer in sub-Saharan Africa than they did two decades ago...

Charles Shey Wiysonge 20 Dec 2018

Professor Kelly Chibale. Photo: Je'nine May
R&D is the pipeline for science jobs in AfricaArticle

There's a critical need to invest in a research & development (R&D) industry that could create a pipeline of jobs for science graduates in Africa...

5 Dec 2018

The life expectancy improvements in sub-Saharan Africa vary between men and women. Shutterstock
Lifestyle diseases could scupper Africa's rising life expectancyArticle

People in sub-Saharan Africa are now living longer than ever before. A child born in the region today is expected to live up to 64 years on average...

Charles Shey Wiysonge 27 Nov 2018

Yellow mongoose probably don’t come to mind when thinking of scavengers - but they have been found to scavenge and scatter body parts. Jonathan Pledger/Shutterstock
How scavengers can help forensic scientists identify human corpsesArticle

When the police recover skeletonised, burnt or heavily decomposed bodies, they need forensic experts to make sense of what they've found. One important question in such cases is: when did the person die?

Victoria Gibbon 15 Nov 2018

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