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Mara Kardas-Nelson

Mara Kardas-Nelson

Mara Kardas-Nelson is a journalist with the Mail & Guardian's Centre for Health Journalism, where she focuses on access to medicine, health policy, financing, and planning. She has been contributing to the Mail & Guardian since 2009, writing on a wide variety of topics ranging from the environment to development to local culture. In 2010 she shared a Mondi Shanduka Newspaper award with photographer Sam Reinders for their work on acid mine drainage in Gauteng and Mpumalanga. Her work has appeared in publications across Africa, North America, and Europe. 
    Sierra Leoneans: Surviving Ebola - only to face discrimination
    Sierra Leoneans: Surviving Ebola - only to face discrimination
    Nearly a year after he was discharged from an Ebola treatment unit, Abdul Karim Bah experienced Ebola symptoms. And he has also been stigmatised...
    Ebola survivors: "They think we still have the virus and won't get close to us."
    Ebola survivors: "They think we still have the virus and won't get close to us."
    Nearly a year after he was discharged from an Ebola treatment unit, Abdul Karim Bah experienced Ebola symptoms. He is one of the ...
    Controversial Messina doctor's medical licence revoked
    Controversial Messina doctor's medical licence revoked
    Nearly a year after initial complaints were filed with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA), outlining alleged medical and...
    Gentlemen, let's talk about HIV
    Gentlemen, let's talk about HIV
    In some ways, Phumzile ­Nywagi is remarkably average: a ­married middle-aged father focused on work and family who, like millions of other...
    US health policy weighs on SA's HIV patients
    US health policy weighs on SA's HIV patients
    A forthcoming report, written by the US advocacy group Health Global Access Project (Health Gap) and the University of Pennsylvania, suggests that...
    Brazil and Thailand got it right – can SA really make NHI work?
    Brazil and Thailand got it right – can SA really make NHI work?
    In 1988, less than half of Brazil's population had health coverage, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). But by 2008, it estimated...
    Shift in mood towards HIV
    Shift in mood towards HIV
    Just a few short years ago, HIV conferences taking place in Africa and internationally were about shaming political leaders, donors, and drug...
    NHI still has a way to go before the training wheels come off
    NHI still has a way to go before the training wheels come off
    It’s been just over 18 months since 11 pilot sites were chosen and financed to support limited health intervention in preparation for, and to...
    Fresh woes for dodgy doctor
    Fresh woes for dodgy doctor
    Another complaint has been filed regarding Dr Allick Msebe Dube, who currently acts as the senior clinical chief executive officer at Messina...
    'You can fight if you have support'
    'You can fight if you have support'
    Two years ago Phumeza Tisile's doctor told her that she didn't have much longer to live. After Tisile  had battled the extensively drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis (XDR-TB) for years, tests showed that she wasn't responding well to treatment. She was told to...
    Hospital staff dismissed for striking against dodgy doctor
    Hospital staff dismissed for striking against dodgy doctor
    The strike in question took place at Messina Hospital in Musina, Limpopo in May, when hundreds of hospital employees protested in order to...
    Brazil's sick of patent exploitation
    Brazil's sick of patent exploitation
    In 1996, in reaction to the enormity of the country's HIV epidemic and citing its constitutional obligation to protect the right to health, the...