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Lift the veil on drug pricing and trade agreements, the UN urges companies and states
Lift the veil on drug pricing and trade agreements, the UN urges companies and states
A United Nations panel has called for pharmaceutical companies and governments to be more transparent about drug prices and closed door trade...
Sex workers say police destroyed HIV meds and withheld medical care after raids
Sex workers say police destroyed HIV meds and withheld medical care after raids
Sex workers have accused Emalahleni police of destroying their HIV treatment and denying them access to medical attention in jail. The...
When it comes to organ donation, women may be more likely to give than to receive
When it comes to organ donation, women may be more likely to give than to receive
Eight out of 10 registered organ donors in South Africa are women and, although there is no formal research into why this is the case, the 
Working too hard: Social grants stretched thin within a failing system
Working too hard: Social grants stretched thin within a failing system
While the child support grant has had a significant impact on the lives of disadvantaged children in South Africa, the full reach of the grant is...
Almost half of centres for rape survivors may lose funding for counselling services
Almost half of centres for rape survivors may lose funding for counselling services
Almost 50% of government’s service centres for rape survivors may be without counsellors after September after international funding for the...
Tens of thousands of children may starve to death in Boko Haram-affected areas
Tens of thousands of children may starve to death in Boko Haram-affected areas
About 500 000 children in West Africa are likely to suffer from severe malnutrition this year as Nigeria’s Boko Haram...
‘Most citizens are poor so private hospitals seem costly – they are not’
‘Most citizens are poor so private hospitals seem costly – they are not’
The high cost of private hospitals is a mere perception, says the Hospital Association of South Africa (Hasa), which represents the major private...
​Rains and conflict will make bids to control
South Sudan's cholera outbreak harder
​Rains and conflict will make bids to control South Sudan's cholera outbreak harder
In the wake of renewed violence and insecurity, South Sudan is now also facing a cholera outbreak. But many aid agencies are working with diminished staff and supplies, which could severely hamper efforts to control the epidemic....
South Africa faces paediatric cancer drug shortage as suppliers fail to meet demand
South Africa faces paediatric cancer drug shortage as suppliers fail to meet demand
As the health department sources alternative drug suppliers, doctors may be forced to make tough decisions with at least five key cancer drugs in...
Women praise HIV prevention pill as research could produce a simpler injection
Women praise HIV prevention pill as research could produce a simpler injection
It’s like so annoying, it’s literally so huge — it’s like sugar bean-sized — but you gotta do what you gotta do to live,” says...
#AIDS2016: Sex workers stuck in a tug of war between science and conservatism
#AIDS2016: Sex workers stuck in a tug of war between science and conservatism
After almost two decades of work, the South African Law Reform Commission has...
A roundup of fake AIDS 'cures': Angel Zapper, Garani MW1, Topvein, SF 2000
A roundup of fake AIDS 'cures': Angel Zapper, Garani MW1, Topvein, SF 2000
Type "HIV cure" in Google these days and it is more likely to link you to a scientifically-supported explanation than a fake therapy not backed by...
#AIDS2016: SA pays its HIV bill but faces budget gap for expanded treatment
#AIDS2016: SA pays its HIV bill but faces budget gap for expanded treatment
South Africa's HIV budget would have to increase by 50% to 60% in the next five years to total about R35-billion a year by 2020 if...
#AIDS2016: Protesters disrupt conference demanding free condoms in schools
#AIDS2016: Protesters disrupt conference demanding free condoms in schools
More than a dozen protesters disrupted the International Aids...

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