Aisha Abdool Karim

‘I thought it’s just what fathers do’: How sex education can tackle child abuse

Thousands of children are abused by someone close to them but are unable to report it, because they’re either too scared or don’t realise they’re being abused. Here’s how training teachers to provide proper sex education can help them

It’s better to help rather than punish teen mothers

One in six South African teenagers aged 15 to 19 have had a child. Here’s how to help them stay in school

Transparency tightrope: Why regulators are being taken to court over COVID vaccine

The US and South African medicines regulators have faced legal challenges regarding information used to review and approve Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine

Why South Africa won’t be using the Covid-19 pill

South Africa is unlikely to buy a new oral Covid-19 pill called molnupiravir, despite the drug having been approved for use in the country. That’s because deciding to spend money on a medication rests on more than just whether it works

Covid-19 Boosters: Why time is not enough to get people to line up for their next shot

You can now mix and match boosters and also get them sooner. But what’s the science behind it?

How your body can protect you from getting sick with Omicron

Omicron’s many mutations allow it to duck our body’s natural defence, but the immune system has a some tricks to prevent you from getting severely ill

How quickly Omicron is spreading in South Africa?

The Omicron variant’s spread across South Africa has already surpassed the peak of the Delta-driven third wave. Here’s what the data tells us so far about how quickly Omicron spreads — but truly understanding the variant will take more time.

How South Africa’s ivermectin use slips through the cracks

There is less demand for ivermectin when South Africa is between Covid-19 waves. But nobody is tracking how many people may be using the animal formulation

Why science & research can be hard to swallow: Sputnik V and the giant hamburger of trust

The scientific process is like a hamburger. By examining the quality of each ingredient, you can see how good the end product is. You wouldn’t want mouldy bread or wilted lettuce ruining a perfectly good meal — and similarly you don’t want bad science ruining what could otherwise be a perfectly good vaccine. We look at whether Sputnik V could make it onto the menu.

How not to run a vaccine clinical trial – The Sputnik case study

Russia’s COVID vaccine, Sputnik V, is plagued by a series of red flags and question marks surrounding its clinical trials and results. Here’s how the jab took a shortcut and created sceptics about its underlying science.

Getting Covid-19 after being vaccinated can happen – but it’s rare. Here’s what we know so far

Vaccines help to reduce the spread of Covid-19, but they are not without shortcomings. Here’s what they can and can’t do

Born before 1986? Here’s how to get a Covid vaccine without an appointment

We look at who can get a Covid vaccine under phase two of South Africa’s national roll-out, what happens when you walk into a site and how the cost of shots are covered

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