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Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Laura Lopez Gonzalez is the health news editor at the M&G. Lopez has covered health for more than 10 years, working for Irin, Doctors Without Borders and the Open Society Foundations. She was the print editor of Health-e News Service and has won numerous awards. Lopez has a passion for getting the science right and understanding how health policies affect everyday people. Otherwise you’ll find her reading non-fiction and hot gluing things to, well, other things.
    Condoms at school? Yes, says a new education policy
    Condoms at school? Yes, says a new education policy
    School governing bodies and parents will no longer be able to prevent pupils from getting condoms at schools, according to a new basic education department...
    #LifeEsidimeni: More than a year later, still no prosecutions
    #LifeEsidimeni: More than a year later, still no prosecutions
    For families of more than 100 mental health patients who died after being shunted from state-subsidised care, justice remains a waiting game as...
    Has South Africa's new HIV plan been captured?
    Has South Africa's new HIV plan been captured?
    South Africa’s recently...
    Is your child vaccinated against measles? Here’s why they might need a booster shot
    Is your child vaccinated against measles? Here’s why they might need a booster shot
    At least 17 cases of measles cases in Gauteng have sparked a 24-day vaccine campaign in the...
    SA continuing to negotiate affordable access to TB drug
    SA continuing to negotiate affordable access to TB drug
    South Africa will begin providing a new drug worth hundreds of thousands of rand to patients with drug-resistant TB. The drug will be provided free...
    The future of take-away? I'll take a large pizza - and an HIV test - for delivery
    The future of take-away? I'll take a large pizza - and an HIV test - for delivery
    Each year, health researchers converge for a marathon of science. The  Conference on...
    #LifeEsidimeni: Patients still missing after deadly move from state care
    #LifeEsidimeni: Patients still missing after deadly move from state care
    The Gauteng health department is hoping to avoid legal battles with families of the almost 1 400 mental health patients removed from state care and...
    Two drugs could be the key to quicker TB cures
    Two drugs could be the key to quicker TB cures
    The fate of millions of people may lie in just two little pills. New tuberculosis (TB) drugs pioneered in South Africa may be the key to shaving...
    Nutrition remains single biggest ‘missed opportunity’ in health, says Gates
    Nutrition remains single biggest ‘missed opportunity’ in health, says Gates
    The key to unleashing waves of human potential lies on our plates and in our food but nutrition remains overlooked, underfunded and misunderstood,...
    #LifeEsidimeni: NGOs 'chose patients like cattle at an auction'
    #LifeEsidimeni: NGOs 'chose patients like cattle at an auction'
    Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu resigned this week after the health ombudsman uncovered that her negligence led to the deaths of 94 state mental...
    [EXCLUSIVE] Police arrest health workers for giving drug users clean water
    [EXCLUSIVE] Police arrest health workers for giving drug users clean water
    Pretoria police arrested health department-sanctioned outreach workers on Tuesday. Their crime? Providing clean water to injecting drug users....
    Viruses, vaccines and superbugs: The biggest health stories of 2016
    Viruses, vaccines and superbugs: The biggest health stories of 2016
    As 2016 winds to a close, we look back at the stories that made headlines, including the viruses reminding us that progress against infectious...