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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.
    Prudence Mabele: The death of an activist, the reckoning of a movement?
    Prudence Mabele: The death of an activist, the reckoning of a movement?
    In the moments after Prudence Mabele died, HIV activist Phindi Mkhabela looked around the waiting room of a Johannesburg hospital and saw the faces of those who had...
    Have questions about the National Health Insurance? We answer them for you
    Have questions about the National Health Insurance? We answer them for you
    What is the National Health Insurance? The NHI will pool private and public funding to provide better and more equal...
    Trade unions: 'The NHI is not moving fast enough'
    Trade unions: 'The NHI is not moving fast enough'
    It’s the billion-rand question: what role will the private sector play in the National Health Insurance (NHI)? Delegates at the ANC policy...
    Will you be able to have a medical aid under the National Health Insurance scheme?
    Will you be able to have a medical aid under the National Health Insurance scheme?
    The days of private medical aid schemes may be numbered as the government this week confirmed that it will become the single funder and buyer of...
    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...