Mara Kardas-Nelson

Landmark treaty breaks down book barriers for the blind

Last week the World Intellectual Property Organisation announced copyright exceptions on materials for visually impaired people.

Anger over drug access in TB trial

A new combination treatment has been tested in Southern Africa, but it is not available locally.

Jason Larkin: Up and down in the dumps

"After the Mines" is a project by photographer Jason Larkin that explores the vast waste dumps created by Johannesburg’s gold mining industry.

Past catches up with ‘candy store’ doctor

A doctor currently on paid leave was convicted of two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the US before starting jobs in SA public hospitals.

Patent exemption extended for world’s poorest nations

Patients in the world's poorest countries will continue to receive access to drugs cheaply for at least another decade.

Shadowy past dogs Limpopo hospital chief

Records show that Musina hospital boss Allick Dube was suspended for negligence in Tennessee

Impoverished patients benefit from rejected drug patent

After a seven-year battle, India's government has successfully defended its right to reject drug patents if a medicine doesn't deserve one.

The rich turn a blind eye to poor readers

The visually impaired are shackled by developed countries' reluctance to change copyright laws.

A ‘shocking’ disregard for generics

Many drugs cost far more in South Africa than in countries with strict patent-vetting processes.

Cheap drugs a bitter pill for the West

A global squabble over property rights could see the price of medicine soar in poor countries.

New TB drugs offer cautious hope

Tests on new TB drugs have not yet been completed and some results have been worrying.

Farmworkers reap a grim harvest

Farm communities suffer from poor health, alcohol abuse, shoddy service delivery and harsh living conditions.

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