Health

Watch: Why is the tobacco industry comparing vaping to HIV treatment?

Public health experts disagree with the vaping industry’s argument that imposing a sin tax will lead to a similar path of Aids denialism

AmaXhosa of Matatiele say yes to ‘safe’ initiation

Young initiates avoid medical complications thanks to a blend of cultural tradition with health and safety practices

Covid-19 was ‘heartbreaking’, says youngest doctor

At 21, Thakgalo Thibela became South Africa’s youngest female doctor and her first years in hospital coincided with the pandemic

HIV prevention should be like fast food. This data shows why

KwaZulu-Natal’s state facilities are in the lead when it comes to stocking HIV prevention medicines — 97% of them do — and the Western Cape is the only province where men use HIV prevention medicine more than women

South Africa should donate its spare Covid-19 vaccines

Doing so can bolster its soft power in the SACD region

Policy changes around HIV lead to drop in breastfeeding

A new study suggests that changes in policies have led to decreased breastfeeding

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

Covid-19 hospital admissions low but virus still a threat

Some coronavirus restrictions will remain as South Africa shifts out of the national state of disaster

Here’s how an abortion works from week 13

We speak to Marie Stopes SA about how a surgical abortion works and what you can expect

Brain surgery is ‘peppered with moments of joy’, says South Africa’s third black female neurosurgeon

Coceka Mfundisi wants governments to invest in her field to help patients avoid long-term impairments and health problems

Smart bra aims to quicken breast cancer diagnosis

Nigerian Kemisola Bolarinwa used ultrasound technology to develop a smart bra that enables the early detection of breast cancer

What’s the use of anti-HIV injections when those who need it most can’t use it?

A new HIV prevention medicine could work even better than daily pills but if nothing changes it costs more than R300 000 to treat one person for a year

Here’s who is in charge of buying medicines in South Africa

South Africa’s public hospitals and clinics won’t be getting a new Covid-19 treatment called molnupiravir. The tablets have regulatory approval but they aren’t the right fit for the country

Tackling TB: Three lessons the Covid-19 pandemic taught us

People weren’t able to be tested or treated for tuberculosis testing or treatment, derailing targets to end the disease

A sin tax on vapes is not as bad as Aids denialism. Here’s why

Lobbyists pushing for vaping as a way to help people quit smoking insist taxing e-cigarettes like traditional smokes will lead down a similar path as denying HIV treatment to state patients

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

The Gauteng health department has no plan

There is a chronic shortage of staff at Baragwanath training hospital and patient care is declining, yet the provincial government is letting hundreds of temporary Covid workers go

UK eyes up Covid-19 vaccine donations to slash £140m of foreign aid

The UK is set to count its excess Covid-19 vaccines as part of its aid budget, taking money away from other projects
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