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Survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 among women and girls living with HIV in South Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact worldwide. Efforts to curb the spread of the virus are challenging societies socially and economically. Already vulnerable communities, such as adolescent girls and women, especially those in key and vulnerable populations are bearing the highest burden of these impacts. CAPRISA, the UNAIDS Collaborating Centre for Research and […]

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Delani Majola: Empowering women and the tough journey ahead

Around the world, women face a multitude of issues. Delani Majola reflects on three generations of women who are etching their own mark and trying to bring about change. The South African liberation struggle, the building block for our Constitutional democracy, is decorated with examples of women who have radically taken their rightful place in the centre […]

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Africa’s Covid Death Toll Tops 200,000

The 54 countries of the region may not have suffered as badly as other parts of the world — at least according to the officially recorded figures. JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – More than 200,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Africa since the start of the pandemic, according to an AFP tally compiled from official […]

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Covid-19 claims more lives as healthcare system buckles under pressure

Johannesburg – The latest Covid-19 infections, hospital admissions and fatalities in South Africa paint a picture of a country deep in the throes of the pandemic. This week alone, over 400 deaths were recorded daily for three consecutive days, suggesting the emergence of a growing trend. Health experts say the spike in Covid-19 related deaths […]

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Are our hospitals really ready for another surge in Covid admissions?

‘I pray we don’t see what we experienced in January ever again’, says Limpopo doctor Hospitals in SA’s far northern provinces are coping under the weight of the third wave of Covid-19, but fears remain that further spikes could put them under extreme pressure. A doctor at a Covid-19 ward at Mankweng Hospital in Limpopo […]

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’Covid-19 models are not always 100% correct’

Johannesburg – South African Medical Association (SAMA) chairperson Dr Angelique Coetzee says the Covid-19 third wave is not likely to come this month as earlier projected. “Most probably next month or maybe July… it depends on behaviour mostly. Even the latest modelling has hesitated to give a time frame – it all comes down to […]

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Experts discourage South Africa from banning Indian travel, recommend quarantine measures for travellers

DURBAN – EXPERTS have said that instead of imposing a blanket ban on travellers from Covid-19-ravaged India, the South African government should consider quarantine measures and focus on its genomic surveillance of the coronavirus. Debate has raged about whether South Africa should impose a travel ban on India as that country battles the spread of […]

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Growing concerns about regulations ahead of the Easter weekend

Independent public health practitioner, Dr. Shakira Choonara, has cautioned against the imposition of the envisaged stricter lockdown, as we approach the Easter holidays, saying that it was not necessary because most places have since adapted adequately to ensuring implementation of prevention measures. We speak to Dr. Choonara about the concerns he raises and health sector […]

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