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Why denying foreign nationals access to health is a human rights violation

Discrimination against foreign nationals’ ability to access healthcare facilities in South Africa remains a concerning issue in the country. Bongani Bingwa speaks to public health practitioner, Shakira Choonara, about how denying foreign nationals’ access to healthcare facilities in South Africa is discriminatory and a human rights violation. Arguments stem from foreign nationals exerting too much […]

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Medical xenophobia is a disease that needs to be stopped

South Africa – Limpopo health MEC Phophi Ramathuba was captured on video berating a patient while a group of health officials watched on and laughed. The patient, who is alleged to be an undocumented migrant, felt the wrath of Ramathuba who believes undocumented patients are putting a strain on South Africa’s medical services. This latest mistreatment […]

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Sharing Stories: Prioritizing Sexual and Reproductive Health in Universal Health Coverage

“Globally women and girls continue to face barriers to access healthcare services—whether it be transport costs, financial costs, or even language barriers,” said Shakira Choonara, Technical Specialist with the World Health Organization (WHO) at a recent launch event of the Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Learning by Sharing Portal (LSP). Co-developed by WHO […]

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Alarming rates of drug-resistant bacterial infections in SA’s newborn babies

Two-thirds of cases of multi-drug resistant bacterial infections were diagnosed in public hospitals in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. A study led by experts from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) involving newborn babies has revealed a prevalence of infections caused by multi-drug resistant bacteria in South African hospitals. According to the six-year study, almost 38 000 cases of […]

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#BreakTheBias: Making Women’s Voices Matter in the Media

By Kemisola Agbaoye and Hadiza Mohammed (Lead Writers) Conquering gender bias is no easy feat as it is steeped in cultural and societal constructs that are difficult to break. In African society, social norms and gender stereotypes favour boys over girls in many aspects of their lives, further widening gender disparities and hampering social and economic progress. […]

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Cuba trained doctors to add in a long list of students caught up in placement fiasco

This also comes against the backdrop of concerns about the costs and benefits of the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Health Collaboration Programme, as well as growing discontent with the level of training and competency. The 1 292 medical students who graduated in Cuba this week join the long list of other student doctors caught up […]

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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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Biotechnology company Moderna announces it would provide the African Union with 110 million doses

Biotechnology company Moderna announced it would provide the African Union with up to 110 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccines. Delivery of the first 15 million doses will take place in the coming months, with 35 million in the first quarter of 2022 and up to 60 million in the second quarter. Public health practitioner, […]

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