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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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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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