Public Health

Mixed reactions to SA universities’ vaccine mandates

Several South African universities have announced they will be adopting a mandatory vaccination policy. The universities are the University of Free State...

9 myths about mental health and illness

There are many myths and stigmas about mental health and illness due to a lack of understanding. Mental illnesses are real diseases...

Mental health and illness explained

Mental health is one of the most neglected areas of public health globally. Nearly one billion people live with a mental disorder/mental...

We can’t banish COVID-19. But we can end the pandemic with...

South Africa’s daily rate of new infections has been on a steady decline for some time. But,...

3 reasons why we need a Waiver on monopolies of ALL...

One year ago, and seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, India and South Africa put forward the TRIPS Waiver proposal: a groundbreaking...

“Flow: The Book about Menstruation” should be mandatory reading

Flow: the book about menstruation is an informative and empowering book about menstruators. Written by Pontsho Pilane, Candice Chirwa and Karen Jeynes,...

Sports talent goes undiscovered as poverty and inequality grows

Tatjana Schoenmaker, South Africa’s gold-medal-girl, acted as a beacon of hope for the country when she proved to be the best breaststroke...

Explaining the COVID-19 virus and vaccine in Setswana

Freelance journalist and media practitioner Pontsho Pilane has a daily slot on Motsweding FM radio where she explains health issues in Setswana....

Universities must prioritise support for student mental health

According to the World Health Organisation, more than 30% of university students have experienced a common mental disorder in the past year....

#BecomingADoctor: Learnings and unlearnings about the politics of medicine

In his book, Becoming A Doctor, Hloni Bookholane speaks about his life and learnings in his journey to become a medical doctor....

How poverty and violence are linked with anxiety in young South...

Andrew Gibbs, South African Medical Research Council Over the past 10 years there has...

Why understanding clinical trials and vaccines are important

Understanding what we know about the COVID-19 vaccine can help shed light on its safety and efficacy. On August 20, a webinar...

What it means to be unemployed as a person with a...

On Monday I sat in a Zoom meeting with other Disabled people. We were discussing vaccine accessibility challenges. One of the statistics...

Extract: Flow: The Book About Menstruation

Flow is a new book from Kwela Books. The book, Flow, will inform, educate, empower, and inspire all those who menstruate. Written...

Endometriosis: Recognising and Understanding it

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) endometriosis affects roughly 10% (190 million) of menstruators globally. Raising awareness to educate the public...

#UnemployedDocsinSA: No jobs for doctors in a pandemic

Over 400 junior doctors are planning to sue the department of health for not employing them. Last week a letter of demand...

Covid-19: The scope for vaccinations in South Africa needs to be...

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on June 27 the country will move into an adjusted level 4 lockdown for 14 days. This was...

Why everyone needs to be advocating for menstrual rights

Another week, another amazing conversation!  This week we chatted to the Minister of Menstruation Candice Chirwa (if you don’t...

How to access mental health resources online

For the longest time, South Africa has been a country facing a mental health crisis. With the coronavirus pandemic, this crisis has...

#HealthcareDuringAPandemic: We speak to three women to understand their experiences

Before Covid-19, public healthcare in South Africa was under-resourced and under pressure. In the pandemic we have seen healthcare workers work under...
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