Public Health

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 been increasing awareness of the...

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...

RECAP: How the Tembisa 10 came into “non-existence”

STORY LAST UPDATE: JUNE 28 There is rarely a dull moment in South Africa. The country, after all,...

Never far from controversy: The life and times of Zweli Mkhize

Health minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize had been a beacon of hope during the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic. He also seems to...

The List: Five organisations are advocating for menstrual rights in SA

May 28 marks Menstrual Hygiene Day. It is a day to promote good menstrual health and hygiene management, and break stigmas that...

Separating the myths from the facts about the vaccine roll-out

Last  week a Whatsapp message was widely shared claiming nearly expired vaccines would be available at Mitchell’s Plain Hospital, Cape Town. Those...

Doctors Without Borders – Drawing Lessons from South Africa’s Second wave,...

A third wave is coming, and South Africa needs to prepare.  Drawing on the experience of responding to the...
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Healthcare workers reflect on their Covid vaccine experiences

There was a sense of jubilation as people around South Africa in mid February as we watched nurse Zoliswa Gidi-Dyosi become the...

Lifelong Student Dr Ashraf Davids is a beacon of the Cape...

Mitchells Plain has long been associated with the violence of gangs, but that does not define the township. It is a vibrant,...

In their own words: UFS nursing students taking part in the...

In February 2021, the COVID-19 vaccination programme started in South Africa - providing a small glimpse of hope. At hospitals around the...
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