In Focus: Global strategy to end cryptococcal meningitis in people living with HIV

In Focus: Global strategy to end cryptococcal meningitis in people living with HIV

Cryptococcal meningitis is the second biggest killer of people living with HIV after tuberculosis (TB). Now, a global initiative, the Ending Cryptococcal Meningitis Deaths by 2030 Strategic Framework aims to get the gold standard drug to treat the disease – flucytosine – registered in countries that need it. By Amy Green for Spotlight and Health-e News.

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‘Necessary,’ ‘terrible’ and ‘confusing’—Health workers on the frontline react to the J&J vaccine rollout pause

‘Necessary,’ ‘terrible’ and ‘confusing’—Health workers on the frontline react to the J&J vaccine rollout pause

In this special report, Health-e News spoke to healthcare workers and experts in all nine provinces to get their reactions to the suspension of the COVID-19 Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine amid safety precautions. Sixteen of the 20 we spoke to already received the jab and this what they had to say.

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‘Why do we have a COVID-19 vaccine before a TB vaccine?’ and other tough questions on #WorldTBDay

‘Why do we have a COVID-19 vaccine before a TB vaccine?’ and other tough questions on #WorldTBDay

This World TB Day, international expert José Luis Castro answers the six tough questions about TB. Health-e News editor Amy Green asked what the real impact of COVID-19 on tuberculosis (TB) has been, why TB doesn’t have a vaccine for half a century, and why TB funding pales in comparison to funding for COVID-19.

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OP-ED on #COVID-19: Community journalists are crucial to informing the public

OP-ED on #COVID-19: Community journalists are crucial to informing the public

The African Alliance writes that community journalism projects, of which Health-e’s OurHealth citizen journalism programme is one example, are critical to accurate and responsible reporting on serious issues of national and local importance like COVID-19.

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World Down Syndrome Day: Girl with Down Syndrome runs successful business at age 17

World Down Syndrome Day: Girl with Down Syndrome runs successful business at age 17

On World Down Syndrome Day, made all the more important as this week cops who are charged with the tragic killing of Nathaniel Julies are set to take the stand, Health-e News reports on a young woman with down syndrome from Durban who at the age of just 17 was running a successful business.

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New data shows ‘global impact of COVID-19 on TB epidemic is worse than expected’

New data shows ‘global impact of COVID-19 on TB epidemic is worse than expected’

Over a million additional cases of tuberculosis (TB) went undiagnosed and untreated in the last year due to the impact of COVID-19-related lockdowns, significantly setting back the global effort to end TB by a massive 12 years, according to new data.

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One year of Covid-19 in SA: ‘I don’t wish anyone to go through what I went through’

One year of Covid-19 in SA: ‘I don’t wish anyone to go through what I went through’

In the year since the coronavirus was recorded in South Africa, more than 50,000 people have died and the country has been profoundly affected. Health-e News spoke to survivors of Covid-19, and those grieving the loss brought by the pandemic.

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‘A step in the right direction’ – 13 private hospitals announced as Covid-19 vaccination sites

‘A step in the right direction’ – 13 private hospitals announced as Covid-19 vaccination sites

The private hospitals are located in all nine provinces and will vaccinate their own staff as well as healthcare workers in other hospitals in the area.

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