American scientists have developed an injectable drug that blocks HIV from entering cells. They say the new drug potentially offers long-lasting protection with fewer side effects and could eventually replace drug ‘cocktail’ therapies.
Researchers looking into the influence of the food and beverage industry on South Africa’s policy-making state that “increased transparency, disclosure, and awareness of industry strategies,” is needed to stop undue influence on the country’s public health programmes and policies.
Public backing for government interventions to combat South Africa’s obesity epidemic increased significantly during the period where a national mass media campaign aired, according to Healthy Living Alliance, Health-e News Service, Vital Strategies and other organisations spearheading the campaign.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that domestically travelling taxis may be filled to 100% capacity, with the South African Medical Association warning that spending 20 minutes or more in a poorly ventilated taxi will increase one’s chances of contracting Covid-19.
Systemic racism has left people of colour exposed and unprotected against global health threats such as HIV for decades. These inequities are magnified by the disparity seen in Covid-19 health outcomes.
Covid-19 patients quarantined at Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg allege that the catering company has provided them with expired food, which they say, “makes their [health] situation worse.”
The nutrition challenges facing South Africa are complex and underpinned by historical and current inequalities, while undernutrition coexists with the rising incidence of obesity and non-communicable diseases, say experts.
Whilst global and national attention is focussed on one respiratory illness – Covid-19 – tuberculosis (TB) treatment and testing is falling to the wayside. Some health professionals say that TB testing needs to be linked to Covid-19 testing to remedy this.
The Public Servants Association of South Africa (PSA) says it is worried about their members working at Steve Biko Academic Hospital (SBAH) who are wearing black plastics as Covid-19 protective gear.