This simple change can help reduce high blood pressure and save thousands of lives

This simple change can help reduce high blood pressure and save thousands of lives

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is one of the leading causes of death in South Africa. While a healthy diet seems inaccessible for many, doctors recommend this simple change to everyday eating.

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This South African NPO wants children living with Down syndrome to be first in line for the  COVID-19 vaccine

This South African NPO wants children living with Down syndrome to be first in line for the COVID-19 vaccine

Down Syndrome South Africa said people with Down syndrome should be prioritised in the national COVID-19 vaccine rollout. The organisation said people with Down syndrome are more vulnerable to contracting the disease, and have struggled under the pandemic regulations.

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Here is why we need more than a sugar tax to reduce unhealthy consumption

Here is why we need more than a sugar tax to reduce unhealthy consumption

The current sugar tax is not enough to help South Africa reach its goals to reduce obesity. Experts say advocacy and implementation are just as important.

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COVID-19 has widened South Africa’s inequality, leaving black women worse off

COVID-19 has widened South Africa’s inequality, leaving black women worse off

In South Africa, inequality remains a driving force behind health issues. The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened this, and women are most likely to bear the brunt of this harsh reality.

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Childhood obesity should be regarded as a threat to children’s rights, says expert

Childhood obesity should be regarded as a threat to children’s rights, says expert

Increasing rates of obesity among children should be framed as a critical issue, according to global health experts. Addressing overweight and obesity early on could preventing the development of other noncommunicable diseases.

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For TB treatment to be effective, consider the male perspective, says foundation

For TB treatment to be effective, consider the male perspective, says foundation

In South Africa, Tuberculosis (TB) affects more men than women. The Desmond Tutu Health Foundation has called for the consideration of men’s voices when designing treatment and prevention programmes.

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Fear and stigma stymie COVID-19 prevention

Fear and stigma stymie COVID-19 prevention

Misinformation and the fear of dying are creating a stigma around COVID-19, with some refusing to disclose a positive diagnosis, despite the danger of spreading the coronavirus.

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Third wave of COVID-19 in South Africa to be ‘bigger’ than the first two, expert predicts

Third wave of COVID-19 in South Africa to be ‘bigger’ than the first two, expert predicts

With the vaccine rollout slower than expected, communicable diseases experts are warning that South Africa could experience a third wave of COVID-19 infections.

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