Faced with inadequate access to essential treatments, South Africa must prioritise health research and development. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how poor and marginalised South Africans are affected by international factors, and so it is essential to include communities in advocating for better homegrown research and development, writes community activist Ntando Yola.
We need to look to the young to prevent heart disease, which accounts for 225 South African deaths a day, writes Sibonile Dube, Head Of Communications & Patient Advocacy at the pharmaceutical company Novartis.
World Diabetes Day: People living with diabetes are more vulnerable to Covid-19. Yet, a healthy lifestyle and proper adherence to treatment can bring strength, as this fit and healthy schoolteacher shows.
We’re living in what many have described as a ‘new normal.’ Yet, how do we reshape the norm so that the girl child is no longer left behind? Novartis’ Sibonile Dube has a few practical suggestions.
The need for sanitary pads makes young women vulnerable to a number of social ills, from missing school to exploitative relationships. Covering stories like this inspired a a Tzaneen journalist to become a community activist.
Even before the pandemic, women carried an unequal burden of social, cultural and economic ills. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated this, with the effects of lockdown disproportionately affecting women, write Charlotte Motsoari and Amina Mwaikambo at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.
The news that the University of Oxford has developed a coronavirus vaccine that appears safe and has triggered an immune response, is an encouraging step toward returning to normality. It also provides the opportunity to join forces to tackle the pandemic and highlight Africa’s scientific leadership writes Professor Kelly Chibale.