Cholera vaccines have been given to people in Beira after an outbreak following Cyclone Idai. EPA-EFE/Celeste Mac-Arthur
Southern African countries won't manage disasters unless they work together

Cyclone Idai, which recently devastated Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, was one of the worst natural disasters to hit the southern African region. It killed at least a thousand people and caused damages estimated at US$2 billion.

By Chris Changwe 1 day ago

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Irish study: Why fewer female medical students choose surgery

Just 6.9% of female students say they never felt intimidated during their surgical training, compare to 15.8% of their male counterparts, according to a new study published by researchers at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland).

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Drug reduces kidney failure in diabetics
Drug reduces kidney failure in diabetics

Canagliflozin, a drug approved to lower glucose levels in diabetic patients, can slow the progression of kidney disease, according to a study co-authored by a Stanford Medicine researcher.

2 days ago

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Collaboration and teamwork could improve South Africa's health system

South Africa's public health system has many shortcomings. There aren't enough health professionals to serve the 84% of patients who rely on the public sector. The situation is made worse by a growing burden of disease and the population's increasingly complex health needs. For example, many people living with HIV may also have a non-communicable disease such as hypertension.

2 days ago

Africa's first in utero spina bifida repair
Africa's first in utero spina bifida repair

Africa's first in utero spinal surgery on a foetus with spina bifida went well, according to Professor Ermos Nicolaou, specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist and specialist in maternal and foetal medicine

3 days ago

Scientists 3D print heart made of human tissue
Scientists 3D print heart made of human tissue

Scientists at Tel Aviv University in Israel have 3D printed a small heart using human tissue - a breakthrough, according to Haaretz, that they hope could one day render organ donation obsolete.

3 days ago

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How sports science in Africa can be taught and thought about differently

In the four years since the decolonisation debate took centre stage at South African universities, much of the focus has been on what decolonisation might look like in the humanities.

15 Apr 2019

A woman receiving an oral cholera vaccine in Beira, Mozambique. Celeste Mac-Arthur
Cyclone Idai is over - but its health effects will be felt for a long time

People in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe have started trying to rebuild their lives after the devastation wrought by Cyclone Idai. Southern Malawi and Mozambique were already reeling when the cyclone hit: these areas were flooded in the days before Idai made landfall.

By Kerrigan McCarthy & Lucille Blumberg 15 Apr 2019

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Austerity is hurting rural health, says report

Rural communities in South Africa, which make up 40% of the population, face immense difficulties in accessing adequate healthcare, according to a report titled Protecting Rural Healthcare in Times of Economic Crisis launched by the Rural Healthcare Advocacy Project (RHAP).

By Kimberly Mutandiro & Kristine Liao 12 Apr 2019

World Bank unveils plan to strengthen human capital in Africa
World Bank unveils plan to strengthen human capital in Africa

The World Bank has launched its Africa Human Capital Plan, a new plan to help African countries strengthen their human capital by enabling the continent's young people to grow up with optimal health and equipped with the right skills to compete in the digitising global economy.

12 Apr 2019

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Startup offers alternative to financing palliative care

Current medical aid models for end-of-life care will pay for costly in-hospital care but won't pay for home-based care. But an all women fintech startup is offering an affordable and compassionate healthcare alternatives to SA's medical schemes.

12 Apr 2019