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An international study has dismissed the effectiveness of a homeopathic flu remedy but it is still being advertised in South Africa as a viable solution. shutterstock

Why an ineffective flu remedy is still being advertised in South Africa

Internationally, the effects of a homeopathic flu remedy has been dismissed – but, in South Africa, it is still being advertised as effective.
Men can deny paternity in when women they are involved with fall pregnant as a way of punishing the women. shutterstock

Why paternity tests should become cheaper and more widely accessible

When men deny the paternity of children, many South African women feel like they have no recourse. Making DNA tests affordable and accessible could change this.
A nurse weighs a baby at a clinic in Johannesburg. South Africa has released its policy document to implement its universal health coverage plan. Reuters/Antony Kaminju

South Africa needs to spend more on healthcare to achieve universal cover

South Africa's plan for universal health coverage has taken another crucial step with the introduction of a new policy document aimed at delivering more equitable healthcare.
The successful prevention of mother to child transmission programmes means nearly all HIV-infected pregnant women should get anti-retroviral treatment to protect their babies. Joshua Wanyama/Africa Knows

What’s needed in the final push to eliminate new cases of HIV in children

South Africa's programmes preventing HIV transmission from mothers to children have been hugely successful. But there are still gaps that need to be filled.
A child from a special care centre in Cape Town celebrating international kite day. In South Africa mental health services are not a priority. Epa/Nic Bothma

South Africa isn’t managing mental illness, particularly for the poor

While the global health community has made mental healthcare a priority, South Africa is not following suite. The impact is felt most acutely by poor people suffering from mental health disorders.
South Africans need to reduce the number of sugar-sweetened beverages they consume. shutterstock

Obesity: why South Africans need to can soft drinks

With one can of cool drink containing six teaspoons of sugar – your recommended sugar intake for the day – there is a need to reduce the number of sugar-sweetened beverages South Africans consume.
In most African countries, there is no oversight body for the pharmaceutical marketplace. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

Africans need to make their mark in the pharmaceutical industry boom

Africa's pharmaceutical industry has mushroomed in the last ten years. But its ability to keep pace with demand is being held back by a number of factors, including a shortage of specialists.
Ejuba, the drone that was used to research the effectiveness of the cargo-carrying drones, is now being used to transport medical supplies. Supplied

How drones can improve healthcare delivery in developing countries

Drones could provide an essential cargo-carrying service in rural areas where there are fewer clinics, less healthcare workers and limited transport services.
People wait to be treated at the Jane Fures Hospital in South Africa’s Northern Province. Reuters

South Africa’s health sector is leaking money: what can be done about it?

To address corruption in the South African health sector, a combination of political will with an effective government, citizen involvement and advocacy is needed.

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