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Stigma and criminalisation of same-sex relationships makes it difficult for transgender women and men who have sex with men to seek preventive services. This compounds their risk for HIV infection.
It is urgent and overdue to implement PrEP in pregnancy and during breastfeeding. Failure to do so allows ongoing avoidable HIV infection among women in South Africa and their infants.
To fight economic inequality, female dependency on relationships and gender-based violence, female education is critical.
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Adolescent girls and young women aged 15 to 24 accounted for 25% of new infections, while making up only 10% of the population.
What not to do: ban travel. Scenes at South Africa’s OR Tambo International airport after the first flight bans were announced.
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The world needs to learn to live with the virus. And governments must follow the science and don’t distort it for political expediency.
Scientists find variants by sequencing samples from people that have tested positive for the virus.
There’s a new COVID lineage called B.1.1.529. It has a genetic profile very different from other circulating variants
A shop selling skin lightening creams in Nairobi.
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Skin lighteners are being used more than ever before, especially in urban areas and among men.
When COVID-19 emerged, misuse of antibiotics increased.
The quest to find treatment for COVID-19, and the uncertainty surrounding the clinical outcome, necessitates the use of antibiotics in the treatment package.
There’s an urgent need for therapeutics to complement vaccines.
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The need of the moment is for low- and middle-income countries to improve their own manufacturing capabilities.
Diabetes can be controlled using medicines, diet and lifestyle modification.
Insulin and oral medicines for diabetes are mostly not available at the recommended level in the African region.
Kenyan police officers display bags of heroin seized in 2011.
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It has long been clear that some countries have drug policies that cause harm and violate human rights.
People need a constant supply of affordable, safe and efficacious medicine.
South Africa has a stringent pharmaceutical regulatory framework. But this framework is not backed by a strong implementation strategy.
Through their vaccination choices, parents are often communicating not just what they think, but also who they are.
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Vaccination uptake is influenced by many factors and carries a variety of meanings – social, political, economic, ideological, moral as well as biological.
Employees at the Afrigen biotechnology company and Vaccine Hub facility at work in the manufacturing laboratory.
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Afrigen will be a technology transfer and training hub: it shares technology and develops skills specifically around how to produce a safe, effective and affordable mRNA vaccine.
Journalists and news organizations had to be resilient to serve their communities during the pandemic.
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The decline of the news industry has been well documented. How did news organizations in the US heartland, facing potential extinction, survive – and even thrive – through the pandemic?
Antimicrobial resistance kills around 700,000 people worldwide annually. It is a top-ten global health threat.
When some stockpile valuable resources to the detriment of others, everyone loses.
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The effectiveness of vaccination as a public health strategy will continue to be compromised while large numbers of the global community remain unvaccinated.
Higher temperatures cause drought, and can lead to food insecurity.
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Many of the temperatures presently being recorded in Africa, and those projected in the next decade, are already close to the limits of human survival, or “liveability”.
It’s important kids’ masks fit well and are removed and stored properly.
A garment worker walks through a clothing factory in Montréal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. did not collect adequate information about workplace transmission.
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Routine collection of work information from people testing positive for COVID-19 from the start of the pandemic would have enabled better understanding of the role of workplaces in transmission.
“Fat cakes” are incredibly popular in cities and townships across sub-Saharan Africa. But they are also unhealthy because of their high carbohydrate content.