Dropping out of school has long term significant consequences for adolescent girls and young women.
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Many young women faced challenges with online learning and studying at home during COVID, but some showed resilience and a determination to achieve their educational goals.
The burden of mental illness in South Africa is high.
The loss of income, economic and food insecurity, fear of infection, and death of family members resulted in feelings of frustration, anxiety and depression.
Africa has a growing promising cadre of smart and skilled health experts.
To attain a new health order, African governments need to bolster investment in research and development, innovation and manufacturing of health tools.
Holidaymakers relax on the South Beach during New Year festivities in Durban after the government lifted COVID-19 restrictions.
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The South African government has chosen a pragmatic approach that balances the potential direct and detrimental indirect effects of Covid.
Vaccine hesitancy poses significant risks for those refusing to be vaccinated. The more people get vaccinated, the better the chances of living with the virus.
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.
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Los varones sudafricanos son más reacios a realizarse la prueba del VIH y, cuando saben que son positivos, existen también menos probabilidades de que accedan al tratamiento. ¿Podría ocurrir algo parecido entre los contagiados por el coronavirus?
South Africa recorded an increased number of teenage pregnancies during COVID-19.
An increase in the adolescent pregnancy rate strongly suggests challenges with accessing sexual and reproductive healthcare services for this vulnerable age group.
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Understanding why men may be less likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine is crucial for designing effective vaccination campaigns.
Children play on a trampoline in Alexandra, Johannesburg.
Parents and caregivers are central to promoting child safety. Improving their ability to prevent injury to children is key.
Young people living in urban informal settlement are exposed to high levels of violence and poverty.
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Young people living in the challenging contexts of urban informal settlements may be more at risk of experiencing generalised anxiety disorder.
Many South Africans live in poor conditions with no access to running water.
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Harsh socio-environmental factors, especially when they happen in the early years of a child’s life, can establish a developmental “biology of misfortune”.
Vaccine hesitancy is a growing public health problem.
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Vaccine hesitancy has resulted in multiple vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks. Research on vaccine hesitancy in South Africa is limited. But growing evidence suggests that it’s becoming a problem.
Un porcentaje importante de personas puede rechazar o retrasar la aplicación de la vacuna COVID-19.
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Hemos estudiado cómo la información que circula por internet puede afectar a la percepción y aceptación de las vacunas.
A substantial proportion of people may refuse or delay taking a COVID-19 vaccine.
Combating social media disinformation regarding vaccines is critical to reversing the growth in vaccine hesitancy around the world.
People relying on HIV prevention, care and treatment services have become even more vulnerable because of COVID-19.
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If the world is single-minded and focuses purely on combating one pandemic, forgetting others, the effects of other morbidity and mortality on healthcare systems will be seen for a long time to come.
The rapid rise in diabetes mustn’t be overlooked, as it could have devastating health and economic effects. Most national health systems are already struggling with infectious diseases.
The polio eradication programme in Africa directly combated a severe debilitating disease.
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The polio eradication programme in Africa directly combated a severe debilitating disease. But it also provided a platform for broader healthcare services on the continent.
Many women in South Africa still don’t have access to safe toilets.
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Studies globally have made the link between the lack of adequate sanitation, particularly open defecation or shared community toilet facilities, and the increased risk of women and girls being raped.
People exercising in Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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South Africa faces high levels of noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. The NHI is likely to battle to cope with treating large numbers of sick people.