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Millions of poor South Africans rely on social grants, including the child support grant, just to survive. PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa can – and should – top up child support grants to avoid a humanitarian crisis

To support precarious households that can't access existing relief during lockdown and its aftermath, the government should implement a temporary increase in the value of the child support grant.
A visitor sanitises hands before entering a state hospital at Yaba, Lagos. Hospitals like this are likely to suffer power cuts as lock down force Nigerians to stay at home and consume more power. Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images

COVID-19: Nigeria should prioritise power supply to health care facilities

Effective public health response to a pandemic, depends on the availability of a stable power supply system.
Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, taking part at a video conference in extraordinary virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit at the Chigi Palace in Rome. EPA/A handout photo from the Chigi Palace Press Office

All world leaders face mega COVID-19 crises: how Ramaphosa is stacking up

Already, we have seen a range of responses globally - from countries that apparently reacted too late, to those who acted relatively early.
Doctors Without Borders supporters march in protest to the American Consulate in Johannesburg in 2012 over lack of funding to fight HIV. Photo by Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images

TB, HIV and COVID-19: urgent questions as three epidemics collide

Very little is known about the relationship between COVID-19 and HIV and TB. What is known is that people's lungs are affected by all three.
Fluorescence microscopy of mycobacteria. Michael A. Reiche, Timothy J. de Wet, Ryan Dinkele and Digby F. Warner

TB: scientists know a great deal, but there’s still more to learn

Scientists need greater understanding of the bacterium's basic biology, as well as more about how it is spread from one individual to the next.
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa declaring a national lockdown as a result of COVID-19. EPA/picture supplied by GCIS (Government Information Services)

COVID-19: the cure could be worse than the disease for South Africa

Epidemiology is only one of the inputs that should be considered in designing public health policy response to COVID-19 pandemic. The wider social and economic contexts must be factored in too.
A deserted street in Cairo after the government ordered the closure of shops, restaurants and cafes. Photo by Ziad Ahmed/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Why a one-size-fits-all approach to COVID-19 could have lethal consequences

Social distancing is impossible in much of Africa, and its economic consequences may lead to a famine that is worse than the pandemic. Prevention measures must consider the African context.

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