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Healthcare worker, Boitsholo Mfolo, inside the digital x-ray truck at one of Africa Health Research Institute’s mobile screening camps in rural KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Samora Chapman/ Africa Health Research Institute

Study shows a huge burden of undiagnosed disease in a rural South African district

South Africa needs a public health response that expands the successes of the country’s HIV testing and treatment programme to provide care for multiple diseases.
The competing interests of economic growth and public health aren’t being managed well. Shutterstock

We mapped the landscape for taxes on sugary drinks in seven African countries

Implementing a sugar-sweetened beverage tax in all African countries will require sufficient political will and support from civil society.
People exercising in Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dino Lloyd/Gallo Images via Getty Images

South Africans must be healthier for universal healthcare to succeed

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.
Ageing increases the risk of non-communicable diseases. Shutterstock

Taking the long view on health: tracking the impact of ageing in rural South Africa

Rapid population ageing has prompted researchers to study disease trends in older South Africans. The aim is to understand the role that specific health conditions play in ageing among rural people.

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