Jackson Mthembu is the most prominent South African politician to succumb to COVID-19.
Jackson Mthembu's death drives home the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Health care workers and patients in the temporary outside area Steve Biko Academic Hospital created to screen and treat suspected Covid-19 cases in Pretoria.
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Scientists have observed that 501Y.V2 has quickly become "dominant" among multiple variants that have been circulating in the South African population.
The pervasive impacts of infrastructure projects on public health are often overlooked. New research is teasing out the many ways Melbourne's level-crossing removals will affect people's health.
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.
Fruit and vegetables at a market in Kenya. The WHO is pushing for consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, fish and unsaturated fats.
COVID-19 is deepening global food insecurity, as the pandemic’s economic impact adds to existing challenges.
A worker pours dry ice into boxes containing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
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From designing vaccine supply chains to improving PPE to rebuilding trust, systematically bringing engineering knowhow to public health problems could make a huge difference.
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Nigeria needs a coherent plan to get COVID-19 vaccines.
South Africa does not have large-scale vaccine manufacturing capability.
If South Africa is serious about being able to supply anti-pandemic vaccines in future, it needs to rethink the scale of financial, technical and strategic investment into vaccine production.
Hand hygiene is important to fight COVID-19 but how can you do that without water.
African leaders can make strategies to fight COVID-19 more accessible to the people.
A person living with HIV shows her clinic appointment and anti-retroviral drugs regimen card.
COVID-19 restrictions created life-threatening challenges to female sex workers as they weren't able to access their medication, support or their clients.
A healthcare worker fills a syringe with a dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.
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The African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team recently secured a provisional 270 million vaccine doses for African countries.
This image was taken at the Hawzien market in Tigray, two years before the war which has put millions in need of emergency food assistance.
The health and wellbeing effects will go beyond the direct impact of war-related fatalities, and are likely to last for years after peace is fully restored.
A 1975 stamp printed in St. Vincent shows U.S. presidents George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, who were all vocally pro-inoculation and vaccination.
In the early years of the United States, several American presidents were in favour of public health inoculation and vaccination strategies.
South Africa’s Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize (centre). The government has been criticised for not having an actionable plan on vaccines.
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Critics of the South African government argue that it has done too little too late to secure vaccines, and that it doesn't have a proper plan in place for rollout.
COVAX aims to accelerate the development and manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines and guarantee access to all countries.
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Many countries cannot afford to buy existing COVID-19 vaccines, a collective approach is needed.
It’s unlikely South Africa will have a substantial number of vaccines until the second half of this year. Most of the vaccines produced in Europe or America have been bought by other countries.
Women who had a secondary or higher level of education were more likely to test for HIV than women who had no formal education.
Local and national governments in west and central African countries must prioritise investment in providing access to HIV testing for all pregnant women.
Hallways busy with COVID-19 patients have become temporary patient holding areas in overcrowded hospitals.
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States and hospitals are starting to declare 'crisis standards of care' as the pandemic floods their ERs. The orders have consequences – both good and bad, as a medical ethicist explains.
The built environment plays a pivotal role in lowering residents' exposure to climate change driven risks.
Getting vaccines to rural and hard-to-reach areas is critical for public health and ethical reasons.
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So far, the only COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use need to be kept frozen. But there are many places in the world that can't support a cold supply chain.