COVID-19: Second wave was “like a tsunami”, reflects Tygerberg doctor

COVID-19: Second wave was “like a tsunami”, reflects Tygerberg doctor

Spotlight first interviewed physician and infectious diseases specialist Dr Arifa Parker in May last year as South Africa’s first wave of COVID-19 was building up. Eleven very difficult months later, Bienne Huisman checks in with Parker to hear how things are going on the frontlines at Tygerberg Hospital.

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COVID-19: Childhood cancer care in SA’s large centres ‘relatively unaffected’

COVID-19: Childhood cancer care in SA’s large centres ‘relatively unaffected’

More than three quarters of 200 hospitals surveyed from across the globe report that their paediatric cancer care services had been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published in the Lancet medical journal. Yet, some large centres in South Africa appear to have been relatively unaffected. Kathryn Cleary reports.

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Interview: From humble beginnings to vaccinating the President

Interview: From humble beginnings to vaccinating the President

On 17 February Sr Milanie Bennett administered the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to President Cyril Ramaphosa. Bienne Huisman tracked her down to learn more about her long journey to this historical moment.

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UPDATE: How the vaccine rollout is going in SA’s provinces

UPDATE: How the vaccine rollout is going in SA’s provinces

The National Council of Provinces convened on Thursday to receive an update on the country’s vaccine acquisition and rollout plan. Elri Voigt has the details of what provinces reported.

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Face to face with Gift of the Givers founder Imtiaz Sooliman

Face to face with Gift of the Givers founder Imtiaz Sooliman

Gift of the Givers founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman has declined social media calls that he be nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. Bienne Huisman spoke to Sooliman about the organisation’s work during the pandemic, his background, and what keeps him going.

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Navigating abortion barriers in rural areas

Navigating abortion barriers in rural areas

Among several significant barriers to accessing abortion services, experts cite a lack of management support at health facilities, costs, fear of breach of confidentiality and stigma. Many of these barriers are compounded in rural areas. Tiyese Jeranji reports.

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Eastern Cape: Questions over vaccine readiness in rural areas

Eastern Cape: Questions over vaccine readiness in rural areas

The shortcomings of healthcare services in the rural Eastern Cape is well documented. Now, with provinces gearing up for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Luvuyo Mehlwana asked local health activists and government leaders about the rollout plan for rural communities in the province.

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COVID-19: Will the right people get the vaccine first in SA?

COVID-19: Will the right people get the vaccine first in SA?

While local experts generally welcome the order in which vaccines will be provided to different categories of people in South Africa, they are concerned that some practical nuances are unclear. Elna Schütz reports.

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Health in 2021: Spotlight’s top 12 questions

Health in 2021: Spotlight’s top 12 questions

While COVID-19 will continue to make headlines for some time, 2021 will also be a critical year for healthcare reforms in South Africa and for various aspects of the country’s HIV and TB response. These are Spotlight’s top 12 healthcare questions for the year.

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X-rays and AI could transform TB detection in SA, but red tape might delay things

X-rays and AI could transform TB detection in SA, but red tape might delay things

New World Health Organization guidance released this week endorses the wider use of chest X-rays and artificial intelligence for tuberculosis detection. Before these technologies can be fully utilised in South Africa, some regulatory and other issues will first have to be sorted out. Catherine Tomlinson reports.

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What it’s like: Being a pharmacist in South Africa in 2020

What it’s like: Being a pharmacist in South Africa in 2020

Pharmacists do much more than stand behind a counter dispensing medicine. These professionals have a key role to play in the health care system and the overall well-being of people. Tiyese Jeranji spoke to a community pharmacist and pharmacists in the public health sector to understand their role and the challenges they face.

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