COVID-19: Wastewater surveillance could help spot third wave

COVID-19: Wastewater surveillance could help spot third wave

Wastewater surveillance has become an important part of South Africa’s COVID-19 monitoring systems and might even help to give early warning of a potential third wave of infections. Tiyese Jeranji looks at what is involved.

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SA piloting mobile X-rays to improve TB detection

SA piloting mobile X-rays to improve TB detection

South Africa’s first National Tuberculosis Prevalence Survey found that many people without TB symptoms nevertheless have TB disease that can be detected using chest X-rays. Accordingly, new mobile X-ray screening programmes are being piloted in a number of provinces. Tiyese Jeranji reports.

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New TB testing strategy ups diagnosis in clinics by 17%

New TB testing strategy ups diagnosis in clinics by 17%

Around 360 000 to 390 000 people in South Africa fall ill with tuberculosis (TB) every year. Of these, around 120 000 to 150 000 are never diagnosed. Now a new TB testing strategy has been shown to improve TB detection at clinics by 17%. Tiyese Jeranji reports.

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30% increase in maternal deaths during COVID-19 lockdown reported

30% increase in maternal deaths during COVID-19 lockdown reported

Reproductive health experts say South Africa recorded a 30% increase in maternal deaths during lockdown compared to the same period in 2019. Suicide, a previously unrecognised cause of maternal mortality in the country, also increased and some experts believe the stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic played a role. Tiyese Jeranji reports.

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Opinion: Mboweni didn’t deliver on a 20% health promotion levy. Here’s why it is anti-poor.

Opinion: Mboweni didn’t deliver on a 20% health promotion levy. Here’s why it is anti-poor.

Every year that National Treasury cannot deliver a health promotion levy of 20%, people in South Africa will die from the diseases that this levy could help prevent. And it is the poorest in South Africa who are the hardest hit, argues Lawrence Mbalati.

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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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Where are we in the race for a HIV vaccine?

Where are we in the race for a HIV vaccine?

While progress in the race for effective COVID-19 vaccines has been rapid and impressive, an effective HIV vaccine remains elusive. As part of Spotlight’s World AIDS Day 2020 coverage, Kathryn Cleary asks two of South Africa’s top vaccine researchers to update us on where we are in the race for an HIV vaccine.

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Childhood immunisation catch-up drive kicking off on 1 November

Childhood immunisation catch-up drive kicking off on 1 November

South Africa’s childhood immunisation rates declined in 2020 compared to previous years, largely due to COVID-19 and the related lockdown. Elri Voigt asked government about the country’s catch-up plans.

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COVID-19: We can’t breathe – residents in South Durban say whilst caught between COVID-19 and polluted air

COVID-19: We can’t breathe – residents in South Durban say whilst caught between COVID-19 and polluted air

Lockdown has been difficult for most people in South Africa, but residents in the South Durban Basin describe their experiences as tantamount to a health hostage situation as they are caught between polluted air from petrochemical industries and the COVID-19 virus. Nomfundo Xolo investigates.

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COVID-19: What we know about SA’s 33 000 excess deaths so far

COVID-19: What we know about SA’s 33 000 excess deaths so far

Between the beginning of May and the first week of August, there have been over 33 000 excess deaths in South Africa. This is over three times the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths. Kathryn Cleary asked the experts what we do and do not know about what so many people are dying of.

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SA to take part in two more COVID-19 vaccine trials

SA to take part in two more COVID-19 vaccine trials

South Africa is consolidating its place in the race for a COVID-19 vaccine with its participation starting from next month in two new international trials of vaccine candidates. Adele Baleta reports.

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COVID-19: I want to be a part of the solution against coronavirus, says vaccine trialist.

COVID-19: I want to be a part of the solution against coronavirus, says vaccine trialist.

Timothy Lebelwane of Diepsloot is one of 2 000 people in South Africa participating in a COVID-19 vaccine trial spearheaded by Wits University. Biénne Huisman spoke to him about life as a participant in such an important vaccine trial.

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