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Tackling the high price of medicine

April 15, 2019
Medicines  

Profit seems to be the only logic driving medicine prices, with some African countries paying more for medicine than European countries, and US citizens paying some of the highest medicine prices in the world. There are global efforts to rein in excessive profiteering but removing the secrecy around prices is complicated.

Toxic sludge ‘will kill people’

March 26, 2019
News  

WATER CASE STUDY: Parys residents say their tap water is dirty and stinks like rotten eggs, and experts say it’s because of sewage going into the Vaal River.

SA is not yet polio-free

March 11, 2019
Vaccines  

South Africa is part of a ‘pariah group’ of countries not yet certified polio-free, thanks to weaknesses in our disease surveillance and vaccination programme. The Department of Health is determined to win back its certificate next month, and launched an immunisation coverage survey last week to investigate the nation’s vaccination rate. 

London man is ‘cured’ of HIV

March 5, 2019
News  

A London patient appears to have been cured of HIV after a bone marrow transplant from a donor with a special genetic mutation.

Health-e’s Maguire wins SAFTA

March 4, 2019
News  

Health-e News is delighted to announce that our TV producer, Bern Maguire, has won a SA Film and Television Award (SAFTA) for the Best Current Affairs Programme for her investigation of Dr David Sello, a Potchefstroom doctor who was...

Health HQ to move from ‘sick building’

February 26, 2019
News  

The Department of Health will move its headquarters from the “sick” Civitas Building after almost a year of protest action from unions.

Do you know what’s in your food?

February 25, 2019
Obesity  

The food industry often conceals the unhealthy products in its processed foods – even manipulating science to fool consumers. Now government is planning to introduce warning signs on food to help us to navigate what we are eating.