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MedicalBrief — Africa’s Medical News Digest

MedicalBrief is Africa’s authoritative weekly medical news digest, providing a succinct summary of the latest medical research, news and policy developments, with the links for speedy access to the original source documents. 

MedicalBrief is a project of the African Medical Brief Foundation, working in partnership with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation. 

The material is delivered directly to subscribers by weekly email to keep the busy clinician abreast of latest developments.


Circulation and Demographics

MedicalBrief was launched in March 2014, with the first edition going to about 150 people. There since has been phenomenal growth and it now is delivered every week to in excess of 37,000 subscribers, of whom approximately 35,000 are registered medical practitioners, the balance made up from the ancillary medical professions, administrators, and public officials. 

More than 90% of subscribers are in South Africa, but MedicalBrief has a growing base of southern and east African readers.

In November 2015 the MedicalBrief website was established as an online hub for detailed articles and background information.


Medical Brief’s Partners 

MedicalBrief is published by WMG Media, on behalf of the African MedicalBrief Foundation, in partnership with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF).

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation is the NGO arm of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, an accredited medical research grouping based at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town. The Foundation, supported by the Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah, has been in existence as a not for profit organisation since 2004.

Gilead Sciences Inc supports MedicalBrief with grant funding. It has no input into the development or content of the items published in the e-publication or the website. 


Key Staff

William Saunderson-Meyer – Managing Editor

Worked for the Rand Daily Mail and Sunday Tribune in SA and the Financial Times in London. Was Visiting Fellow in Journalism at the University of Oxford. Founder in 2002 of the Legalbrief suite of electronic publications. Writes the syndicated Jaundiced Eye current affairs column. Holds an MSc (Oxon).  

Richard Kaplan – Medical Adviser

MD (University of Amsterdam). Senior researcher at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and principal investigator at the DTHF Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) at Groote Schuur Hospital. 

Sally Fowler-Delport – Online-media Editor

BA (UKZN) and has some 15 years of journalistic experience. Among the publications she has contributed material to and edited are Legalbrief Workplace, the SA-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce monthly, Africa Business Brief, the Dalley Diary, the Liberty Update, and the twice-weekly e-publication of EthicsSA.

Karen MacGregor  – Journalist

A founder of University World News, as well as editor and director of its Africa Edition. Former foreign editor of Times Higher Education, and was Southern African news and current affairs writer for Newsweek (New York), The Sunday Times (London), The Independent (London) and The Globe and Mail (Toronto). Holds an MA (International Relations) from the University of Kent.

George Parker – Journalist

Former editor of the Independent on Saturday, with 40 years of journalistic experience. Editor-in-Chief of Legalbrief

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