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November 9th, 2016 There needs to be a primary HIV prevention revolution, said Professor Linda-Gail Bekker, president of the International AIDS Society, who in her keynote address at HIV Glasgow outlined key gaps in the global HIV response in low- and middle-income...

October 5th, 2016 A  South African-trained doctor has emerged as a world authority on a new and revolutionary heart valve surgical procedure, reports the  Sunday Tribune. Doctor Thasee Pillay was approached by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) of the US...

September 28th, 2016 US philanthropist Bill Gates believes that one of the answers to the world fight against poverty, hunger, and diseases is for the wealthy to be immersed in the life of the poor.  During a trip to South Africa, he for the first time used virtual...

September 21st, 2016 Cape Town alone has more TB each year than the US, Canada, UK and Germany put together. Professor Robin Wood, a leading University of Cape Town scientist, is in search of the clues as to why this is so, writes Business Day. As a schoolboy in...

September 14th, 2016 A Durban gynaecologist and obstetrician saved the life of an unborn child by drawing fluid from inside the pericardial cavity that was compressing the heart and lungs – the first time this operation has been done in SA, says a Sunday Tribune...

September 7th, 2016 The world’s oldest man is 145 year-old Indonesian Mbah Gotho, reports The Independent. Gotho said he began preparing for his death in 1992, even having a gravestone made, but 24 years later he is still alive. The report says Gotho has official...

August 31st, 2016 South African healthcare workers are six times more likely to contract multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) than the general population. Dr Dalene von Delft, founding member of the advocacy group TB Proof, became a campaigner for more...

July 27th, 2016 Zimbabwean activist, feminist and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) champion Martha Tholanah is no stranger to controversy as she has doggedly stood up for her beliefs and the rights of the LGBT and HIV-positive communities, writes...

July 6th, 2016 The Pietermaritzburg doctor who claimed to be good friends with famous humanitarians says he wanted to emulate the work done by these activists and 'may have got carried away'. The Witness reports that in a statement from his attorneys, general...

June 15th, 2016 The World Heart Federation has elected Professor Karen Sliwa of the Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa, at the University of Cape Town as president-elect. ‘This marks two firsts: our first female president and our first...

May 18th, 2016 Former University of KwaZulu-Natal vice-chancellor Professor Malegapuru Makgoba has been appointed SA's first health ombudsman. His new role will be to tackle complaints in both private and public healthcare....

May 11th, 2016 The African Innovation Foundation has announced the top 10 nominees for its landmark programme, the Innovation Prize for Africa. It includes two South Africans, Dr Imogen Wright and Dr Kit Vaughan....
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