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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....

May 4th, 2016 Professor Helen Rees has been awarded the Order of the Baobab (Silver) at the 2016 National Orders Awards ceremony in Pretoria. Executive director of the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute‚ Rees is an internationally renowned expert in...

April 27th, 2016 A rapid, point-of-care diagnostic test invented by University of Cambridge blood scientist and researcher Dr Helen Lee, 75,  is tilting the scales in the battle against the global HIV epidemic. It delivers instant results based on a simple blood...

March 30th, 2016 Just 25 years ago there was no bone marrow registry in South Africa. Now the doctor who helped make it all possible, Professor Ernette du Toit, is about to retire at age 80, reports Daily Maverick....

March 23rd, 2016 A new procedure to correct severe cases of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) can now be done in South Africa, with gynaecologist Dr Paul Blaauwhof having successfully performed the country’s first laparoscopic pectopexy operation in Johannesburg...

March 21st, 2016 Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has received the USAID-TB International Award for championing the fight against tuberculosis (TB). Motsoaledi received the award during the USAID Award ceremony in Washington DC. He was also honoured for...
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