Monday, 27 January 2020
Ethics central to genetics research in Africa

The potential of genomics research to boost healthcare in Africa could be a game-changer for improving medicine and health outcomes on the continent in future. But it must be done with ethics top of mind.

Publication Date:
Fri, 13 Dec 2019 - 14:30
How South Africa can build a child-centred health care system

Unlike adults’ right to health, children’s right to basic health care services is not subject to progressive realisation. Children should therefore be prioritised within the health care system. Yet the state has still not defined an essential package of health care services for children. This makes it difficult to determine what they are entitled to and what the state should be held accountable for.

Publication Date:
Fri, 13 Dec 2019 - 14:00
Child Gauge: Prioritising child and adolescent health

One in every 31 children in South Africa will die before their fifth birthday. This is a sobering reality as International Human Rights Day was marked on Tuesday, 10 December, and on the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which sets out the rights that must be realised for children to develop to their full potential.

Publication Date:
Thu, 12 Dec 2019 - 13:00
Epilepsy: a collaborative cure

Epilepsy – a disorder that causes abnormal electrical brain activity leading to recurring seizures – can affect anyone. Although daily medication can treat the condition, doctors are increasingly recommending surgery as a cure for patients who don’t respond to medical treatment. A multidisciplinary team of specialists from the University of Cape Town (UCT) is making sure that more and more patients with drug-resistant epilepsy are cured.

Publication Date:
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 - 14:30