Health

Using the COVID-19 pandemic to demand better

As one of the most developed economies in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Africa exists as somewhat of a paradox because it also simultaneously exists as the most economically unequal country in the world. Characterised by high income polarisation, South Africa has a small number of high-income earners, a relatively small middle class and extremely high levels...
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Muscling with legitimacy and the politics of Lockdown amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

–  by Shannon Arnold, Kapil Narain, Pholla Samkezi Mbalane. With almost 2,5 million cases and 200 000 deaths globally, the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic escalates.[1] In this unprecedented war, health care systems and frontline workers are overburdened and under-resourced, prompting governments to undertake rapid and decisive public health interventions in an endeavour to contain...
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The Fragility of Developing States and What it Could Mean for the Future

During a time of complete global panic such as this, the stand still that COVID-19 has put the world through could very well serve as an opportune time for us to begin planning ahead for the kind of new world order that humanitarian crisis’ such as the corona virus will have in store for us....
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Mental Health; a state of mental journey

The world is awakening to the reality that the way we have been doing things has been harmful to us. In this realization the marginalized are beginning to be affirmed & rehumanized. I have come to find that the mentally “ill” are not ill. We drink medication to fix chemical imbalances that happen every day...
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Woman – A Flaming Beacon of Light

Today, the 28thof May, is International Day of Action for Women’s Health. On this day 32 years ago in Costa Rica, during the reunion of the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), it was declared International Day of Action for Women’s Health. The WGNRR is a network of members, which was established 1984, who...
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South Africa’s children will continue to die until we take Universal Health Coverage seriously

The focus of World Health Day this year is ‘universal health coverage’ and I can’t help but be touched by what is such a pertinent theme in South Africa today. As a medical student in this country, it goes far beyond just a title; it resonates deeply in the challenges I face daily in the...
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A Priced Life

It is not often that the value of one’s life can be determined. It is often said that one’s life is priceless and Africans also always emphasize the importance of life by stating  that there is no bin into which a person can be thrown. Currently, the manner in which services are being rendered to us,...
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