Health care

South Africa and US collaborate on medical research

Medical research grants worth $8-million in first-year funding have been awarded by the National Institutes of Health and the South African Medical Research Council. They will target research into HIV and Aids, TB and cancers at eight South African institutions.

Scientific research and development in South Africa

SA doctors perform world's first successful penis transplant

Doctors at Stellenbosch University have described the operation as a massive breakthrough - especially in a country where many young men lose their penises due to complications after traditional circumcision.


Second group of South Africans sent to West Africa

Another group of South African health workers, comprising nurses and paramedics, are flying to Sierra Leone, where they will join other agencies in combating the Ebola outbreak and treating people infected with the virus.


South Africa helps to beat Ebola

A team of South African health care professionals is to leave for Sierra Leone, where a South African mobile laboratory already offers Ebola testing facilities. The team leaves as the World Health Organization says trials of two vaccines are to start on healthy human volunteers soon.


Celebrating Africa's health heroes

In Africa, only 3% of the world's healthcare workers tend to 24% of the global disease burden. To help bridge the skills divide, the University of Cape Town offers programmes aimed at African students who want to make a difference in their home countries. Here are some of their stories.

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