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Covid-19: Pandemic puts pressure on medicine supply

In a survey of healthcare facilities conducted during the lockdown, The Stop Stock-outs Project (SSP) found that stock-outs were ongoing, particularly for ARVs, TB medicines, contraceptives and childhood vaccines.

What it's like: Being a midwife in South Africa

While the word midwife conjures up images of old-fashioned births, the profession is still a vital part of modern health care. Spotlight spoke to a number of midwives, and those involved in training, about what it takes to be a midwife.

Doctors blow whistle on medicines crisis in North West

Doctors in North West Province say that only around half of the medicines on the province’s essential drugs list are currently available and that this is severely impacting the level of care they can provide. Ufrieda Ho reports.

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Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives

A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.