Articles by Elsabé Brits

Wits researchers announce “breakthrough” in HIV prevention

Injection much more effective than daily pills in preventing infection in women


10 November 2020

20 shacks ignited in five minutes in experiment

University fire engineering research shows that fire-resistant paint does not work


12 October 2020

UCT professor’s research offers hope of treatment for sickle cell anaemia

80% of babies born with the disease are in sub-Saharan Africa


2 September 2020

Covid-19 testing: Are we scaling up?

Government is struggling to meet its testing targets. But there is progress.


20 April 2020

Covid-19: How South Africa will test for the virus

TB test repurposed for Covid-19 will massively increase capacity


6 April 2020

Authorities prepare South Africa for coronavirus

No cases detected in the country, but National Institute for Communicable Diseases has put systems in place


27 January 2020

Study shows targeted interventions can reduce gender violence

Results from a programme run in urban informal settlements in eThekwini look promising


30 October 2019

Groote Schuur unveils new cancer machine that can treat 40 patients a day

The hospital treats 3,000 new oncology patients a year


3 October 2019

Hope for HIV vaccine being tested in South Africa

While it’s too soon to be confident, a vaccine originally tested in Thailand has shown promising early results


20 September 2019

Burn victims unable to get life changing treatment

South Africa’s only tissue bank has been empty the past two months


26 August 2019

Western Cape health services paint bloody picture of gun violence

“We are doing battleground medicine,” says minister


8 August 2019

Cape Town’s children seem to be getting healthier

Cases of diarrhoea and malnutrition have dropped


11 July 2019

South African researchers develop quicker way to detect drug resistance

Local man develops resistance to new TB medicine despite good adherence


10 July 2019

UN report warns of disastrous consequences of antibiotic resistance

This follows an alarming South African study which shows that doctors and nurses are prescribing antibiotics unnecessarily


30 April 2019

Give HIV home test kits to men who have sex with men, say researchers

But public health expert expresses scepticism


8 April 2019