South African Medical Journal

The South African Medical Journal (SAMJ) - first published in 1884 - is a monthly, peer reviewed, general medical journal publishing leading research impacting clinical care in Africa. The journal now incorporates continuing medical education (CME).



SAMJ May 2021


The full issue of Vol. 111 No. 5 is available for viewing and download under 'Issues'

Posted: 2020-07-08
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Online First: COVID-19 in South Africa

Table of Contents


Hunger as a driver of depressive symptoms: Optimising responses to mental health aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic PDF
X Hunt, D J Stein, N Spaull, M Tomlinson
COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in South Africa: A complex social phenomenon PDF
S Cooper, H van Rooyen, C S Wiysonge


Personal and occupational experiences of COVID-19 and their effects on South African health workers’ wellbeing PDF
R Curran, M Bachmann, A J van Rensburg, J Murdoch, A Awotiwon, C-J Ras, I Petersen, L Fairall
Telerheumatology in the era of COVID-19 in South Africa PDF
S D Ntshalintshali, T Zwane, R du Toit
A call to action: Temporal trends of COVID-19 deaths in the South African Muslim community PDF
W Jassat, Z Brey, S Parker, M Wadee, S Wadee, S A Madhi

In Practice

COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign for healthcare workers in a low-resource setting: A clinician-driven initiative PDF
D L Reddy, Z Dangor, N Lala, J Johnstone, L Maswabi, J M L Tsitsi
Impact of COVID-19 on routine primary healthcare services in South Africa PDF
Y Pillay, S Pienaar, P Barron, T Zondi
Access to chloroquine in patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases attending rheumatology outpatient clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic PDF
S D Ntshalintshali, EM Geldenhuys, F Moosajee, W A M Musa, L du Plessis, A Viljoen, D Fortuin, R du Toit


Estimating the surgical backlog from the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa: A retrospective analysis of six government hospitals PDF
K M Chu, J Marco, H Bougard, C P Strauss, L Bertels, A E Victor, L van der Walt, A Goliath, R Duvenage
Tracking mortality in near to real time provides essential information about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa in 2020 PDF
D Bradshaw, R E Dorrington, R Laubscher, T A Moultrie, P Groenewald