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 goes live with Editorial Manager


The new submission and tracking system will launch on 1 September 2016; authors will be required to register on and use Editorial Manager for all submissions of new manuscripts. New instructions for authors will be made available on the SAMJ website.


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Online First (July): COVID-19 in South Africa

Table of Contents

Statement of Support

Statement of support for Professor Glenda Gray and the principle of academic freedom of speech PDF PDF
Prof. Francois Venter


How should health resource allocation be applied during the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa? PDF
A Taylor, B Taylor, J Parkes, J J Fagan
Is there value in a two-step diagnostic algorithm to confirm SARS-CoV-2 in South Africa? PDF
W Dowling, C J Opperman 0
South African healthcare workers and COVID-19: A shared responsibility to protect a precious and limited resource PDF
A Dramowski, M Zunza, K Dube, M Parker, A Slogrove 0
Digital eye syndrome: COVID-19 lockdown side-effect? PDF
A J Munsamy, V Chetty 0


What are we doing to the children of South Africa under the guise of COVID-19 lockdown? PDF
L van Bruwaene, F Mustafa, J Cloete, A Goga, R J Green
Collateral damage of the COVID-19 pandemic: Exacerbation of antimicrobial resistance and disruptions to antimicrobial stewardship programmes? PDF
V Chibabhai, A G Duse, O Perovic, G A Richards
The utility of 2009 H1N1 pandemic data in understanding the transmission potential and estimating the burden of COVID-19 in South Africa to guide mitigation strategies PDF
N Phaswana-Mafuya, O Shisana, G Gray, N Zungu, L-G Bekker, L Kuonza, K Zuma, S Baral
Freedom of speech and public interest, not allegiance, should underpin science advisement to government PDF
J A Singh, A Habib, J Jansen
Compelled testing for the novel Corona Virus PDF
P Kruger

In Practice

A policy and decision-making framework for South African doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic PDF
K Jones-Bonofiglio, N Nortjé
Consent for critical care research after death from COVID-19: Arguments for a waiver PDF
K Moodley, B W Allwood, T M Rossouw
Reintroduction of elective paediatric otolaryngology procedures in South Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic PDF
J K McGuire, J J Fagan, S Peer
Affordable digital innovation to reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission among healthcare workers PDF
S Ntshalintshali, C Mnqwazi
Healthcare workers’ adherence to infection prevention and control guidelines for respiratory infectious diseases: A rapid qualitative evidence synthesis PDF
B-M Schmidt, S Cooper, A B Wiyeh, C S Wiysonge