Mia Malan

Mia Malan is the Mail & Guardian’s health editor and the director of the newspaper’s health journalism centre, Bhekisisa. She heads up a team of seven Johannesburg-based reporters and 10 correspondents in African countries other than South Africa. She loves drama, good wine and strong coffee, not necessarily in that order.


[From our archives] 'I saw the world through the blurry lens of an oxygen tent'

Mia Malan

With the severe effects of the habit on the unborn child now widely known, why do pregnant mothers refuse to give up?


[From our archives] The boys who lost their manhood

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At least 12 boys have died this month in botched traditional circumcisions. We look at what happens when bungled initiations cost boys their penises.


HIV stigma: 'The fear of being blamed for being different is too much to face'

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Aids is a mirror that reflects how we think about society. It exposes our prejudices and our lack of ability to embrace diversity.


What will it take to end Aids by 2030?

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Scientific advances mean nothing if people are too ashamed and feel too judged to seek them out.


STUDY: 56% of surveyed Diepsloot men have raped or beaten a woman in the past year

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Rape and physical abuse rates more than double those reported in national studies have been recorded in Diepsloot in northern Johannesburg


Child rape in Diepsloot: The shocking story that sparked outrage

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Read an excerpt from the award-winning story that kick-started a campaign to link survivors of rape and gender-based violence to care.


Fed-up NHI doctors say they are nothing more than glorified nurses

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GPs working in the National Health Insurance’s biggest pilot site say they won't stay because of drug stock-outs, staff shortages and long queues


Political meddling and hospitals collapsing: How Bhekisisa exposed the Free State's health MEC

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Now shuffled sideways, Benny Malakoane's term of office was marked by a staggering ineptness that prompted the #FireBenny campaign.


[From our achives] Former Free State health MEC: They call me a killer, I know I'm a saviour

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In this 2014 interview, former Free State health MEC Benny Malakoane says that detractors are still alive is proof of the good work under his watch.


ANC denies removal of Free State health MEC has to do with fraud and #firebenny

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Benny Malakoane ‘did an excellent job’ despite tales of fraud, dismissals and hospitals in crisis.