Central Africa


Nutrition remains single biggest ‘missed opportunity’ in health, says Gates

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Malnutrition contributes to almost half of all child deaths globally but receives 1% of foreign aid.


United Nations' first high-level meeting on TB could usher in a new world order

Yogan Pillay (author)

The global body heeds calls by SA health minister Aaron Motsoaledi for high-level meeting on age-old killer.


Watch list: Four things that could change healthcare as we know it

Nelisiwe Msomi

Fact may be stranger than science fiction as artificial intelligence moves into consulting rooms.


As if HIV treatment never happened and time stood still

In SA, HIV infection is no longer a death sentence but in countries like the Democratic Republic Congo, it's as if treatment never happened.


Viruses, vaccines and superbugs: The biggest health stories of 2016

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

This year wasn’t pretty but from its ashes may rise important scientific advances that could change the course of history.


Should you be keeping Santa’s secret from the kids?

Pontsho Pilane

Warning, this article contains sensitive details about Father Christmas. Kids, look away.


How to prevent HIV with a pill

Demelza Bush

Mia Malan answers six important questions about the HIV prevention pill in three minutes.


The pros and cons of C-sections and vaginal births

Pontsho Pilane

Planning for a baby? Before deciding on a birth plan, find out what you need to know to make an informed decision.


Six ways ARVs can help to end Aids by 2030

Kevin Rebe

Science knows more than ever about how to use HIV treatment to prevent new infections but will it be enough to end Aids?


Trying for a baby? Find out your chances of falling pregnant

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Figure out your odds of falling pregnant via in vitro fertilisation with this new online calculator


Will quackery guide Trump's global health policy?

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The US remains one of the leading funders of global health but will this change on president-elect Donald Trump’s watch?


Cancer and heart disease: Can alcohol help you or hurt you?

Charles Parry

Drinking four glasses of wine a day can increase your chances of getting breast cancer by about 50%.


A sight for sore eyes: Teachers test pupils’ eyes to keep them in school

Imran Khan

Children need more than books to flourish at school. De-worming may be one of the most cost-effective ways to increase school participation in Africa.


Money can't be the only motive for developing life-saving medicines

Will the world act now to be ready for the next big outbreak?


Why is prostate cancer more aggressive in black men?

It's not yet known why prostate cancer affects black men worse than their white counterparts, but if you're a black man over 40, get yourself checked.


Bhekisisa editor Mia Malan nabs CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Award

Bhekisisa team

Malan won for her long-form piece, “Diepsloot: Where men think it’s their right to rape.”


Unique South African children may chart new path for HIV vaccines

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

A study conducted among almost 200 South African children is the largest of its kind.


What if you don’t identify as a man or a woman?

Bathrooms, pronouns and growing up in a binary world. Mia Malan speaks to Demelza Bush about being genderqueer.


Data does not support the claim that 1 in 10 African girls miss school because of menstruation

Kate Wilkinson

A number of small studies have been conducted in African countries on the effect of menstruation on girls’ school attendance.


Lift the veil on drug pricing and trade agreements, the UN urges companies and states

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

New United Nations report calls for drug companies to spill closely held secrets and patent reforms.


HIV and 'the shot': Could a leading contraceptive fuel HIV infection risk?

Sinaye Ngcapu

New evidence has spurred a large, multi-country study and an international meeting on the matter but will answer come soon enough for women?


[From our archives] Five good reasons to ditch chemical hair relaxers this December

Pontsho Pilane

Black women, beware: your pursuit of straight, silky locks may be detrimental to your health.


[From our archives] What does your vagina have in common with an iceberg?

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Science is learning more about your vagina. So should you.


Breast is best: Exclusive breastfeeding could turn Africa’s child mortality tide

Rachel Toku-Appiah

Malnutrition is a leading cause of death in under-fives, but there’s a simple — and free — solution that could save lives.


#AIDS2016: Medical male circumcision saves millions in lives and costs

Bhekisisa Reporters

Statistics show that voluntary male circumcision is a crucial weapon in the fight to control HIV.


#AIDS2016: Bill Gates warns HIV among young Africans could reverse progress

Mia Malan

The billionaire philanthropist says we need to focus on curbing infections among teenage girls and young women.


#AIDS2016: From medical circumcision to vaccines, these seven things will change HIV

Salim Abdool Karim

We know more than ever about how to prevent HIV infection, including what may someday lead to the world's first HIV vaccine.


#AIDS2016: HIV is a social issue and requires a new tack to end the pandemic

Nina Baltes, Michael Thiede

The government needs to spend much more on nonmedical interventions, and that comes down to changing the way people interact.


​#AIDS2016: Five things to watch out for at the International Aids Conference 2016

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The International Aids Conference returns to Durban after 16 years. This year heralds the HIV prevention revolution that is underway.


#AIDS2016: Countdown to the International Aids Conference in Durban begins

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The conference is set to be a historic moment in the HIV response and we'll be bringing you the latest from Durban.