Southern Africa


Austerity measures may leave SA's next generation of health workers unemployed

Joan van Dyk

Some pharmacists will be doing their community service at private pharmacies amid a shortage of posts.


How to pack the best lunch for your kids in five easy steps

Nelisiwe Msomi

Not up to the daily dilemma of what to pack your little ones for lunch? Beef up your children’s lunch boxes with these quick tips.


Could six injections a year protect you from HIV infection?

Pontsho Pilane

A new injectable drug could change the face of HIV prevention and the revolution might start right here in South Africa.


‘If government can give us flavoured condoms, it can give us free pads’

Demelza Bush

Find out which departments need to step up to make free pads a reality for people who menstruate.


Five ways to reduce your risk of prostate cancer

Ina Skosana

Prostate cancer accounts for nearly a quarter of all cancers in black men. Find out how to protect yourself and the ones you love.


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.


Survive December on SA's roads with these four tips

Pontsho Pilane

Make sure that you and your family don't end up as statistics of this festive season.


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

Pontsho Pilane

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


It’s time to stop treating sexual violence as just coincidental to HIV infections

Daygan Eager

A national policy on sexual assault has been in draft form for years. Now, the country now has the chance to put survivors of sexual violence first.


How to test for HIV at home

Demelza Bush

South Africa is one of just 23 countries globally that supports HIV self-testing. Find out how to take an HIV test at home.


Male breast cancer stays hidden

Ina Skosana

When Thami Mabuza found a lump in his chest, he never could have imagined it was breast cancer.


Teachers may be losing the battle of the bulge

Pontsho Pilane

A new study argues a teacher's health habits could influence pupils'choices.


Forced sterilisations rob African women of more than just motherhood

Tabitha Griffith Saoyo

The ability to bear children continues to decide many women's social standing and inheritance.


More married women than singles having abortions

Ina Skosana

Nearly 90% of terminations of pregnancies are performed in developing countries.


How our app helps Diepsloot women survive rape

Want to know how our new Vimba Helpline works? Watch this video.


Why treasury won't support a fall in the tampon tax

Pontsho Pilane

Pontsho Pilane recently presented a proposal to Parliament to introduce free pads for poor people who menstruate. Here’s what she learned.


What's next for South Africa's experimental HIV vaccine

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

If it works, the world's latest HIV vaccine candidate may make it to market quicker than we think - and become a routine childhood vaccination


Why I signed up for an HIV vaccine trial

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Jane Mahlangu is set to become one of the first 100 people in South Africa to receive an experimental jab that could prevent HIV - and make history


South Africa on the cusp of HIV vaccine breakthrough

Glenda Gray

Recently the first participants in the HVTN 702 study received jabs of a vaccine that could stop HIV in its tracks


Could do-it-yourself HIV testing take off in SA?

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The World Health Organisation hopes take-home tests will increase the number of the people who know their HIV status


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.


Vimba! Bhekisisa app helps Diepsloot women and children access help when raped

Bhekisisa team

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Bhekisisa is launching a free gender-based violence helpline in Diepsloot


Child rape in Diepsloot: The shocking story that sparked outrage

Mia Malan

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


Could we mass-produce HIV immunity?

Bhekisisa Reporters

One tiny protein may hold the secret to ending the HIV pandemic.


Too poor to care? The call for a minimum wage has exposed a sick system

Ntsiki Mpulo

Care workers may be the backbone of community health care but they sure aren’t paid like it


Women can now inject themselves with 'the shot' at home

Pontsho Pilane

Could do-it-yourself birth control injections take off in South Africa?


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?


Why do men rape?

Is South Africa breeding a nation of abusers and victims? Mia Malan interrogates why sexual violence in the country is so prevalent.


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