Southern Africa


[EXCLUSIVE] If you were raped, here are your chances of finding justice

Mia Malan

New, never before conducted research reveals the road rape survivors and police walk to justice denied.


Slice of Life: 'She made a joke out of my friend's death'

Nelisiwe Msomi

When Mark died, emergency services left his body on the pavement in central Pretoria for hours.


Why does HIV kill more men than women?

Dean Peacock, Jonathan Hopkins

In 2016, 60% of women of 15 years or older living with HIV were on treatment. Less than half their male peers could say the same.


Is there a formula for academic success?

Nelisiwe Msomi

Studies show the odds are stacked against learners from poorer backgrounds, so why do some succeed where others fail?


Black experts in the health sector: Where are they?

Pontsho Pilane

It's not right that only black voices in health stories are those patients. Black medical researchers must also be heard in the media space.


Could better health for your baby come in a cardboard box?

Adri Kotze

All the rage in Finland, 'Moses baskets' could soon be coming to South African shores.


Sex workers: 'We want to own our own brothels'

Demelza Bush

Sex workers in the country want their profession to be decriminalised so that they can access health services without being discriminated against.


South African Aids council stands by national sex worker plan

Connie Kganakga

Human rights and access to healthcare remain paramount in the country's response.


​Does SA’s private healthcare sector only provide care for 16% of the population?

Liesl Pretorius, Africa Check

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi's long-touted claim may be misleading, reports Africa Check.


No fetus scan, no abortion. Really?

Nelisiwe Msomi

A draft bill is likely to virtually remove women’s access to safe abortions.


Sex, shrugs and policy holes: Why partially decriminalising sex work isn’t enough

Ishtar Lakhani

After almost two decades, the South African Law Reform Commission chose fiction over facts.


Meet the doctors: Take a look at this country's first crop of homegrown physicians

Ryan Lenora Brown

Finally capping its own medics, the country must now retain them and coax them into rural areas.


[LISTEN] What can the fight against corruption learn from the Aids struggle?

Mia Malan

Those most at risk of HIV are still fighting to be heard. But there's a lot we can learn from the fight against HIV.


Have provinces really paid outstanding billions to laboratory services?

Nelisiwe Msomi

The national health department says provinces have paid up but the head of lab services denies this.


Are abused boys more likely to become violent men?

Mia Malan

Men who abuse women have often been victims of maltreatment themselves resulting to the intergenerational cycling of abuse.


Who will pay the price for the latest national laboratory strike?

Nelisiwe Msomi

The second industrial action in as many years is likely to stretch into its second week.


National laboratory workers strike after negotiations stall, provinces fail to pay

Nelisiwe Msomi

The nationwide industrial action is expected to last at least until Friday and could affect patients living with conditions such as cancer and HIV.


When buyers of sex pay the legal price, everyone wins

The only solution to problems created by the "prostitution industry" is to end it, argue opponents as we kick off a two-part debate.


Unions, laboratory services to hold last-minute negotiations ahead of strike

Nelisiwe Msomi

Unions say they will not accept anything less than 7.3% wage increases.


Medical aids may know their fate by 2020 under the National Health Insurance

Joan van Dyk

Government and medical aids may be uncomfortable but necessary bedfellows.


Syndicates and devious health professionals may target National Health Insurance

Joan van Dyk

Criminal networks are targeting your medical aid rands but could you be part of the problem too?


Mark Heywood: 'I was pitched against the very government I had fought for'

Mia Malan

Activists litigated to force government to give HIV-positive people antiretrovirals. Mia Malan talks to Mark Heywood about the political consequences


[WATCH] Will the National Health Insurance cost you more money?

Can SA afford the NHI? And will you be able to keep seeing your doctor? Our Laura Lopez Gonzalez answers these and other questions.


Have questions about the National Health Insurance? We answer them for you

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

We tell you what the recently released NHI white paper says about the future of health services in South Africa.


Why you should play with your children

Afrika Tikkun

Playtime isn't just about fun and games - find out why it's an important part of young children's development.


Trade unions: 'The NHI is not moving fast enough'

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Private sector’s role and slow roll out likely to top ANC policy conference delegates’ list of concerns


Will you be able to have a medical aid under the National Health Insurance scheme?

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The newly released white paper could mean the end is nigh for medical aids.


It's time to end SA's war on drugs

Shaun Shelly

Drugs have destroyed many lives, but wrongheaded governmental policies have destroyed many more, argue experts.


I'm a nurse and this is why SA should decriminalise sex work

Lucy O'Connell

Why would humanitarian workers support the call to decriminalize sex work? Sometimes bombs, floods aren't the only threats to our patients.


National cancer drug shortage may last until October

Joan van Dyk

Pharmaceutical companies say that delayed drug registrations by the Medicines Control Council may have played a role in stock outs.