Southern Africa


Why injecting a drug user's blood into yourself will give you HIV instead of a high

The 'bluetoothing' myth recently took the media by storm. We explain why it's all risk and no high.


How Zambia is beating malaria

A decade ago, most countries used only localised strategies. But Zambia decided to make bed nets, insecticides, and drugs available nationwide.


You might have TB and not know it

Demelza Bush

TB treatment is available for free in South Africa. But 20% of people are never diagnosed and spread the disease unknowingly.


How much sugar do you drink?

Mia Malan

Half a litre of Coke contains 10 teaspoons of sugar – almost the entire recommended daily sugar allowance. But fruit juice is as bad.


Will my medical expenses get paid if I become suicidal?

Ina Skosana, Joan van Dyk

Medical aids cover far less for psychiatric illnesses than they do for physical ailments.


How to tell if your child has autism

Pontsho Pilane, Demelza Bush

What do you do if you suspect your child has autism? We answer these and other questions about the disorder.


Hearts: R1.5 million. Kidneys: R3.5 million. Can you really buy organs in Cape Town?

Joan van Dyk

Why languish in illness when the poor could be used to help you live long and prosper? A dubious advertisement recently advocated.


[FROM OUR ARCHIVES] Six ways alcohol can help – and hurt – you this Easter

Bhekisisa team

Before you down those beers at the braai, find out how much alcohol is too much this Easter.


Do single people wind up dead sooner in South Africa?

A recent article suggested that single South Africans can live longer by getting married, based on Statistics SA mortality data.


[FROM OUR ARCHIVES] Survive the Easter 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 Easter season.


In good hands: Mozambique's nurses take up the scalpel for safer births

Sara Assarson, Demelza Bush

Surgical technicians have helped halve maternal death rates in Mozambique.


Will strikes pit the rights of doctors against those of their patients?

Joan van Dyk

The quest for better working conditions leaves striking doctors with a tough decision but they might not have to choose.


Unearthing the salt hidden in your diet

Ina Skosana

Some of your favourite comfort food could be concealing a killer.


Think people should have access to abortion services? Help us make it happen

Sign up to be part of our survey team and help us check who is providing safe, legal abortions


How to fund a failing health system

Tawanda Karombo, Adri Kotze

Could Zimbabwe's new Health Development Fund rescue the country's cash-strapped clinics and hospitals?


Busted: The myths that could be standing between you and the HIV prevention pill

Joan van Dyk

A single daily tablet could slash your risk of HIV infection, could it be for you?


'We can’t accept the new HIV, TB plan' - Treatment Action Campaign

Anele Yawa

The country's strongest HIV lobby group won't back South Africa's HIV and TB plan just yet. Here are their demands.


Death brings life: This is what happens after you die

Moheb Costandi

Most of us would rather not know what happens to our bodies after death. But that breakdown gives birth to new life in unexpected ways.


Tshwane men to get the HIV prevention pill

Joan van Dyk

By June, the health department will know more about how to roll out Truvada nationally to men who have sex with men.


Do medically circumcised men take more risks in the bedroom?

Nelisiwe Msomi

New research may have finally answered an old question.


Finding South Africa's missing TB patients

Bhekisisa team

Every year, almost 500 000 people in South Africa develop TB and only half will ever be cured - see why.


If HIV denialists don't deserve a platform, why should Helen Zille?

Pontsho Pilane

Journalism does not begin or end with free speech, we have an ethical obligation not to give platform for abhorrent views in the name of free speech.


How do water births help with pain relief?

Demelza Bush

Curious about water births and why they're becoming more popular? We give you the basics in under 2 minutes.


SA continuing to negotiate affordable access to TB drug

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

A new pilot programme launched Friday will allow at least 200 people to access the latest treatment worth hundreds of thousands of rand.


SA may hold key to curing world's rising drug-resistant TB epidemic

Dr Francesca Conradie

New drug combinations tested in the country may be a lifeline to those with TB most unlikely to survive it.


Doctors pass the scalpel to nurses in the quest for safer births

Sara Assarson

A doctor shortage in war-torn Mozambique paved the way for a new breed of surgeons that have slashed deaths among new mothers.


National HIV plan scraps calls to decriminalise drug use

Pontsho Pilane

Contraception may be finally coming to a secondary school near you.


Malawi to halt prosecutions against LGBTI community

Malawi says it will no longer enforce anti-homosexuality laws but dangerous homophobia persists on the country's streets - and in its clinics.


#SizaMap: Where to get a safe, legal abortion in SA

Ina Skosana, Joan van Dyk

No national database of legal abortion providers in South Africa existed – so Bhekisisa made one.


This disposable piece of technology might save your life – if you can afford it

Ina Skosana

Many diabetics are dependent on expensive blood sugar testing strips to stay alive. Most in South Africa can't afford it.