Southern Africa


A cautionary tale to young doctors looking to take on medicine’s culture of abuse

Yumna Moosa

In 2016, Yumna Moosa took to social media to rally young doctors against medicine's culture of bullying. Now, she's not sure she'd do it again.


Why you should care about SA's new border detention centres

Civil society organisations warn that these centres could put migrants’ rights and health at risk. Joan van Dyk explains.


Bhekisisa, M&G journalists nab top honours at health awards

Bhekisisa team

Reporters lauded for their work on prison conditions, refugees’ access to health and SA’s road to a sugar tax


Recession, ratings downgrade could sink SA's spiralling health system

Joan van Dyk

Experts warn state health clinics and hospitals are likely to further deteriorate as the public purse shrinks


Condoms at school? Yes, says a new education policy

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Parents and staff can no longer keep contraception out of schools in the case of children 12 years and older


If HIV denialists have not been pardoned, why should the DA excuse Helen Zille?

Pontsho Pilane

Aids has taught South Africans why denialism can't be tolerated – whether it comes from Thabo Mbeki or Helen Zille.


[LISTEN] What price will Motsoaledi pay for turning against Zuma?

Mia Malan

HIV activist Mark Heywood tells Bhekisisa editor Mia Malan the president and health minister are direct opposites.


SA lawyers: Motsoaledi, we’re not the reason gynaes won’t deliver babies

Neil Kirby

Werksmans Attorneys' Neil Kirby hits back at claims that unscrupulous lawyers are driving doctors out of business.


What can TB learn from HIV?

Demelza Bush

How HIV experts may be able to help crack the code and find SA's missing TB patients.


Fears as Durban loses last state cancer specialist

Joan van Dyk

Only two state cancer specialists remain in the province of more than 10-million people.


Memoirs of an activist: ‘The real heroes of the HIV struggle are still unknown’

Mark Heywood

In a new book, Mark Heywood reflects on love, justice and haunting lessons from the past.


#LifeEsidimeni: More than a year later, still no prosecutions

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Families say many are still waiting for results of autopsies performed last year.


Penicillin shortages as pharma companies eye newer, more lucrative drugs

Keila Guimarães

Older antibiotic staples are no longer moneymakers. But as modern bugs evolve to outwit them, very few new drugs are ready to take their place


Why you might battle to find a doctor to deliver your baby in SA

Aaron Motsoaledi

Could the legal profession be behind the droves of gynaecologists leaving their jobs?


Why you shouldn't be ashamed of your period

Pontsho Pilane, Demelza Bush

When we are socialised to believe something as natural as menstruation is dirty, those who bleed may feel embarrassed about their period.


New Gauteng programme allows drug users to swap illegal highs for safer alternatives

Nelisiwe Msomi

The Tshwane initiative could help reduce drug use, drug-related crime and new HIV infections


How to defy Zuma - and survive to tell the tale

Mia Malan

Analysts say this minister's strong SACP connections and ANC support ensure he’s ‘too powerful politically’ for the president to fire.


Time could be up for sexual offenders who have escaped justice

Pontsho Pilane, Carl Collison

A test lawsuit will determine whether the time limit on reporting sexual assault will be lifted.


Motsoaledi: What the NHI will mean for you - and your tax credits

Our Laura Lopez Gonzalez asks health minister Aaron Motsoaledi five questions about the National Health Insurance (NHI) and your medical aid.


'I would have killed myself': Free app puts care at rape survivors’ fingertips

Pontsho Pilane

In Diepsloot, Bhekisisa's Vimba! app is helping rape survivors access life-saving care and treatment.


Court case could axe a loophole letting sexual abusers off the hook for old offenses

Pontsho Pilane

Eight men and women may change the law and pave the way to justice and healing for thousands.


Is your child vaccinated against measles? Here’s why they might need a booster shot

Even if your child has been vaccinated, booster shots provide an extra layer of protection.


Is racism making our children sick?

Joan van Dyk

Children who experience discrimination may be more at risk of mental and physical ill-health


Will smacking your kids make them violent?

Demelza Bush, Joan van Dyk

Experts suggest that banning corporal punishment in the home could lead to a less violent society. Joan van Dyk explains.


Suicide and the violence of our words

Lizette Rabe

What if we thought of suicide as the outcome of a terminal illness instead of the outcome of an action?


Numbers of Africans sentenced to die soars

Pontsho Pilane

More than 1 000 Nigerians languish on death row.


Why some people may not be over the moon about menstrual cups

Demelza Bush, Pontsho Pilane

Moon cups, reusable pads and period panties are all alternatives to disposable pads and tampons, but they may not work for everyone.


Is 'all-in-one healthcare' a dream?

Mia Malan

Is getting all you need from one health team far fetched? Actually not. It's one field where the public health system beats the private one.


Bhekisisa journalist scoops impactAfrica award

Bhekisisa team

Reporter Pontsho Pilane has been recognised for her reporting on menstruation.


Should the government tell you how to discipline your children?

Joan van Dyk

New research reveals complex relationships between harsh parenting and violence later in life for children.