Southern Africa


[LISTEN] Health MEC: '#LifeEsidimeni families' voices were muffled’

New Gauteng health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa speaks about the Life Esidimeni tragedy that claimed the lives of at least 94 mental health patients.


#LifeEsidimeni: Patients still missing after deadly move from state care

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Gauteng health department hopes to avoid legal battle as more bodies are discovered.


Service delivery starts with data. See who's been missing from the spreadsheets

Dominic Haslam

Without accurate data, maginalised groups risk being left behind - again.


When is an abortion legal?

Ina Skosana

Find out when you can terminate a pregnancy and who should be doing it.


'I became a bully because my dad abused my mom'

Why do children bully? We look at some of the factors that lead to this behaviour.


'It didn't take long for [the fetus] to come out. There was a human-like form.'

Ina Skosana

Left with little choice, many women turn to illegal abortionists to terminate their pregnancies.


'Bluetoothing': The drug myth that fooled a nation?

Nelisiwe Msomi

Outreach workers say the practice making headlines isn’t as widespread as it’s been made out to be as they rush to prevent more from trying it.


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.


Looking to invest in health? Here's how to get the biggest bang for your buck

Folake Olayinka

Every dollar spent on vaccines brings a 16-fold return on investment — and up to $44 for every dollar if broader benefits are taken into account.


Less than 7% of health facilities nationwide offer abortions - Amnesty International

Ina Skosana

In some provinces, safe, free abortions may only be provided at about 260 public facilities.


How to spot an illegal abortion

Here are three ways to tell whether or not you might be going for an abortion at an illegitimate practitioner.


#SONA2017: Mbete refuses moment of silence for 94 dead mental health patients

Mia Malan

Key players say the culture of government created by Jacob Zuma allowed the deaths of 94 health patients.


Dozens of health workers still unemployed as departments scramble for posts

Joan van Dyk

Much is made of alleged shortages in doctors’ posts but clinical associates rarely gets a mention, says professional association.


#MiningIndaba: Why the real mining investors won’t be in Cape Town this week

Thabang Pooe

The most important people in mining will not be among the movers and shakers at the high-profile event this week.


Why life with this common condition can be an emotional rollercoaster

Nelisiwe Msomi

Having a chronic illness can raise your risk of depression. For diabetics, the blood sugar high and lows of everyday life take an extra toll.


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.


Could this birth trend make for more serene deliveries?

Pontsho Pilane

Water births are a growing phenomenon in South Africa and globally. But this birth method is controversial – scientific evidence is lacking.


Free pads: 'KZN girls miss three days of school a month because of their periods'

Pontsho Pilane

The province is providing free sanitary pads to learners, so what's stopping a national roll-out?


#LifeEsidimeni: 'There may still be uncounted bodies in state mortuaries'

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The health ombudsman has found 94 mental health patients died because of state negligence. Laura Lopez Gonzalez tells Mia Malan what happened.


Health MEC quits as patient death tally almost triples

Mia Malan

Almost 100 Gauteng mental health patients died after MEC Qedani Mahlangu's disastrous decision, the health ombud has found.


Life Esidimeni: 'My son had death in his face'

A father speaks out about the terrible conditions his son died in after being removed from state-funded hospital care at Life Esidimeni.


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.


Does mixing sex and alcohol make it easier to get HIV?

Demelza Bush

How does your drinking affect your sex life? And can HIV infection be linked to alcohol consumption? Mia Malan gives you the facts.


When it’s not just PMS: Could your period be affecting your mental health?

Joan van Dyk

Science could be closer to unravelling the riddle of menstruation-related mood disorders


Is it dangerous to test yourself for HIV?

Demelza Bush

Two years of HIV self-testing in Malawi have shown no cases of suicide, intimate partner violence or self-harm.


Motsoaledi denies shortage of posts for medical graduates

Joan van Dyk

The health department says the problems with placements are overstated but experts wonder if provincial budgets are coping with rising costs.


[EXCLUSIVE] Police arrest health workers for giving drug users clean water

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The health department calls arrests 'unfortunate' after senior officials spend night trying to get workers out of cells.


New graduates, rural areas likely to pay the price for austerity measures

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.