Southern Africa


KZN cancer patients sent home with panados as treatment waiting lists grow

Joan van Dyk

State cancer patients have nowhere to turn, even if their cancer is treatable


Khwezi speaks: 'I did not do it to win. I was just fighting for myself'

Redi Tlhabi

In a new book, Redi Tlhabi reveals the woman behind the pseudonym and the price she paid for pursuing justice after accusing Jacob Zuma of rape.


'My mom was too scared to check what was wrong. In the end, doctors removed her womb'

Joan van Dyk

Early screening for cervical cancer can be a lifesaver but are nonprofit organisations enough to fill the gap in KZN's crumbling system?


What sex workers and clients really want you to know about the business of sex

Ruvi Tenga, Zia Wasserman

Making sex work safer can slow down the rate of new HIV infections and also address gender-based violence, studies have shown.


Five things you didn't know about human milk banks

Pontsho Pilane

We take a look at some of the unlikely customers hitting up SA's breast milk banks.


[WATCH] Cancer care crisis in KwaZulu-Natal

Demelza Bush, Joan van Dyk

Find out why cancer care in KwaZulu-Natal is on the brink of collapse.


Is DIY HIV testing the latest Cape Town trend?

Kristen van Schie

It starts with a swab but does it end with a diagnosis? Why the trickiest part of DIY HIV testing happens after the test


The promise and peril of do-it-yourself HIV testing

Adrian Puren

One in two people living with HIV still aren’t on treatment, could DIY testing be the solution?


These countries medically prescribe heroin, should SA follow suit?

It’s time that evidence, not stigma, drive SA’s drug policies.


A new loo: Gaze into the toilet bowl of the future

Lina Zeldovich

Despite our complicated relationship with it, our poo could one day power our cell phones, tablets and laptops.


Are sex workers forced into their jobs?

Demelza Bush

Sex workers in South Africa want their profession decriminalised, a view supported by many medical professionals and civil society organisations.


Wonder where SA's medically circumcised men are? Now there's a map for that

Nelisiwe Msomi

When new technology and an old tradition meet, they could help avert more than a million new HIV infections


Deadly waiting game: Cancer crisis fuels demand for end-of-life care

Joan van Dyk

Health workers brace for an increased need for palliative care as waiting lists grow.


Health or human rights? False dichotomy could fuel a resurgence in forced HIV testing

Michaela Clayton, Annabel Raw

More than three decades ago, HIV activists fought against mandatory testing. Now an old battle is finding new life.


Mediation could ease SA’s medico-legal woes but it’s no quick fix

Janine Simon-Meyer

South Africa is now home to more than 90 trained medical mediators, but there’s not much work to go around - yet.


A slow burn: How violence and trauma meet in a single, vicious circle

Mia Malan

Fikile Mbabalula, Bathabile Dlamini, Mduduzi Manana. Until Saturday, they all served in same cabinet - where 
two ends of a 
vicious circle meet.


Rape and (in)justice: 340 guilty verdicts from 3952 cases

Mia Malan

A new study shows the dreadful reality of how the criminal justice system is failing victims of this 'priority crime' in SA.


[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.


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.