West Africa


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.


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.


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

M&G Multimedia

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.


‘If government can give us flavoured condoms, it can give us free pads’

Demelza Bush

Find out which departments need to step up to make free pads a reality for people who menstruate.


Five ways to reduce your risk of prostate cancer

Ina Skosana

Prostate cancer accounts for nearly a quarter of all cancers in black men. Find out how to protect yourself and the ones you love.


Viruses, vaccines and superbugs: The biggest health stories of 2016

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

This year wasn’t pretty but from its ashes may rise important scientific advances that could change the course of history.


Survive December 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 festive season.


Should you be keeping Santa’s secret from the kids?

Pontsho Pilane

Warning, this article contains sensitive details about Father Christmas. Kids, look away.


It’s time to stop treating sexual violence as just coincidental to HIV infections

Daygan Eager

A national policy on sexual assault has been in draft form for years. Now, the country now has the chance to put survivors of sexual violence first.


How to test for HIV at home

Demelza Bush

South Africa is one of just 23 countries globally that supports HIV self-testing. Find out how to take an HIV test at home.


Male breast cancer stays hidden

Ina Skosana

When Thami Mabuza found a lump in his chest, he never could have imagined it was breast cancer.


Teachers may be losing the battle of the bulge

Pontsho Pilane

A new study argues a teacher's health habits could influence pupils'choices.


Forced sterilisations rob African women of more than just motherhood

Tabitha Griffith Saoyo

The ability to bear children continues to decide many women's social standing and inheritance.


More married women than singles having abortions

Ina Skosana

Nearly 90% of terminations of pregnancies are performed in developing countries.