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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


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.


#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.


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.


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.


Rough welcome: Could South Africa's new border detention centres turn deadly?

Joan van Dyk

Experts warn that the country’s overburdened asylum system could leave people trapped at ‘processing centres’ for years


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.


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.


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.


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.


Why South Africa is sad - and getting sadder

Ina Skosana

War-torn Somalia spent more than two decades without a working Parliament, so why are Somalis happier than South Africans?


Do medically circumcised men take more risks in the bedroom?

Nelisiwe Msomi

New research may have finally answered an old question.


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.


National HIV plan scraps calls to decriminalise drug use

Pontsho Pilane

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


#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.


Inside 'bluetoothing's' fake high

Demelza Bush, Nelisiwe Msomi

Did you know that 'bluetoothing' puts you at risk of contracting multiple bloodborne diseases and it doesn't even get you high?


SA scores new medicine worth millions – for free

Joan van Dyk

A deal brokered with the health department guarantees free access but for how long?


Search for victims continues after Charlotte Maxeke Hospital roof collapses

Bhekisisa team

Emergency services say three more people may still be buried in the rubble.


Ramokgopa: We are assessing if anyone is trapped under the debris at Charlotte Maxeke

Bhekisisa team

The newly-appointed Gauteng health MEC confirmed that five people were injured when a section of the hospital’s roof collapsed.


Feel unsafe? There's an app for that

Kate Hodal

With crime rates high and no efficient emergency number available, an app developed by a student aims to make people in Kenya feel safer.


The future of take-away? I'll take a large pizza - and an HIV test - for delivery

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Home is where the heart is, they say – it could also be the future of HIV testing.


#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.


Two drugs could be the key to quicker TB cures

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Patients were no longer infectious after just two months of treatment — faster than almost all drugs ever recorded.


'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.


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.