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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.


#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.


#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.


How Trump's global 'gag rule' policy threatens health clinics

Murithi Mutiga

Campaigners warn the reinstatement of a policy cutting aid to organisations that offer abortion services will devastate family planning.


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.


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.


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

Pontsho Pilane

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


Teachers may be losing the battle of the bulge

Pontsho Pilane

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


More married women than singles having abortions

Ina Skosana

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


What's next for South Africa's experimental HIV vaccine

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

If it works, the world's latest HIV vaccine candidate may make it to market quicker than we think - and become a routine childhood vaccination


Why I signed up for an HIV vaccine trial

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Jane Mahlangu is set to become one of the first 100 people in South Africa to receive an experimental jab that could prevent HIV - and make history