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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.


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?


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.


​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.


Who will pay the price for the latest national laboratory strike?

Nelisiwe Msomi

The second industrial action in as many years is likely to stretch into its second week.


Unions, laboratory services to hold last-minute negotiations ahead of strike

Nelisiwe Msomi

Unions say they will not accept anything less than 7.3% wage increases.


Medical aids may know their fate by 2020 under the National Health Insurance

Joan van Dyk

Government and medical aids may be uncomfortable but necessary bedfellows.


'After getting pregnant, you are done': no more school for mums-to-be

Rebecca Ratcliffe

This country's president just told public schools to kick out teen mothers, tens of thousands of whom have already lost out on education.


Have questions about the National Health Insurance? We answer them for you

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

We tell you what the recently released NHI white paper says about the future of health services in South Africa.


Trade unions: 'The NHI is not moving fast enough'

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Private sector’s role and slow roll out likely to top ANC policy conference delegates’ list of concerns


Will you be able to have a medical aid under the National Health Insurance scheme?

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The newly released white paper could mean the end is nigh for medical aids.


National cancer drug shortage may last until October

Joan van Dyk

Pharmaceutical companies say that delayed drug registrations by the Medicines Control Council may have played a role in stock outs.


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 risks hitting healthcare where it counts

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?