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#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


Could do-it-yourself HIV testing take off in SA?

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The World Health Organisation hopes take-home tests will increase the number of the people who know their HIV status


STUDY: 56% of surveyed Diepsloot men have raped or beaten a woman in the past year

Mia Malan

Rape and physical abuse rates more than double those reported in national studies have been recorded in Diepsloot in northern Johannesburg


Vimba! Bhekisisa app helps Diepsloot women and children access help when raped

Bhekisisa team

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Bhekisisa is launching a free gender-based violence helpline in Diepsloot


Women can now inject themselves with 'the shot' at home

Pontsho Pilane

Could do-it-yourself birth control injections take off in South Africa?


Trying for a baby? Find out your chances of falling pregnant

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Figure out your odds of falling pregnant via in vitro fertilisation with this new online calculator


The investigation that unravelled an international syndicate dealing in stolen ARVs

Lionel Faull, Thomas Angeli

How undercover police infiltrated a criminal network that spent years hiding behind a curtain of shelf companies, Swiss bank accounts and pseudonyms.


Will quackery guide Trump's global health policy?

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The US remains one of the leading funders of global health but will this change on president-elect Donald Trump’s watch?


How an international syndicate profited from Southern Africa's HIV epidemics

Lionel Faull takes us inside the investigation that exposed an ARV-smuggling syndicate that have managed to escape South African justice.


How to choose a medical aid plan

Ina Skosana

Are you thinking of switching medical aid options? If so, read this first.


Mail & Guardian, ​Bhekisisa journalists win Vodacom journalism awards

Bhekisisa team

Bhekisisa reporter Pontsho Pilane and M&G financial reporter Lisa Steyn nab top prizes at national journalism awards


Fed-up NHI doctors say they are nothing more than glorified nurses

Mia Malan

GPs working in the National Health Insurance’s biggest pilot site say they won't stay because of drug stock-outs, staff shortages and long queues