Opinion


Women’s bodies are the battleground for civil liberties

Teldah Mawarire, Sara K Brandt

Female activists face persecution largely because their existence is an affront to the patriarchal nature of societies.


Service delivery starts with data. See who's been missing from the spreadsheets

Dominic Haslam

Without accurate data, maginalised groups risk being left behind - again.


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.


#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.


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.


Free pads: 'KZN girls miss three days of school a month because of their periods'

Pontsho Pilane

The province is providing free sanitary pads to learners, so what's stopping a national roll-out?


As if HIV treatment never happened and time stood still

In SA, HIV infection is no longer a death sentence but in countries like the Democratic Republic Congo, it's as if treatment never happened.


‘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.


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.


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.


Why treasury won't support a fall in the tampon tax

Pontsho Pilane

Pontsho Pilane recently presented a proposal to Parliament to introduce free pads for poor people who menstruate. Here’s what she learned.


South Africa on the cusp of HIV vaccine breakthrough

Glenda Gray

Recently the first participants in the HVTN 702 study received jabs of a vaccine that could stop HIV in its tracks


Too poor to care? The call for a minimum wage has exposed a sick system

Ntsiki Mpulo

Care workers may be the backbone of community health care but they sure aren’t paid like it


Could we mass-produce HIV immunity?

Bhekisisa Reporters

One tiny protein may hold the secret to ending the HIV pandemic.


Six ways ARVs can help to end Aids by 2030

Kevin Rebe

Science knows more than ever about how to use HIV treatment to prevent new infections but will it be enough to end Aids?


Why do men rape?

Is South Africa breeding a nation of abusers and victims? Mia Malan interrogates why sexual violence in the country is so prevalent.


Hundreds of medical graduates may be unemployed amid budget cuts

Zahid Badroodien

More than 200 newly qualified doctors may be left with worthless degrees if provinces can't raise funds for internship positions


Cancer and heart disease: Can alcohol help you or hurt you?

Charles Parry

Drinking four glasses of wine a day can increase your chances of getting breast cancer by about 50%.


Tampon tax: What's the big deal?

Why are people who menstruate forced to spend at least R40 000 on sanitary products in their lifetime?


A sight for sore eyes: Teachers test pupils’ eyes to keep them in school

Imran Khan

Children need more than books to flourish at school. De-worming may be one of the most cost-effective ways to increase school participation in Africa.


The ups and downs of community healthcare

Koot Kotze

Often medical help comes too late for people in rural areas but community health workers could change this


Court case could force gold industry to pay out miners' daughters and wives

Thabang Pooe, Dean Peacock

A high court has ruled that compensation to women who have to take care of sick miners could ease the gendered harms imposed by the industry.


Money can't be the only motive for developing life-saving medicines

Will the world act now to be ready for the next big outbreak?


Free pads versus free condoms: Why we can't afford this debate

Pontsho Pilane

Why the debate misses the very gendered point in a country where people with uteruses remain disproportionally affected by HIV.


Medical conscientious objectors who scupper abortions deny women their rights

Indira Govender

Conscientious objectors who refuse to perform abortions or related services for moral reasons may have become a law unto themselves.


#WhyThisMatters Why should South Africa decriminalise sex work?

M&G Multimedia

Decriminalising sex work could help avert almost half of all new HIV infections globally in the next 10 years.


Paying it forward: South Africa's law should give all fathers and adoptive parents paid parental leave

Wessel van den Berg

Getting parents more involved in childcare is good for a child’s health and prospects in life. South Africa needs to get with the programme.


Life Esidimeni patient deaths are a wake up call that came too late

The callous disregard shown at many levels for the wellbeing of vulnerable people proved fatal.


A life-saving shift: New reductions in doctors’ hours are still far off the mark

Koot Kotze

Research shows that any shift longer than 16 hours puts doctors and patients at risk.


HIV and 'the shot': Could a leading contraceptive fuel HIV infection risk?

Sinaye Ngcapu

New evidence has spurred a large, multi-country study and an international meeting on the matter but will answer come soon enough for women?