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.
Find out which departments need to step up to make free pads a reality for people who menstruate.
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.
The ability to bear children continues to decide many women's social standing and inheritance.
Pontsho Pilane recently presented a proposal to Parliament to introduce free pads for poor people who menstruate. Here’s what she learned.
Recently the first participants in the HVTN 702 study received jabs of a vaccine that could stop HIV in its tracks
Care workers may be the backbone of community health care but they sure aren’t paid like it
One tiny protein may hold the secret to ending the HIV pandemic.
Science knows more than ever about how to use HIV treatment to prevent new infections but will it be enough to end Aids?
Is South Africa breeding a nation of abusers and victims? Mia Malan interrogates why sexual violence in the country is so prevalent.
More than 200 newly qualified doctors may be left with worthless degrees if provinces can't raise funds for internship positions
Drinking four glasses of wine a day can increase your chances of getting breast cancer by about 50%.
Why are people who menstruate forced to spend at least R40 000 on sanitary products in their lifetime?
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.
Often medical help comes too late for people in rural areas but community health workers could change this
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.
Will the world act now to be ready for the next big outbreak?
Why the debate misses the very gendered point in a country where people with uteruses remain disproportionally affected by HIV.
Conscientious objectors who refuse to perform abortions or related services for moral reasons may have become a law unto themselves.
Decriminalising sex work could help avert almost half of all new HIV infections globally
in the next 10 years.
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.
The callous disregard shown at many levels for the wellbeing of vulnerable people proved fatal.
Research shows that any shift longer than 16 hours puts doctors and patients at risk.
New evidence has spurred a large, multi-country study and an international meeting on the matter but will answer come soon enough for women?
As a food crisis unfolds in the country, prisons lack money to purchase even simple food stuffs such as maize flour and beans.
Malnutrition is a leading cause of death in under-fives, but there’s a simple — and free — solution that could save lives.
Speculation swirled around Malema after he dropped extra kilos, showing dangerous associations between being thin and being sick still plague Africa.
Tweets shouldn't fuel HIV-related stigma. The Mail and Guardian's tweets did. Here's why.
Medicine shouldn’t be the only thing on the books at our medical schools. Here are some tips for healthcare workers to handle abuse.
More than 30 years into the epidemic, HIV continues to hold a mirror to society and exposes our prejudices and injustices
Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu breaks her silence over the department's deadly decision to transfer psychiatric patients.
The US remains one of the leading funders of global health but will this change on president-elect Donald Trump’s watch?
HIV self-testing empowers many in rural areas to know their status without having to travel long distances to get to a clinic.
Bhekisisa means "to scrutinise" in Zulu
In South Africa, Zulu patients who would like to be thoroughly assessed by a doctor, would ask the physician to "bhekisisa" them.