Opinion


Unconscionable: Health workers' right to refuse abortions vs women's right to choose

When religion trumps science in medicine, women's bodies and Constitutional rights may be caught in the crossfire.


Why it could cost less than R120 per year to save a life

Alex Ezeh, Ann Starrs

Maternal deaths in developing regions would fall by 73% if all women had access to contraception and maternal healthcare, shows new research.


Rands and sense: Why the National Health Insurance may lead to better health budgets

Natasha Salant

As it stands, the policy may be woolly and imprecise but its promise is too bold to ignore.


Missing medicines and missing money: Why a bigger crisis looms in North West

Russell Rensburg

Provincial medicine shortages may be just the beginning.


Meet the nurses fighting on the front lines — with no ammunition

Semakaleng Phafoli

Public health systems are driven by nurses. Yet, they have little authority.


Why people failing to take their TB treatment should not be jailed

Bhekisisa Reporters

It's World TB Day. Here's why human rights and TB responses go hand in hand.


Why aren't government officials losing sleep over #Listeriosis and #LifeEsidimeni?

Mia Malan

Both Life Esidimeni and Listeriosis exposed leadership cracks in our public health system. Are political leaders held accountable for their actions?


Want to write a story people won’t forget? [WATCH] this

Mia Malan

When it comes to weaving a good yarn, the devil really is in the detail.


‘Imali yeqolo’: Really, Gigaba? Women fall pregnant to get child support grants?

Nonhlanhla Sibanda-Moyo

Gender activists are outraged by the former finance minister’s side comments on government grants during his budget speech.


Why taking back the power starts 
with you and your vagina

Tlaleng Mofokeng

Want to advocate for your uterus? Here are six ways you can do it.


Abortion: Government to get tougher on doctors with moral objections

Yogan Pillay

Draft guidelines will look to balance a doctor or nurse's right recuse themselves from performing abortions with a person's right to choose.


Redefining risk: When it's okay to be HIV-positive and have sex without a condom

Kevin Rebe

HIV-positive people who have very low levels of HIV in their blood can’t sexually transmit the virus. Here’s what it means for you & SA.


This is why some rapists will never face justice

Amir Shroufi

For survivors, any hope of justice depends on the presence of doctors and forensic nurses. The catch? These are few and far between.


In the future, a simple ring could protect you from HIV and unwanted pregnancies

Yvette Raphael , Manju Chatani

A vaginal ring could one day offer women dual protection against HIV infection and unwanted pregnancies. Unless this happens.


Stuttering blues: The cadence of social anxiety and identity

Khinali Bagwandeen

He is a father, husband and businessman but the one thing that defined his social existence also taught his daughter an important lesson.


#LifeEsidimeni: Why seemingly good people came to do very, very bad things

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

At least 141 mental health patients. As officials take the stand as part of arbitration hearings, a disturbing thread runs through their testimonies.


Khwezi speaks: 'I did not do it to win. I was just fighting for myself'

Redi Tlhabi

In a new book, Redi Tlhabi reveals the woman behind the pseudonym and the price she paid for pursuing justice after accusing Jacob Zuma of rape.


What sex workers and clients really want you to know about the business of sex

Zia Wasserman, Zoe Black

Making sex work safer can lead to less HIV infections and gender-based violence, studies have shown.


The promise and peril of do-it-yourself HIV testing

Adrian Puren

One in two people living with HIV still aren’t on treatment, could DIY testing be the solution?


These countries medically prescribe heroin, should SA follow suit?

It’s time that evidence, not stigma, drive SA’s drug policies.


Are sex workers forced into their jobs?

DC Bush

Sex workers in South Africa want their profession decriminalised, a view supported by many medical professionals and civil society organisations.


Health or human rights? False dichotomy could fuel a resurgence in forced HIV testing

Michaela Clayton, Annabel Raw

More than three decades ago, HIV activists fought against mandatory testing. Now an old battle is finding new life.


Mediation could ease SA’s medico-legal woes but it’s no quick fix

Janine Simon-Meyer

South Africa is now home to more than 90 trained medical mediators, but there’s not much work to go around - yet.


‘Manana will at best get a suspended sentence or a fine’

Mia Malan

Fikile Mbabalula, Bathabile Dlamini, Mduduzi Manana. They all served in same cabinet - where 
two ends of a 
vicious circle meet.


Why does HIV kill more men than women?

Dean Peacock, Jonathan Hopkins

In 2016, 60% of women of 15 years or older living with HIV were on treatment. Less than half their male peers could say the same.


Black experts in the health sector: Where are they?

Pontsho Pilane

It's not right that only black voices in health stories are those patients. Black medical researchers must also be heard in the media space.


South African Aids council stands by national sex worker plan

Connie Kganakga

Human rights and access to healthcare remain paramount in the country's response.


[LISTEN] What can the fight against corruption learn from the Aids struggle?

Mia Malan

Those most at risk of HIV are still fighting to be heard. But there's a lot we can learn from the fight against HIV.


When buyers of sex pay the legal price, everyone wins

The only solution to problems created by the "prostitution industry" is to end it, argue opponents as we kick off a two-part debate.


Mark Heywood: 'I was pitched against the very government I had fought for'

Mia Malan

Activists litigated to force government to give HIV-positive people antiretrovirals. Mia Malan talks to Mark Heywood about the political consequences