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#HealthBudgetVote: How will provinces spend their money?
Health Minister Joe Phaahla will table his budget for the 2023/2024 financial year on 9 and 10 May. Get everything you need to stay on top of the developments, all in one place.
The anti-HIV injection will be made in SA: Here are 4 benefits of the...
The two-monthly HIV prevention injection, CAB-LA, will be made in South Africa, at the Indian drug company Cipla’s Benoni and Durban plants. But a start date for production hasn’t yet been announced.
By the numbers: What load shedding does to your mental health
Three in four employed people surveyed by the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) said their bosses expected them to do the same amount of work despite consistent power cuts. Many feared that continued load shedding will lead to job losses and derail attempts to turn around the country’s struggling economy. Mia Malan speaks to Sadag’s Cassey Chambers for Bhekisisa’s monthly TV programme, Health Beat.
This TB drug’s price just dropped by 80%. Meet the SA activist who helped...
Johnson & Johnson won’t be allowed to extend its patent on a life-saving TB drug in India, opening the door to cheaper generics for governments that buy the medicine from companies in that country.
[ICYMI] What Africa’s journalists should do differently in the next pandemic – Bhekisisa/Pulitzer Centre...
In collaboration with the Pulitzer Centre, Bhekisisa is hosting a webinar for African journalists on 29 March focusing on the role the media can play to increase the uptake of life-saving medicines.
The forgotten form of TB that can carry on forever
Just like with COVID, there’s a long version of TB, called post-TB lung disease. This condition can emerge even after people with TB have finished their courses of treatment.
How the health department bends the law to gag health workers – report
Follow the launch of a report of the Campaign for Free Expression that delves into the importance of freedom of speech for health workers to curb the collapse of South Africa’s public health system.
What ChatGPT won’t tell you about Tlaleng Mofokeng
Get to know sexual and reproductive rights activist and doctor Tlaleng Mofokeng with our reporter Sean Christie.
Safe, not seedy: How sex work changed after two decades of decrim in New...
In South Africa, 70% of female sex workers in a countrywide survey conducted in 2019 said they’d experienced violence from clients in the previous year. Find out how things change when sex work isn’t illegal from workers in New Zealand.
Why SA supermarkets should slash the price of these 10 foods by a fifth
The food industry will get a tax break to ease the effects of loadshedding on the cost of groceries. But there’s more that the industry can do to keep a basic basket of foods affordable, writes the head of the DG Murray Trust, David Harrison.
City planners, street vendors & spaza shops could help keep SA fed. Here’s how
Local governments back many projects where people can grow vegetables in urban areas. But researchers say that it’s not enough to curb hunger in South Africa’s growing cities.
[WATCH] How did South Africa’s illicit tobacco trade get so bad?
Independent research shows 54% of cigarettes sold in South Africa are illegal, which means the taxman is losing revenue, and the country’s anti-smoking plans are becoming less effective. Watch this to find out why.
Parents, here are 8 measles outbreak questions — answered
We answer the biggest questions surrounding the current measles outbreak and explain who is eligible to get an extra vaccination.
What’s behind the Big Tobacco job cuts? A guide to SA’s illegal tobacco trade...
British American Tobacco in South Africa says 200 of its workers will be out of a job soon, but public health researchers argue they’re using misleading figures to back the retrenchments.
A mezuzah, a Christmas wreath & rooibos with milk: Get to know this NICD...
Anne von Gottberg and Cheryl Cohen are two of South Africa’s foremost scientists. We’ve got them and their colleagues to thank for the country’s world class surveillance of SARS-CoV-2. But this powerful duo are also experts on how to bridge divides — and married.
HIV treatment in SA is changing. Here are 7 things you need to know
The HIV drug dolutegravir is the star of new treatment guidelines from the government and the Southern African HIV Clinicians’ Society. From 2023, the medicine will be the go-to drug in all treatment plans — for infants, children and pregnant women.