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A family working in Malawi’s tobacco fields.

Big Tobacco faces landmark legal case over poverty wages

Lawyers argue that while farming families toil over backbreaking work in desperate poverty, British American Tobacco is reaping the rewards.
A pregnant woman sits on a hospital bed.

Headaches, heartaches & pregnancy: Could this stem preeclampsia’s deadly tide?

This silent killer stalks expecting mothers around the world and is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality in South...
In El HaLev’s trauma-informed self-defense classes, women practice fighting against “padded assailants.” The training is “part of a comprehensive effort to prevent sexual assault and other acts of interpersonal violence and boundary violations,” according to El HaLev’s website. (Din Aharoni / El HaLev)

Could self-defence classes help rape survivors overcome PTSD?

When class is in session, would-be "attackers" lunge at women in mock muggings. For survivors, classes can be triggering... but that...

New deal slashes price of drug to prevent TB by almost 70% ahead of...

Health department says new shorter treatment to prevent killer disease will be available from next year.

Bugs, borers & heatwaves: Life and mental health in a hotter Joburg

Joburg may have avoided a total “treepocolypse”, but the city is continuing to battle the invasive beetle killing off its trees....
Is South Africa ready for the next big thing in HIV treatment? (Brodie Visser, Burst)

[Bhekisisa presents] #HerChoice: Contraception in the new era of HIV treatment

Unlocking this ARV’s full potential depends on women. And choice. Are we ready?

Fanon, Freire, Thiong’o: Your global health summer reading list

It’s official, summer is here and December is just around the corner — a time to kick back, relax, see family...
Scientists say the current tests designed to detect even very low levels of HIV present in the body are simply not sensitive enough.

The health department responds to Bhekisisa’s HIV testing article: ‘Services are adequate’

Earlier this month we published some of the damning results from a leaked report on the state of HIV testing in...

[WATCH LIVE] Bhekisisa editor-in-chief talks donor-funded journalism at Oxford University

Watch as Mia Malan presents a public lecture entitled, "Healing words: Innovations in health reporting" at the world-renowned Reuters Institute for...

Dancing with the devil: UCT stubs out tobacco-funded unit

Can Tobacco money can ever be washed clean? Most researchers at the University of Cape Town say no.

Life on a hotter earth: Depression, drought & decolonising mental health

As the climate crisis worsens, arid parts of South Africa are expected to get even hotter and even more water-scarce. In...
Rustenburg MSF driver Lebogang Seketema

Have wheels, will travel: The all-male crews who are taking on sexual violence one...

Floods, fires and war — for decades, first responders have been using this mental health hack to help people after disasters...

Help us gauge the quality of NHI consultations — freely & anonymously

Compass: Charting a course to the NHI Have something to say about the National Health Insurance? Take...

Expired materials and fly away tents: What researchers found when they looked at HIV...

South Africa loves to boast that we run the world’s largest HIV treatment programme. But when treatment starts with a test,...

Of anti-corruption forums and commissions: Is a new Rx for better healthcare on its...

The three C’s: Collusion, competition and corruption. There’ll be a renewed push to safeguard your money when it comes to healthcare,...

South Africa delays rollout of new blockbuster HIV drug

Stocks of the new treatment are already on the shelves of some clinics — but lingering concerns over a possible low...