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In 2016

Is racism making our children sick?

Children who experience discrimination may be more at risk of mental and physical ill-health.
“We did not identify any source of funding. We have just identified several methods of financing the NHI

NHI: Let’s talk about this revolution

Minister, please sit down with the private health sector before the NHI has us paying more but getting less, writes Dr Chris Archer.

TB: This pee test could save your life

What if diagnosing South Africa’s deadliest disease was as simple as taking a drug store pregnancy test? That day might be...
Bridging the gap: Pupils at the Emerald Hill School for the Deaf learning sign language. The majority of deaf people in Zimbabwe reportedly cannot read or write.

Hospitals introduce sign language to bridge gap between the deaf and care

Some hospitals are introducing sign language to help deaf patients.
Khayelitsha has one of the highest TB burdens globally, and health care professionals work long hours to help patients fight the deadly lung infection.

If SA wins the fight against TB, the world will benefit

South Africa lost nearly 100 000 people to TB last year – three-quarters of whom were HIV-positive. Reducing the burden will benefit the economy.
Through its branches

How many of these iconic protest posters can you recognise?

Here's the story of the Treatment Action Campaign or how a handful of people created a global movement that changed the world.
Studies suggest rheumatic heart disease affects 25 in every 1000 South Africans

Penicillin shortages as pharma companies eye newer, more lucrative drugs

Older antibiotic staples are no longer moneymakers. But as modern bugs evolve to outwit them, very few new drugs are ready to take their place.
A group of El Salvadoran mothers receive training in kangaroo mother care at a maternity hospital in San Salvador.

Infant care leaps forward with a lesson from kangaroos

A simple practice that benefits all newborns is also bringing down mortality rates.
Employees at Messina hospital strike against the actions of their clinical chief executive officer Dr Allick Dube.

Past catches up with ‘candy store’ doctor

A doctor currently on paid leave was convicted of two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the US before starting jobs in SA public hospitals.
Within days of taking office

Will quackery guide Trump’s global health policy?

The US remains one of the leading funders of global health but will this change on president-elect Donald Trump’s watch?
In a world where historically unravelling the tobacco lobby’s intentions has been a game of smoke and mirrors

Show us the data: Bhekisisa responds to #BigTobacco

Dear Tisa, you have a point but we’ve got a reason to be wary.
According to the TAC

Drug trove expiring in clinic fiasco

Rent arrears have shut a clinic's doors – just 500m from the Free State health MEC's office.
Most medical aids won't cover a new

The WHO, the drug & women’s right to choose: The story behind dolutegravir

Take a look at the newest HIV treatment set to hit South Africa's shores in 2019.

The lockdown women planning their escape from abusive homes

Cases of domestic violence tick up while shelters lose their income and scramble to get ready for the silent, second crisis...
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...
More than 10% of TB cases in Kenya occur among children

Finally, TB pills for children

Tastier kid-friendly tablets will help take the guess work out of treating Kenya's tiniest TB patients.