Poisoned production: The lead industry is booming – it’s just moved to poorer countries
The lead industry is funding researchers and United Nations bodies to paint its toxic products in a favourable light, says this expert, despite the evidence that lead exposure harms children’s development.
‘It’s not a feminine thing. It’s a family thing’: How men can boost contraception...
There are more unplanned pregnancies in countries where men hold more power in society, likely because women don’t have a say in how many children they have. The opposite is true when men support their partner’s use of contraception.
Our 10 most-read stories of 2022
Before the festive season kicks off, take a look at Bhekisisa’s most-read stories of 2022.
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.
She had a miscarriage. Now she’s facing life in prison
Scores of women in Argentina could be facing life in prison for what health experts say are obstetric emergencies such as miscarriages.
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[Watch it again] New pills, new rules: What’s next for ARVs?
In this webinar, a panel of world-class experts discussed what South Africa's updated guidelines for how we use ARVs may look like.
Fear of the F-word: Why Somalia won’t say ‘famine’ as 7.8-million go hungry
Somalia is facing a humanitarian crisis. Many people have been displaced due to climate change-induced droughts, and conflict between the army and al-Shabaab has left many regions without food.
Blood on the floor, drips in the dark: Johannesburg is crumbling. Here’s how it...
A combination of failures by the municipal, provincial and national government left a hospital in the south of Johannesburg without water or electricity for parts of November. Find out what’s behind the chaos.
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The anti-HIV jab has been approved in SA, says Sahpra. Here’s why it will...
South Africa’s medicine regulator has registered CAB-LA, a new anti-HIV jab. But for how much will drugmaker ViiV Healthcare sell it to the government? We asked them in our TV programme, Health Beat.
4 ways to make it easy to take the HIV prevention pill
The Aurum Institute is making it easier for people to access HIV prevention medication.Their project includes a screening tool and support groups, and has already reached over 100 000 people.
If the price is right: The anti-HIV jab could be in clinics by August...
South Africa’s medicines regulator will announce a decision on the approval of a two-monthly HIV prevention jab within days. If the shot is approved, the health department could start rolling it out on a large scale within nine months — but that depends on the injection’s price.
Why these health workers are spending their lives in South Africa’s poorest villages
Rural hospitals and clinics struggle to attract or retain senior healthcare professionals. Health workers who grew up in rural towns can plug the gap as they are more likely to work at facilities in far-flung places than their urban counterparts.
Good, bad & ugly: How SA’s fight against GBV & femicide is going
Between April 2020 and September 2022, 988 women were killed by their intimate partners, police data shows. In about the same time, the government achieved just 1 in 5 of the targets in its action plan to fight gender-based violence and femicide.
What’s pleasure got to do with sex ed? This project shows it can increase...
The International Planned Parenthood Federation’s digital campaign Treasure Your Pleasure is using an evidence-based sex-positive approach to educate young Africans about safe sex.