Life-saving medical care not available to ‘people of nothing’
Appalling conditions in Free State hospitals reveal a health care system that seems to be corrupt from top to bottom.
Raising hope: From street child to mother
Abandoned as children, women in Harare are now teaching one another to fight for their futures.
KZN cancer patients sent home with panados as treatment waiting lists grow
State cancer patients have nowhere to turn, even if their cancer is treatable.
When the sorrow doesn’t end: Could chronic grief be a medical condition?
The pain of bereavement is supposed to ease with time. When it doesn't, psychiatrists call it 'complicated grief' and it can be treated.
Does South Africa need a Human Rights Commission?
History repeats as old health emergencies emerge anew. Is the health ombud the person to lead fights the Human Rights Commission started?
This costs just cents and could prevent half-a-million children from going blind
The substance is critical in pregnancy and in the development of children; a lack of it has dire consequences.
The long walk back to yourself: How this hospital revolutionised rural rehabilitation
Bhojana Mathunywa was attacked by four men for bag of tobacco. Now, slowly but surely, this team of rural therapists is helping him recover the everyday skills he lost. (Dylan Bush, Bhekisisa)
A tale of two pandemics: Is COVID-19 repeating the mistakes of HIV’s past?
In South Africa, two outbreaks are colliding and one thing may shape the future of both.
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.
Cobras & cures: Why the world is running chronically low on snake antivenom
Each year, millions will be bitten by venomous snakes and for many, antivenom will remain painfully out of reach. Discovering why is a tale...
‘I missed a dose for the first time’: How the KZN floods derailed HIV...
The April 2022 floods in KwaZulu-Natal, left Mfundo Shezi without HIV treatment for two weeks. He had no way of getting more because the centre he frequents was closed for two weeks – and his ID book was washed away.
This is what it’s like waking up during surgery
General anaesthetic is supposed to make surgery painless. Now there’s evidence that one person in 20 may be awake when doctors think they’re under.
‘God make us strong, I beg you, keep Luphumlo alive’
Mia Malan describes the arduous trek an Eastern Cape woman had to undertake to get medical attention for her sick grandson.
Waiting to disappear: The danger of being too pale
Ikponwosa Ero went from a child who felt different to the United Nations’ first independent expert on albinism.
Gaming medicine: Virtual reality is bringing real-time relief for chronic pain
Virtual reality isn’t just for video games anymore. It’s revolutionising medicine, including the way we manage pain.
Football like you’ve never seen it: On the pitch with this blind soccer team
Blind football represents hope and belonging for Egypt's one million visually impaired.