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Short Form Journalism by the Bhekisisa Team

Goodness Mbatha says the Treatment Action Campaign protested about conditions at Mamelodi Hospital.

Labour contracts stall upgrades to Mamelodi Hospital

The Gauteng health department has admitted to problems at the facility, seen by the public protector.
Lifting a load: Aerobics is helping sometimes suspicious elderly people in Diepsloot to deal with mental illness in their families and community.

Gogos step up for peace of mind

Depression among the elderly is largely overlooked, but exercise can help to counter it.
Painful process: Dental assistants want to be registered - a move opposed by the South African Dental Association.

Dental work’s a kick in the teeth

Many dental assistants in private practices are paid very little and have to do menial tasks.
Caution needed: Dr Carol Benn says if a woman takes hormone replacement therapy for more than five years she risks 'fertilising' cancerous tissue in the breast.

The flush of hormonal success

Replacement therapy for menopause symptoms is considered safe – if the breast cancer risk is addressed.
Bloody business: Aborted foetuses at an illegal abortion clinic in Jo'burg.

Abortion turns into a nightmare

Personal beliefs sometimes collide with healthcare providers’ professional responsibilities.
Fight the rot: With both her feet now amputated

When hospitals don’t make the cut

Diabetic patients who aren't treated properly risk having the smallest cut lead to an amputated limb.
Mouthing off: Most medical schemes ignore the advice that if they provide adequately for oral health

Medical aids have dentists over a barrel

Dentists say the reduced rates paid out by medical schemes are putting them out of business.
Presumption of innocence: Benny Malakoane.

[From our archives] Former Free State health MEC: They call me a killer, I...

In this 2014 interview, former Free State health MEC Benny Malakoane says that detractors are still alive is proof of the good work under his watch.
The Harare Central Hospital follows a ‘demedicalised’

Cerebral palsy: ‘To take care of others, you must start with yourself’

Cerebral palsy does not only affect one person, it alters the lives of the family as well.
The favelas are served by teams of community workers

SA can learn from Brazil’s health model

The favelas are served by teams of community workers, who are the doctors' eyes and ears.
Stereotyping prevents men who sleep with other men from accessing proper treatment and prevention of HIV infection.

Double stigma leaves gay men with little hope

Stereotyping prevents men who sleep with other men from accessing proper treatment and prevention of HIV infection.
The NPA offered to drop charges against community health workers if they admitted guilt

Layoffs prove to be a bitter pill to swallow

Ill residents may suffer most after the axing of Free State community health workers.
Kgotso Molefe is successfully dealing with his bipolar disorder.

‘I won the battle to beat bipolar’

The condition is widely misunderstood but it can be treated successfully with the right medication.
The latest Bill related to the National Health Insurance

Maximum intervention prescribed

The HPCSA failed to rein in medical aid schemes — now it’s up to the Competition Commission
Widely cited statistics say South Africa trails the United States and Mexico in levels of obesity

Is obesity all in the head?

Scientists believe the brain is key to treating weight problems, and are closing in on answers.
The ANC maintains that Malakoane did an excellent job at the helm of the province's health system even after the Medicine Control Council shut down an unlawful stem cell "trial" at one of the province's hospital this week.

How a dying woman’s bed was taken by an ANC official

In the Free State, access to health services can depend on who you know, as the tragic case of one woman illustrates.