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Young girls pose with boxes of Marlboro cigarettes.

New smoke signals: Is Big Tobacco using influencers to illegally punt new products?

Could companies’ wooing of social media influencers be just a clever ploy to get around the country’s tobacco advertising ban?
Doctors and nurses were held at gunpoint to stop giving patients treatment.

Hospitals close in Mpumalanga as doctors and nurses fear for their safety

Health workers in the province demand security cameras and personal panic buttons at hospitals because of crime and attacks on nurses and doctors.
A South African study may have proved to the scientific community that Depo-Provera does not fuel HIV risk. Now

Could your birth control increase your risk of HIV? Science finally has an answer.

But new science doesn't change the fact that women still have too few options when it comes to contraception.
#MeatFreeMondays: A collection of fruit, vegetables, spices and juices.

Fiber, flatulence & fortified foods: This is your body on veganism

From Badu to Beyonce: Some of your favourite celebs have toyed with it but is going vegan right for you?
The International Partnership for Microbicides' dapivirine vaginal ring

What if protecting yourself from HIV was as easy as using a tampon?

The HIV prevention tablet is now available in South Africa but popping a pill every day to stay HIV negative may not...

Could a National Health Insurance Fund be just months away?

The time for talk is over, said Zweli Mkhize in his first budget speech as health minister. But if you thought...

Five things you need to know about the new National Health Insurance Bill

Parliament released the NHI Bill this morning. Here is how healthcare in South Africa is likely to change.

Pinch, prick & go: Why protecting yourself against HIV could become as simple as...

Imagine if every young woman had the option of getting a simple implant at school that could cut her risk of...
The doctor that once defended Mbeki

Shot-caller, calculated, master of survival. SA, meet your new health minister.

Will Ramaphosa’s new health minister wield enough power to bring recalcitrant MECs to heel?

The three biggest fights looming for the National Health Insurance

Who will control the country's healthcare purse and who will be left out? Find out and read why some are likely...

The juice and injustice in your fruit: ‘I had to pick enough fruit to...

Why righting human rights abuses against migrant workers starts with recognising the intersection of gender, labour & exploitation.

Getting ready for baby: Why some couples should consider genetic counselling

For some parents, genetic counselling could help catch birth defects early enough to treat them affordably. For others, it can be...

What’s in a pill? Promise, uncertainty, rands, lives & loves … but rights? What...

In September, the country will switch to a new way of treating HIV that is expected to save the country billions...

You, the NHI and the changing face of your medical aid

South Africa’s National Health Insurance Bill was released this morning. Here’s how it will affect you.
A campaigner in Nairobi carries a coffin during a protest against the construction of a coal plant in Lamu on Kenya’s coast. (Baz Ratner, Reuters)

Kenya’s first coal plant construction paused in climate victory

Owners failed to assess environmental and community concerns, court rules, while US ambassador wades into debate in support of coal power.
The man is the second patient to be found dead in a public hospital ceiling in the last three years.

How did an otherwise healthy man with a broken leg end up dead in...

The bizarre case from Durban is at least the second such case nationally in the last three years.