Social workers should actively be reaching out to families receiving the child grant to help link families to other social welfare services

Working too hard: Social grants stretched thin within a failing system

The country’s child grant is failing to deliver social justice because it is doing more than what it is meant to do, says research.
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Do 1 in 5 Nigerian adults really live with long-term depression?

Why the World Bank may have peddled some dodgy facts about this mental health condition.

National Health Insurance: Is this medical aid paving the way to a new era...

The country’s largest closed medical scheme slashed costs of care by 12%. Here’s how they did it. 
Julius Malema's recent weight loss should be praised and not ridiculed.

The Mail & Guardian apologises: Our Malema tweets were misleading and offensive

Tweets shouldn't fuel HIV-related stigma. The Mail and Guardian's tweets did. Here's why.
Nurse Pushing Wheelchair

At least half of Gauteng’s hospitals are without their top managers

Two CEOs are still under investigations months after a spate of infant deaths and a high-level probe by the Office of...
The cholera outbreak in South Sudan is being fed by conflict and rainy weather

​Rains and conflict will make bids to control South Sudan’s cholera outbreak harder

Violence has contributed to the epidemic; aid agencies can't travel freely and are removing nonessential staff.
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Vimba! Bhekisisa app helps Diepsloot women and children access help when raped

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Bhekisisa is launching a free gender-based violence helpline in Diepsloot
Damage to the Ebola treatment centre in Katwa in February

Conflict and insecurity driving spread of diseases like Ebola, WHO chief warns

Deadly outbreak is ‘global wake-up call’, WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says. The head...
As multiple drug suppliers are failing to keep up with demand

South Africa faces paediatric cancer drug shortage as suppliers fail to meet demand

Stock-outs may be a blow to children already fighting for survival.
But could legalising South Africans' right to die put society's most vulnerable in harm's way?

Denying the right to die may be state-sanctioned torture, legal body says

As the country’s landmark euthanasia case heads to the appeal court, lawyers argue that keeping the practice illegal could violate the Bill of Rights
Find out what Deputy President David Mabuza said in his keynote at the Presidential Health Summit.

Mabuza: ‘The NHI must not negate private health schemes for those who desire them’

Read what Deputy President David Mabuza had to say about primary health care and the NHI in his Presidential Health Summit speech.
National Treasury has argued that removing medical aid tax credits would hurt low income earners.

ANC looks to axe medical aid tax credits, expand National Health Insurance

The ruling party says it’s time to get serious about funding and rolling out South Africa's universal access to healthcare plan.
ALEXANDRA, SOUTH AFRICA ñ MAY 22: The crime scene where a metro police officer was shot on May 22, 2013 in Alexandra, South Africa. A metro police officer was shot and wounded by armed men in Alexandra yesterday. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Bafana Mahlangu)

Syndicates and devious health professionals may target National Health Insurance

Criminal networks are targeting your medical aid rands but could you be part of the problem too?
Injecting drug users need access to safe needle exchanges and opiate substitution programmes.

How Africa’s addicts are being helped to stay HIV-free

Those who 'shoot up' have a higher risk of getting infected, but some progressive nations are encouraging drug users to adopt safer habits.
The WHO says that polio could be eradicated in the next 12 months.

Polio cases could be wiped out within 12 months, says World Health Organisation

With just nine cases of the virus so far this year – in Pakistan and Afghanistan – the WHO is confident the battle against polio is nearly won.
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?