These six countries are likely to go to war for water in 2020

Tension over water scarcity is increasing across the globe. A new system flags up where this threatens to erupt into violence. Researchers from six organisations...
Community COVID19 testing in Alexandra Gauteng

Expect COVID-19 outbreaks after the end of lockdown

It’s a new normal, warn South Africa’s leading coronavirus scientists. And schools and workplaces won’t be exempt from seeing sporadic outbreaks of the new...
Pontsho Pilane and Lisa Steyn

Mail & Guardian, ​Bhekisisa journalists win Vodacom journalism awards

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Bhekisisa reporter Pontsho Pilane and M&G financial reporter Lisa Steyn nab top prizes at national journalism awards

Cash for COVID: Why this controversial trial is asking people to voluntarily get infected

People who participate in a challenge trial volunteer to get sick in order to help scientists learn more about a disease. These studies have been used for diseases like cholera and malaria — and now for COVID-19.
The Council for Medical Schemes estimates that fraud

#Budget2018: Cuts to medical aid tax credits begin

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba didn’t cut state subsidies for private medical aid members outright but your pocket may still feel the pinch
A bridge too far: Patients travel to Standerton from as far away as 30km away to visit the government clinic there.

Mpumalanga’s health is failing – but it won’t take its medicine

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Poor management and leadership instability lead to R2-billion in irregular expenditure.

How South Africa’s COVID vaccine injury fund will work

In the rare event that you experience a severe side-effect as a result of COVID-19 vaccines, this fund will pay you out.
A 12-month course of Herceptin costs R151 520 in South Africa because of patent protection

‘I think I’m going to die,’ SA patient desperate for cancer drug tells UN

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A desperate South African breast cancer patient pleaded with the United Nations (UN) on Thursday to help her access a drug that can save her life.
The 2016 World Aids Day special report focuses on what it will take to reach the 90-90-90 targets to end the Aids epidemic by 2030.

Could South Africa’s next HIV plan call for the decriminalisation of drug use?

Almost 300 000 South Africans will contract HIV this year. The country may be targeting a crucial five-year window to stem the tide of new infections.
Pneumonia kills more than 1.3-million children a year. But with this vaccine two out of every three children under five are immunised against pneumonia.

Is your child vaccinated against measles? Here’s why they might need a booster shot

Even if your child has been vaccinated, booster shots provide an extra layer of protection.

Tortoise and the hare: Why a COVID vaccine is outrunning its HIV counterpart

Four COVID jabs’ efficacy results have been released within less than a year after the trials had started. But this is far from the norm. Researchers have been working on HIV vaccines for over three decades — and we still don’t have one. Here’s why.
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

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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.
Thuthuzela Care Centres will stay open but will cut or reduce counselling services

Almost half of centres for rape survivors may lose funding for counselling services

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‘One-stop’ government centres face loss of important psychological help as international funding dries up
“[The female officer]  was going to teach all the 'prostitutes' a lesson. The male police officers grabbed those ladies so the lady could force the [used] condoms into each lady’s mouth

One in three sex workers surveyed report being sexually abused by police

Sex workers tell of being tortured, including being beaten with sjamboks.
Former Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu and colleagues may be criminally charged for the Life Esidimeni deaths.

#LifeEsidimeni: What Qedani Mahlangu’s testimony may mean for David Makhura

Accusations fly as the embattled former health MEC finally testifies at the ongoing arbitration hearings.
Life-saving HIV drugs were allegedly diverted from Southern Africa's public health system to be sold in Europe

The investigation that unravelled an international syndicate dealing in stolen ARVs

How undercover police infiltrated a criminal network that spent years hiding behind a curtain of shelf companies, Swiss bank accounts and pseudonyms.