‘Counterfeiting has dropped from an estimated 30% of the Nigerian pharma sector to less than 10% today

Would you know if the medicine you’re taking is fake?

Armed with blockchain and artificial intelligence, health workers and campaigners are battling the bogus business that kills thousands.

Government said no to alcohol sales during lockdown but said yes to the industry’s...

Industry influence and government spats stalled regulations that could have curbed harmful alcohol use in South Africa nearly a decade ago. 
Claims about South Africans’ sugar intake unlikely to be correct

Fact Check: Are South Africans the 8th highest sugar consumers in the world?

The size of South Africa's super-sized sweet tooth may be over-stated
A high level UN meeting in Johannesburg will look at the current focus on pharmaceutical sales and the lack of production of health technologies for diseases that do not impact countries with major pharmaceutical capabilities.

UN panel investigates access to medicine

As part of a global dialogue, a UN panel is meeting in Johannesburg to discuss proposals that aim to help prevent millions of unnecessary deaths.

#LifeEsidimeni: ‘The media was out to tarnish the image of the department’

Makgabo Manamela is one of three officials implicated by the health ombud in the tragedy. Here’s a snapshot of her testimony during arbitration.
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.

South Africa has thousands of potential COVID-19 quarantine hotels. But they’re empty.

Gauteng — the province with the most confirmed COVID-19 cases — is also one of the two provinces with the lowest uptake of quarantine facilities.
Bar scene Burst

Will Ramaphosa announce an end to South Africa’s national alcohol ban today?

South Africa loses about 170 citizens to alcohol-related deaths each day, research shows. (Delwyn Verasamy, M&G)
Although the scheme's white paper was released at an economically uncertain time.

Motsoaledi accused of trying to control private health prices

The director of the Free Market Foundation suggests that an inquiry into private healthcare was deceptively orchestrated by the health minister.
Clinical lead Doctor Al Story points to an x-ray showing a pair of lungs infected with TB. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

M&G joins #UnmaskStigma TB awareness campaign

The Mail & Guardian's health centre, Bhekisisa, joins the World Health Organisation in raising awareness about TB on World TB Day on March 24.

No fetus scan, no abortion. Really?

A draft bill is likely to virtually remove women’s access to safe abortions.
“[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.
Ericka Torres's son

Viruses, vaccines and superbugs: The biggest health stories of 2016

This year wasn’t pretty but from its ashes may rise important scientific advances that could change the course of history.
Private sector expertise will be vital in implementing National Health Insurance successfully. Will the sector collaborate with government?

Medical aids may know their fate by 2020 under the National Health Insurance

Government and medical aids may be uncomfortable but necessary bedfellows.
Will South Africa's next generation of health workers find a place in the public system?

New graduates, rural areas likely to pay the price for austerity measures

Some pharmacists will be doing their community service at private pharmacies amid a shortage of posts.
Because of the complexity of the malaria parasite

Innovation and technology will help to wipe out malaria

With the help of new technologies, global health organisations aim to eliminate malaria in Africa in the next 15 years.