Zweli Mkhize GCIS

Watch: Health Minister Zweli Mkhize updates journalists on South Africa’s first case of the...

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has closed the Cowan House Preparatory School in Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal through the weekend after a...
Going one day without betanoid can be life theatening - and it's been out of stock nationwide for months.

National cancer drug shortage may last until October

Pharmaceutical companies say that delayed drug registrations by the Medicines Control Council may have played a role in stock outs.
Lesotho netcare hospital

Why one hospital takes up almost 30% of this country’s entire health budget

Today, the country’s only specialist hospital run as part of a public-private partnership takes up almost a third of the nation’s...

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. 
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
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.
Diabetes is on the increase worldwide.

Diet and lack of exercise main reasons for dramatic rise in diabetes

The first World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Diabetes report says that diabetes has increased globally, and the disease claims more lives yearly.
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.
Abortion rates in developed countries are decreasing but not in the developing world.

More married women than singles have abortions

Nearly 90% of terminations of pregnancies are performed in developing countries such as South Africa and Nigeria.
Ace Magashule kept Benny Malakoane on as health MEC for two years despite outcries from activists

Three things we exposed about the Free State under Ace Magashule’s watch

Magashule finally shuffled controversial health MEC Benny Malakoane sideways in his provincial cabinet in 2016 but not before we uncovered this.
Does going for "the snip" lead to risk disinhibition in men?

Do medically circumcised men take more risks in the bedroom?

New research may have finally answered an old question.
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

‘One-stop’ government centres face loss of important psychological help as international funding dries up
Could birth control injections come out of the clinic and into homes? A new study could pave the way for easier

Women can now inject themselves with ‘the shot’ at home

Could do-it-yourself birth control injections take off in South Africa?

#LifeEsidimeni: Head of NGO tied to 23 deaths was unqualified, unlicensed

Owner of Pretoria organisation Precious Angels breaks down and dodges queries amid questions surrounding deaths.
These fraud allegations come hot on the heels of a review of Amnesty’s workplace culture which warned of widespread bullying and nepotism.

Amnesty International Zimbabwe closes amid allegations of fraud

Police are investigating suspected misconduct involving millions of dollars of funds from donors.
#LifeEsidimeni: 'There may still be uncounted bodies in state mortuaries'

The real reason why Gauteng doesn’t want to pay up for #LifeEsidimeni

‘Families should be compensated for trauma, but not for what the deceased went through’, says state advocate.