Pregnant women must be careful of caffeine

Pregnant? Five things to think twice about before taking

Seemingly safe substances like aspirin could harm your unborn baby.
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
Trumped: The US takes its controversial stances over abortion to the United Nations. (Shealah Craighead)

SA US face-off over the world’s first declaration on universal healthcare

The US takes its controversial stances over abortion to the United Nations (Photo: Shealah Craighead)
Several studies have found that school feeding schemes increase children’s health and their attendance at school.

School feeding schemes help to grow young minds

Studies show that feeding programmes at schools not only reduce stunting, but also combat obesity and lead to increased enrolment in schools.
Elated: ANC supporters welcome the news that higher education will be free for some but it may eat into the health budget.

What free education could cost us

Saturday’s surprise announcement could be the latest blow to the country’s bid for better healthcare.

London school refuses to confirm former health MEC Qedani Mahlangu is a student

Eleven Gauteng health employees were singled out for censure. Now, only two have been suspended and garnered an alleged R1.3-million in wages.
More needs to be done to stop abuse against children.

Childhood in SA is a hard-knock life

Police are inadequately trained and social services too poorly resourced to deal with all of the reported cases of child abuse.
Preliminary results of an OECD study comparing private hospital prices in South Africa with those of countries like Germany and France found South African facilities were the least affordable.

‘Most citizens are poor so private hospitals seem costly – they are not’

Association argues statistics skew the view of private hospital costs after international study questions facilities' affordability.
The conflict between Boko Haram and Nigerian government forces has displaced 2.6 million people.

Tens of thousands of children may starve to death in Boko Haram-affected areas

The conflict has left health services and agriculture in shambles. Unicef says it has just 13% of the money it needs to stave off deaths.
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?
#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?
A new study by Doctors Without Borders

In Marikana’s shadow: One in four women in Rustenburg has been raped, says study

As South Africa marks the anniversary of the massacre, a new study reveals how women’s bodies are a battleground in the country’s platinum belt

Did Trump just hijack the world’s first UN declaration on universal healthcare?

Compass: Charting a course to the NHI On Monday, world leaders will sign a UN declaration that...
I didn't want her problems. Jane Mahlangu* says watching her HIV-positive friend struggle with raising an HIV-positive child inspired her to take part in a clinical trial that may be the world's best hope for an HIV vaccine.

Why I signed up for an HIV vaccine trial

Jane Mahlangu is set to become one of the first 100 people in South Africa to receive an experimental jab that could prevent HIV - and make history
The department of social development has long relied on international donors to pay for the counselling rape survivors need. Is it time for SA to finally foot the bill?

Bathabile Dlamini & the case of SA’s disappearing rape crisis services

Under Dlamini's time as minister of social development, centres lost funding for counselling services. Now, no one can say what the future holds.
Washable pads could be a simple solution to maintain women's dignity - and keep them in the classroom

#AIDS2016: Protesters disrupt conference demanding free condoms in schools

Over a dozen young people have backed a declaration delivered to the health minister calling for free condoms and sanitary pads in school