Hearts

Hearts: R1.5 million. Kidneys: R3.5 million. Can you really buy organs in Cape Town?

Why languish in illness when the poor could be used to help you live long and prosper? A dubious advertisement recently advocated.
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 juice and injustice in your fruit: ‘I had to pick enough fruit to...

Why righting human rights abuses against migrant workers starts with recognising the intersection of gender, labour & exploitation.
Activists continue to fight to lower the price of drug patents.

Activists lead fight for the right to cheaper drugs

There is a big move afoot to alert SADC members to the concessions on intellectual property rights that they can take advantage of.
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.
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.
Transparency International

Transparency International staff complain of bullying and harassment

Corruption watchdog accused of promoting ‘toxic’ workplace culture that silenced critical voices. Anti-corruption...
After a fake news story spreading myths about medical male circumcision went viral

Fake news alert: Medical male circumcision not linked to penile cancer

Africa Check debunks a bogus news story spreading myths about medical male circumcision after Bhekisisa sounds the alarm.
Could the Presidential Health Summit reveal new developments with regard to the NHI? Find out as we stream live from the meeting.

HPCSA axes top officials

The HPCSA has parted ways with its CEO, COO and head of legal services in light of damning findings by a ministerial task team.
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.
A study on the incidence of child sexual abuse in South Africa reveals the extent of these crimes committed against local youth.

Four frightening facts about child sexual abuse in South Africa

South Africa's first national study on the incidence of child sexual abuse reports on the extent of crimes committed against local youth.
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
Is vaping a good alternative to smoking?

It makes cents: Smokers who quit have good reason to switch to vaping

Many smokers find quitting impossible, but vaping can reduce tobacco-related harm.
A participant of the HVTN 702 HIV vaccine trial receives her first dose ahead of the public launch of the vaccine in 2016.

Should everyone be getting the HIV prevention pill as part of clinical research trials?

Only some study participants have access to the tablet that can cut the risk of HIV infection by more than 90%.
Young girls pose with boxes of Marlboro cigarettes.

New smoke signals: Is Big Tobacco using influencers to illegally punt new products?

Could companies’ wooing of social media influencers be just a clever ploy to get around the country’s tobacco advertising ban?
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