In 2016

Is racism making our children sick?

Children who experience discrimination may be more at risk of mental and physical ill-health.
The report says at least 22 executions took place in five African countries in 2016

Numbers of Africans sentenced to die soars

More than 1 000 Nigerians languish on death row.
Bhekisisa health reporter Pontsho Pilane was also named Vodacom Young Journalist of the Year in 2016

Bhekisisa journalist scoops impactAfrica award

Reporter Pontsho Pilane has been recognised for her reporting on menstruation.
Smacking your child could set in motion a cycle of abuse that spans generations

Should the government tell you how to discipline your children?

New research reveals complex relationships between harsh parenting and violence later in life for children.
Tim Noakes

Controversial banting advocate Tim Noakes found not guilty

Professor Tim Noakes was charged with giving unconventional medical advice via Twitter.
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.
How to prevent HIV with a pill

Tshwane men to get the HIV prevention pill

By June, the health department will know more about how to roll out Truvada nationally to men who have sex with men.
South Africans are disillusioned by government's lack of service delivery.

Why South Africa is sad – and getting sadder

War-torn Somalia spent more than two decades without a working Parliament, so why are Somalis happier than South Africans?
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.
Previous calls to decriminalise drug use

National HIV plan scraps calls to decriminalise drug use

Contraception may be finally coming to a secondary school near you.
Unlike other new TB drugs

SA scores new medicine worth millions – for free

A deal brokered with the health department guarantees free access but for how long?
Clinical associates such as Arthur Setlhapelo can do basic procedures

Dozens of health workers still unemployed as departments scramble for posts

Much is made of alleged shortages in doctors’ posts but clinical associates rarely gets a mention, says professional association.
Reverend Joseph Maboe's son Billy died after being transferred from Life Esidimeni. Billy had dreams of leaving hospital

#LifeEsidimeni: NGOs ‘chose patients like cattle at an auction’

The department moved people to save money and NGOs were happy to take them in for cash.
#AIDS2016 - It's a wrap: How medical and social solutions come together

Free pads: ‘KZN girls miss three days of school a month because of their...

The province is providing free sanitary pads to learners, so what's stopping a national roll-out?
A new report references Life Esidimeni as an example of what not to do with mental healthcare users.

Health MEC quits as patient death tally almost triples

Almost 100 Gauteng mental health patients died after MEC Qedani Mahlangu's disastrous decision, the health ombud has found.
Your next doctor's appointment may be on your smartphone.

Watch list: Four things that could change healthcare as we know it

Fact may be stranger than science fiction as artificial intelligence moves into consulting rooms.