A 12-month course of Herceptin costs R151 520 in South Africa because of patent protection

Hundreds of protestors descend on DTI’s Pretoria offices demanding access to affordable medicines

Think paying your medical aid premiums every month ensures you access to the drugs you need when you get sick? Think again.
Countries like Norway

Is the anti-sugar tax lobby taking a page from Big Tobacco’s playbook?

Major studies have established a link between a high sugar intake and coronary heart disease.
[WATCH] Why do men rape?

Government rape counselling services saved just weeks from slated closure

Additional funding has saved government's Thuthuzela Care Centres at the eleventh hour but poorly performing facilities may still close.
Would you betray your partner in crime if it meant you could avoid jail? Here's how this mentality can push up the price of medicines.

Lift the veil on drug pricing and trade agreements, the UN urges companies and...

New United Nations report calls for drug companies to spill closely held secrets and patent reforms.
Witbank police also conduct a raid on sex workers Friday

Sex workers say police destroyed HIV meds and withheld medical care after raids

Activists say police actions in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga are increasingly frequent and may be retaliation for recent civil society actions.
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When it comes to organ donation, women may be more likely to give than...

If you’re keen to save a life through donation after you die, speak now or forever hold your peace.
Want to influence policy? Here’s how to write an op-ed

Work with us: We’re offering three paid internships for final year students

​Bhekisisa, the Mail & Guardian’s Health Journalism Centre, is offering three, paid journalism internships to final year journalism students.
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.
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
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.
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
Julius Malema's recent weight loss should be praised and not ridiculed.

The Mail & Guardian apologises: Our Malema tweets were misleading and offensive

Tweets shouldn't fuel HIV-related stigma. The Mail and Guardian's tweets did. Here's why.
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 cholera outbreak in South Sudan is being fed by conflict and rainy weather

​Rains and conflict will make bids to control South Sudan’s cholera outbreak harder

Violence has contributed to the epidemic; aid agencies can't travel freely and are removing nonessential staff.
Want to influence policy? Here’s how to write an op-ed

We’re hiring! Bhekisisa is looking for a social media and content producer

If you’ve got the experience, drive and passion to use social media for change, this could be for you.
As multiple drug suppliers are failing to keep up with demand

South Africa faces paediatric cancer drug shortage as suppliers fail to meet demand

Stock-outs may be a blow to children already fighting for survival.