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.
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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.
PrEP: The dos and don'ts of using an HIV prevention pill safely and effectively

Women praise HIV prevention pill as research could produce a simpler injection

For those at risk, taking a pill that can stop them from getting HIV is a ‘life-changing experience’
Advocates for the partial decriminalisation of sex work overlook that the buying of sex in SA is already criminalised and this has not curbed demand

#AIDS2016: Sex workers stuck in a tug of war between science and conservatism

Is the South African Law Commission's recommendation to sentence convicted sex workers to 'diversion programmes' a latest symptom of a country torn?
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funds many HIV prevention campaigns around Africa

#AIDS2016: Five things African journalists want to know from Bill Gates

Bill Gates was at the International Aids Conference this week. He spent time with five African journalists. Here is what they wanted to know.
Expired antiretrovirals were allegedly sold at more than 4 000% mark up.

#AIDS2016: SA pays its HIV bill but faces budget gap for expanded treatment

Research predicts a substantial shortfall in HIV funding in the next five years as the country looks to put millions more people on treatment.
Bill Gates tells the International Aids Conference that we need to reduce HIV infections among teenage girls and women.

#AIDS2016: Bill Gates warns HIV among young Africans could reverse progress

The billionaire philanthropist says we need to focus on curbing infections among teenage girls and young women.
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
Patients are still forced to pay out of their own pockets for ARVs

#AIDS2016: ​HIV may be a prescribed benefit, but not all medical schemes cover ARVs

In theory medical aids fund ARVs, but in practice it's a complex process, say doctors and activists.
Free pads or free condoms? It's a false dichotomy when people with uteruses are the ones who need both.

​#AIDS2016: This common germ in your vagina makes it easier to get HIV –...

In the vagina's ecosystem, mundane bacteria matter more than you think.
Sexual violence is rife in Khayelitsha primary schools

​#AIDS2016: ‘Blessers’ are the engine behind the rapid spread of HIV in young women

'Blessers' form a crucial link in a cycle of HIV transmission that South Africa has not been able to break.