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.
Condoms are common contraceptives used to prevent pregnancies.

The five best contraceptives backed by science

The right choice of contraceptive is crucial. Science can help you to choose one that's right for you.
Children living in poverty do not receive adequate healthcare

SA’s children poor and malnourished

A new report shows that almost two-thirds of South Africa's preschoolers are not getting the health and nutrition they need.
80 out of 1000 women in Africa have unplanned pregnancies.

Women in Africa least likely to use contraception

Only one out of three married women and sexually active teenage girls on the continent use contraception.
Asylum seekers wait to apply for permits at Home Affairs in Marabastad. The Help@Hand app helps refugees and asylum seekers to access services.

Xenophobia: Refugees get an sms service to report abuse

Often sidelined outsiders can now use their cellphones to establish their rights, get answers about general issues and lodge complaints.
Nearly a third of South African children are not vaccinated

Anti-vaxxers alive in South Africa; risking children’s lives

Western anti-immunisation movements have taken root in local communities resulting in some parents refusing to vaccinate their children.
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.
The Eastern Cape has the highest reported rate of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in the world.

Pre-teen drinking in the Eastern Cape carries on to motherhood

One out of every ten Grade 1 learners in some parts of the province have been born with the consequences of their mothers' drinking during pregnancy.
The Pretoria high court has dismissed Wouter Basson's review application.

Dr Death’s high court challenge dismissed

Wouter Basson, who headed the apartheid government's secret chemical and biological warfare project, has failed in his challenge against the HPCSA.
How to prevent HIV with a pill

Twenty things you need to know about how to prevent HIV with a pill

Need to know more about PrEP? Mia Malan talks to Dr Kevin Rebe to answer your questions.
Injecting drug users need access to safe needle exchanges and opiate substitution programmes.

How Africa’s addicts are being helped to stay HIV-free

Those who 'shoot up' have a higher risk of getting infected, but some progressive nations are encouraging drug users to adopt safer habits.
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

Taking the HIV prevention pill is about recognising your risk

Selected state clinics will soon provide a pill that can prevent HIV infection to people at high risk of contracting the virus.
Cyberbullying is on the increase in Gauteng.

Alarming jump in cyberbullying at Gauteng schools

The majority of incidents took place on social networks but there were also a high number of cases that involved text messages.
The WHO says that polio could be eradicated in the next 12 months.

Polio cases could be wiped out within 12 months, says World Health Organisation

With just nine cases of the virus so far this year – in Pakistan and Afghanistan – the WHO is confident the battle against polio is nearly won.
Diabetes is on the increase worldwide.

Diet and lack of exercise main reasons for dramatic rise in diabetes

The first World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Diabetes report says that diabetes has increased globally, and the disease claims more lives yearly.
Angola desperately needs vaccines for yellow fever.

Yellow fever vaccines diverted to help stem Angolan epidemic

The World Health Organisation says more than 200 people have died there since January and that there is a need to ramp up production of vaccines.