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.
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.
The best available data shows that in 2014

Pharma funding for TB research four times less than government funding

Available data shows significantly higher investment by public and philanthropic institutions in TB research than by the pharmaceutical industry.
A study on the incidence of child sexual abuse in South Africa reveals the extent of these crimes committed against local youth.

Four things parents can do to keep their kids’ kidneys healthy

In the developed world up to 5% of patients with chronic kidney disease are children. But statistics are harder to come by in the developing world.
Blind and partially sighted children are deprived of quality education in South Africa.

‘Horrendous’ state of schools for the blind in the spotlight

Civil society bodies are meeting education officials to formulate an urgent response to the shortage of tools and teachers for the visually impaired.
Sex workers in South Africa struggle to access HIV treatment.

A long road ahead to reduce HIV among South Africa’s sex workers

More than half the female sex workers in South Africa's three largest cities are HIV positive, but less than a third are on antiretroviral treatment.
(Albert Gonzalez Farran

Angola’s yellow fever outbreak: Vaccines desperately needed

Only six out of ten Angolan children have been vaccinated against yellow fever.