Will South Africa's next generation of health workers find a place in the public system?

New graduates, rural areas likely to pay the price for austerity measures

Some pharmacists will be doing their community service at private pharmacies amid a shortage of posts.
Palm weevil larvae are a source of protein and iron while many Ghanaian children aged under two are anaemic.

Bugs on the menu as palm weevil protein hits the pan

Larvae may not be to everyone's taste but they could be key to easing food shortages and boosting farmers' incomes.
Fewer than 15 countries on the continent fund more than half of their national immunisation programmes.

Could six injections a year protect you from HIV infection?

A new injectable drug could change the face of HIV prevention and the revolution might start right here in South Africa.
Ericka Torres's son

Viruses, vaccines and superbugs: The biggest health stories of 2016

This year wasn’t pretty but from its ashes may rise important scientific advances that could change the course of history.
Research shows that texting and driving could cost you your life.

Survive December on SA’s roads with these four tips

Make sure that you and your family don't end up as statistics of this festive season.
A convenient truth: The promise of presents from Santa may make for better-behaved children.

Should you be keeping Santa’s secret from the kids?

Warning, this article contains sensitive details about Father Christmas. Kids, look away.
A study says primary school teachers may have an influence on how healthy their pupils are.

Teachers may be losing the battle of the bulge

A new study argues a teacher's health habits could influence pupils'choices.
Abortion rates in developed countries are decreasing but not in the developing world.

More married women than singles have abortions

Nearly 90% of terminations of pregnancies are performed in developing countries such as South Africa and Nigeria.
I didn't want her problems. Jane Mahlangu* says watching her HIV-positive friend struggle with raising an HIV-positive child inspired her to take part in a clinical trial that may be the world's best hope for an HIV vaccine.

Why I signed up for an HIV vaccine trial

Jane Mahlangu is set to become one of the first 100 people in South Africa to receive an experimental jab that could prevent HIV - and make history
Blessers are a threat to the health of young women.

Money, power & blessers are just half the story

A little extra money in young women's homes can go a long way towards protecting them from HIV infection. So can a little bit of concern.
South Africa has the world's biggest HIV response

Could do-it-yourself HIV testing take off in SA?

The World Health Organisation hopes take-home tests will increase the number of the people who know their HIV status
Of those men who had raped or beaten a woman

STUDY: 56% of surveyed Diepsloot men have raped or beaten a woman in the...

Rape and physical abuse rates more than double those reported in national studies have been recorded in Diepsloot in northern Johannesburg
Brown Lekekela's organisation

Vimba! Bhekisisa app helps Diepsloot women and children access help when raped

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Bhekisisa is launching a free gender-based violence helpline in Diepsloot
Could birth control injections come out of the clinic and into homes? A new study could pave the way for easier

Women can now inject themselves with ‘the shot’ at home

Could do-it-yourself birth control injections take off in South Africa?
A new online tool lets you calculate your chances of falling pregnant via IVF.

Trying for a baby? Find out your chances of falling pregnant

Figure out your odds of falling pregnant via in vitro fertilisation with this new online calculator
Life-saving HIV drugs were allegedly diverted from Southern Africa's public health system to be sold in Europe

The investigation that unravelled an international syndicate dealing in stolen ARVs

How undercover police infiltrated a criminal network that spent years hiding behind a curtain of shelf companies, Swiss bank accounts and pseudonyms.