People living with disabilities forced into marriage and sexual violence

A new report uncovers the sad stories of Tanzanians with albinism and disabilities.

Family of dead Gauteng psychiatric patient given the runaround by red tape

Sizwe Hlatshwayo may be the 38th patient to die after being moved from state-funded hospital care. It took almost a month for his family to find out.
Ace Magashule kept Benny Malakoane on as health MEC for two years despite outcries from activists

Three things we exposed about the Free State under Ace Magashule’s watch

Magashule finally shuffled controversial health MEC Benny Malakoane sideways in his provincial cabinet in 2016 but not before we uncovered this.
The new tax could help government reach its target to slash high obesity rates

#Budget2017: A sugar tax can yield a R4bn sweetener for good health

Our obese nation could be slimmed down and help limit chronic diseases such heart attacks, strokes and diabetes.
The ANC maintains that Malakoane did an excellent job at the helm of the province's health system even after the Medicine Control Council shut down an unlawful stem cell "trial" at one of the province's hospital this week.

ANC denies removal of Free State health MEC has to do with fraud and...

Benny Malakoane ‘did an excellent job’ despite tales of fraud, dismissals and hospitals in crisis.
Medical students have called for not only fees to fall but the creation of a campus clinic that would provide them access to mental health services

UCT medical academics back students’ call for #FeesMustFall

Free, decolonised education is key to producing health workers conscious of social justice.
The 2016 World Aids Day special report focuses on what it will take to reach the 90-90-90 targets to end the Aids epidemic by 2030.

Could South Africa’s next HIV plan call for the decriminalisation of drug use?

Almost 300 000 South Africans will contract HIV this year. The country may be targeting a crucial five-year window to stem the tide of new infections.
What started as a bizarre press release touting a "potential HIV cure" has gone viral leading media houses all over the world to lash out over firm Zion Medical's latest claims.

South Africa is placed on alert for ‘superbug’ as drug-resistant yeast infections rise globally

Health experts warn of a potentially fatal fungal infection that is said to be spreading in hospitals.
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.

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.

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.