South Africa’s healthcare system could collapse if the government does not intervene.

Medical aid board says SA has no choice but to back NHI

The industry body says the dwindling number of medical aid members means the government must act.
Former Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu and colleagues may be criminally charged for the Life Esidimeni deaths.

#LifeEsidimeni: In six weeks we’ll know if Qedani Mahlangu will be prosecuted

After being awarded damages, distraught families want more: the former Gauteng Health MEC must face criminal charges.
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.
Shortages of HIV testing kits put lives of raped survivors in danger.

Limpopo HIV testing kit shortage may put rape survivors at risk

Health department admits HIV testing kits ran low, but says kits were reshuffled between facilities and provinces to avoid stock-outs.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivers his 2016 budget speech.

NHI funding details absent from budget speech

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has not yet revealed how the government will fund its National Insurance scheme.
Retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke is leading the Life Esidimeni arbitration

#LifeEsidimeni: More than a year later, still no prosecutions

Families say many are still waiting for results of autopsies performed last year.
But could legalising South Africans' right to die put society's most vulnerable in harm's way?

Denying the right to die may be state-sanctioned torture, legal body says

As the country’s landmark euthanasia case heads to the appeal court, lawyers argue that keeping the practice illegal could violate the Bill of Rights

Doctors use a torch to do operations

"This year we've been running out of simple things, such as Panado," says one doctor.

Have provinces really paid outstanding billions to laboratory services?

The national health department says provinces have paid up but the head of lab services denies this.
Queer Nigerians' fear of being stigmatised compromises their access to health services

New research shows rising support for gay marriage ban

A new report finds that 90% of Nigerians surveyed support a controversial Act that now also stands between LGBTI communities and healthcare.
A high level UN meeting in Johannesburg will look at the current focus on pharmaceutical sales and the lack of production of health technologies for diseases that do not impact countries with major pharmaceutical capabilities.

UN panel investigates access to medicine

As part of a global dialogue, a UN panel is meeting in Johannesburg to discuss proposals that aim to help prevent millions of unnecessary deaths.

National laboratory workers strike after negotiations stall, provinces fail to pay

The nationwide industrial action is expected to last at least until Friday and could affect patients living with conditions such as cancer and HIV.
With protest action likely to continue

#WitsHungerStrike: Four tips to protect your eyes during a protest

Police often use tear gas as a method of crowd control. Here are some tips to keep safe when those tear gas canisters start flying from our archives.
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.

Dying in the line of duty

The murder of an Mpumalanga doctor on duty has exposed the lax security at public hospitals.
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