Both overweight and underweight children are considered to be malnourished.

‘Malnutrition: Toddlers are almost as often overweight as they are underweight’

A quarter of the world's overweight children live in Africa, amounting to almost the same number as wasting minors.

Will you be able to have a medical aid under the National Health Insurance...

The newly released white paper could mean the end is nigh for medical aids.
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.
Do almost half of South African men really smoke?

Should you believe the latest smoking figures from this tobacco-funded non-profit?

Claim: 49% of men and 34.1% of women in South Africa smoke tobacco. Is this true? Africa Check investigates.
Some men need to seek medical help sooner

Erectile dysfunction: What your penis is trying to tell you

Erectile dysfunction can be a sign of a more severe condition.
Domestic workers in training.

‘They see us as slaves’: Domestic helpers head for the Gulf despite their fears...

The Kenyan government has introduced reforms to make domestic work safer in a region notorious for labour trafficking. But will the changes...
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.

Did Trump just hijack the world’s first UN declaration on universal healthcare?

Compass: Charting a course to the NHI On Monday, world leaders will sign a UN declaration that...

Fanon, Freire, Thiong’o: Your global health summer reading list

It’s official, summer is here and December is just around the corner — a time to kick back, relax, see family...

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.
Sexual violence is rife in Khayelitsha primary schools

​#AIDS2016: ‘Blessers’ are the engine behind the rapid spread of HIV in young women

'Blessers' form a crucial link in a cycle of HIV transmission that South Africa has not been able to break.
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.
Kala azar is a neglected tropical disease endemic to South Sudan.

A jab controls sandfly bite killer fever, but not in South Sudan

Early diagnosis, a simple test, vector curbs and a new medicine is effective in many areas, but South Sudan can't rely on this treatment.
Elated: ANC supporters welcome the news that higher education will be free for some but it may eat into the health budget.

What free education could cost us

Saturday’s surprise announcement could be the latest blow to the country’s bid for better healthcare.
Find out what Deputy President David Mabuza said in his keynote at the Presidential Health Summit.

Mabuza: ‘The NHI must not negate private health schemes for those who desire them’

Read what Deputy President David Mabuza had to say about primary health care and the NHI in his Presidential Health Summit speech.
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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.