The Ramadan fast can have significant health benefits for those who observe it.

Ramadan 2016: How the fast can help your health

Some research suggests that fasting not only has spiritual benefits but physical ones as well.

Bhekisisa wins top features prize at Sikuvile Journalism Awards

Four reporters, one award-winning story. Here’s how we did it. The Bhekisisa Centre for...

These health workers are more likely to die from COVID-19. Unions say not enough...

People who are over the age of 50, obese or living with diabetes or high blood pressure are more likely to...
The International Partnership for Microbicides' dapivirine vaginal ring

One step closer to protecting yourself from HIV with a vaginal ring

On Friday, July 24, the European Medicines Agency gave a positive opinion on the dapivirine vaginal ring, which was also tested in...
Could the Presidential Health Summit reveal new developments with regard to the NHI? Find out as we stream live from the meeting.

​Does SA’s private healthcare sector only provide care for 16% of the population?

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi's long-touted claim may be misleading, reports Africa Check.

For children, COVID-19 quarantine may be ‘an absolute nightmare’

Home is where the heart is — it’s also important to young children’s sense of identity — but what happens when a state quarantine facility has to become their home away from home?
Health workers were arrested and detained overnight for 12 hours after dispensing pharmacy-grade purified water to injecting drug users in central Pretoria

[EXCLUSIVE] Police arrest health workers for giving drug users clean water

The health department calls arrests 'unfortunate' after senior officials spend night trying to get workers out of cells.
More and more people are turning to social media to express their feelings when they are feeling down or depressed.

​Facebook adds a new feature to red-flag suicide bids before they are carried out

The social networking site is responding to the growing number of cries for help on its pages by including tips and links for users in distress.
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.

Will you lose your medical aid tax credits in 2018?

But if we want everyone to get quality care, something will have to give and it may not be your money, warn experts.
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
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.
Trumped: The US takes its controversial stances over abortion to the United Nations. (Shealah Craighead)

SA US face-off over the world’s first declaration on universal healthcare

The US takes its controversial stances over abortion to the United Nations (Photo: Shealah Craighead)

COVID-19 and HIV: So far it seems the outcome is not what was feared

Over seven million people are believed to be living with HIV in South Africa. When COVID-19 reached our shores, there was great concern about what it would mean for our vulnerable populations. But the country’s fatality rates have been lower than initially expected. Here’s why.
Could the Presidential Health Summit reveal new developments with regard to the NHI? Find out as we stream live from the meeting.

Motsoaledi denies shortage of posts for medical graduates

The health department says the problems with placements are overstated but experts wonder if provincial budgets are coping with rising costs.
The LAM urine test allows doctors to diagnose a seriously ill HIV patient with tuberculosis in just 25 minutes. No special laboratories or technicians are required to administer the test

Quick urine TB test a life-saver, but only in certain cases

There are fears that, because the LAM measure is easily administered, it could be used when conditions call for more detailed analysis.