Specialists are fleeing the under-resourced public sector – and it's about to get worse

Recession risks hitting healthcare where it counts

Experts warn state clinics and hospitals are likely to further deteriorate as the public purse shrinks.
In the Eastern Cape’s OR Tambo district

Fed-up NHI doctors say they are nothing more than glorified nurses

GPs working in the National Health Insurance’s biggest pilot site say they won't stay because of drug stock-outs, staff shortages and long queues
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.
Going one day without betanoid can be life theatening - and it's been out of stock nationwide for months.

National cancer drug shortage may last until October

Pharmaceutical companies say that delayed drug registrations by the Medicines Control Council may have played a role in stock outs.
Read how almost two decades of research backs the assertion that when people are on effective HIV treatment and have undetectable viral loads they can't pass the virus onto others.

A short history of the big discovery that redefined safe sex for HIV-positive people

How science discovered that ARVs can bring the levels of HIV in the blood to levels so low it’s virtually undetectable – and impossible to transmit.
Dragging its feet: South Africa aimed to medically circumcise more than four-million men by 2016. It had reached only about half as many men by 2015.

Wonder where SA’s medically circumcised men are? Now there’s a map for that

When new technology and an old tradition meet, they could help avert more than a million new HIV infections.

Take2: Winds of change sweep SA healthcare

Professors Hoosen Coovadia and Salim Abdool Karim, two of SA's foremost HIV researchers, were recently the health department's greatest enemies.
The International Partnership for Microbicides' dapivirine vaginal ring

What if protecting yourself from HIV was as easy as using a tampon?

The HIV prevention tablet is now available in South Africa but popping a pill every day to stay HIV negative may not...
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

#LifeEsidimeni: Head of NGO tied to 23 deaths was unqualified, unlicensed

Owner of Pretoria organisation Precious Angels breaks down and dodges queries amid questions surrounding deaths.
A new report references Life Esidimeni as an example of what not to do with mental healthcare users.

Health MEC quits as patient death tally almost triples

Almost 100 Gauteng mental health patients died after MEC Qedani Mahlangu's disastrous decision, the health ombud has found.

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.
Nearly a third of South African children are not vaccinated

Anti-vaxxers alive in South Africa; risking children’s lives

Western anti-immunisation movements have taken root in local communities resulting in some parents refusing to vaccinate their children.
Bhekisisa health reporter Pontsho Pilane was also named Vodacom Young Journalist of the Year in 2016

Bhekisisa journalists score big at Vodacom awards

Bhekisisa staff scoop regional awards aimed at recognising feature writing and burgeoning young talent within the field
Within days of taking office

Will quackery guide Trump’s global health policy?

The US remains one of the leading funders of global health but will this change on president-elect Donald Trump’s watch?
Washable pads could be a simple solution to maintain women's dignity - and keep them in the classroom

#AIDS2016: Protesters disrupt conference demanding free condoms in schools

Over a dozen young people have backed a declaration delivered to the health minister calling for free condoms and sanitary pads in school