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The new Dr Harry Surtie Hospital in Upington has only been servicing the west of the Northern Cape since November

Dr Harry Surtie Hospital: Double-edged sword of technology

If the new Dr Harry Surtie Hospital has all the latest tech, why are patients complaining?
A new online tool lets you calculate your chances of falling pregnant via IVF.

Depression during pregnancy may leave kids with a legacy of developmental problems

Mothers battling depression may need help forming the early crucial bonds that will affect children's relationships throughout their lives.

As if HIV treatment never happened and time stood still

In SA, HIV infection is no longer a death sentence but in countries like the Democratic Republic Congo, it's as if treatment never happened.
Only 19 of the Eastern Cape’s working ambulances have 4x4 capabilities.

Rural Eastern Cape ‘critically under-resourced’

Patients in the Eastern Cape's rural areas could wait up to 29 hours for an ambulance, according to an SAHRC report released on Thursday.
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Women shun clinics over HIV tests

Pregnant women have spoken out about nurses forcing them to undergo testing without their informed consent.
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Angola’s yellow fever outbreak: Vaccines desperately needed

Only six out of ten Angolan children have been vaccinated against yellow fever.
In a pilot project in Khayelitsha

Treatment of drug-resistant TB at clinics a success

A Medecins Sans Frontieres project in Cape Town finds that sick people prefer being treated at facilities closer to home rather than in hospitals.
Families hold a vigil for Life Esidimeni patients. They may have warmed to Gauteng Premier David Makhura during the arbitration and meetings ahead of the proceedings

#LifeEsidimeni: What will the Gauteng government be forced to pay?

The families of the nearly 150 mental health patients who died in the Life Esidimeni tragedy will know today how much they will be compensated.
About 1 000 health activists

TAC brings charges of corruption against Malakoane

Health activist group TAC takes Benny Malakoane and others to court for allegedly giving a dying woman's hospital bed to an ANC official.
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.
The Auditor General’s report to Parliament

Council for medical schemes contravened treasury regulations – AG

The AG's report has found that the Council for Medical Schemes failed to comply with laws governing the financial management of public entities.
More women than men get tested. According to Sanac this may be because women go for a test when they fall pregnant.

World Aids Day: Less than half of infected people know

Although 65% of South Africans reportedly have been tested for HIV at least once, annual testing figures are much lower.

‘It’s not a feminine thing. It’s a family thing’: How men can boost contraception...

There are more unplanned pregnancies in countries where men hold more power in society, likely because women don’t have a say in how many children they have. The opposite is true when men support their partner’s use of contraception.

Go inside SA’s biggest hospital during a national strike

Bhekisisa health reporter Jesse Copelyn is inside Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, where nurses have downed tools as part of a national strike – the third labour action for 2022.

HPCSA ignores recommendations of ministerial task team

The "dysfunctional" Health Professions Council of South Africa will not act immediately on recommendations made by Aaron Motsoaledi's task team.

Five ways to host a webinar that works during COVID-19

Bhekisisa just wrapped up its first online event, which was presented in partnership with the South African Health Technologies Advocacy Coalition. Here are a few things we learned along the way about reaching our readers during the coronavirus lockdown.