The doctor that once defended Mbeki

Shot-caller, calculated, master of survival. SA, meet your new health minister.

Will Ramaphosa’s new health minister wield enough power to bring recalcitrant MECs to heel?
The man is the second patient to be found dead in a public hospital ceiling in the last three years.

How did an otherwise healthy man with a broken leg end up dead in...

The bizarre case from Durban is at least the second such case nationally in the last three years.
Most medical aids won't cover a new

Pregnant? Not on medical aid? You might be footing the bill to bring home...

Women may be paying the price for decades’ old concessions to the medical aid industry.
Former head of the Gauteng department of health Barney Selebano

Whatever happened to the doctors & nurses involved in the #LifeEsidimeni tragedy?

These health workers presided over one of the deadliest tragedies since the dawn of democracy. Find out why they can still practice.
The panel found UNAids secretariat staff frequently spoke of the patriarchal style of leadership  and the perception that senior management staff formed a ‘boys club.’

‘Boys club’ culture at UNAids allowed for sexual harassment and bullying – report

The investigation of an independent panel recommends reviewing whether UNAids executive director Michel Sidibé should continue in his role.
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.
National Treasury has argued that removing medical aid tax credits would hurt low income earners.

ANC looks to axe medical aid tax credits, expand National Health Insurance

The ruling party says it’s time to get serious about funding and rolling out South Africa's universal access to healthcare plan.
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.
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.
A participant of the HVTN 702 HIV vaccine trial receives her first dose ahead of the public launch of the vaccine in 2016.

Should everyone be getting the HIV prevention pill as part of clinical research trials?

Only some study participants have access to the tablet that can cut the risk of HIV infection by more than 90%.
The Discovery Health Journalism Awards were one of the most competitive yet

Bhekisisa, M&G journalists nab top honours at health awards

Reporters lauded for their work on prison conditions, refugees’ access to health and SA’s road to a sugar tax.
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.
The basic education department's new strategy could finally align policy and the law

Condoms at school? Yes, says a new education policy

Parents and staff can no longer keep contraception out of schools in the case of children 12 years and older.
Come hang out and report with us as part of these two paid internships.

Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism: Come intern with us

Are you a final year journalism student? Then come intern with us.
Oncologists aren't the only thing in short supply. Doctors also complain of facilities with a dearth of gloves

Fears as Durban loses last state cancer specialist

Only two state cancer specialists remain in the province of more than 10-million people.
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.