Seizures of illicit chloroquine skyrocket during COVID-19 outbreak — Interpol

With substandard medicines already in wide circulation, fears are growing that coronavirus could create a lethal ‘parallel crisis’.

Government bans ‘unsafe’ baby bottles

A controversial plastic additive is said to affect foetuses and increase the risk of breast cancer.
A 12-month course of Herceptin costs R151 520 in South Africa because of patent protection

‘I think I’m going to die,’ SA patient desperate for cancer drug tells UN

A desperate South African breast cancer patient pleaded with the United Nations (UN) on Thursday to help her access a drug that can save her life.
A study says primary school teachers may have an influence on how healthy their pupils are.

Teachers may be losing the battle of the bulge

A new study argues a teacher's health habits could influence pupils'choices.
private hospital

You’re paying more for private healthcare and getting less, shows Competition Commission investigation

Compass: Charting a course to the NHI A lack of competition in the sector isn't just bad...
Private sector expertise will be vital in implementing National Health Insurance successfully. Will the sector collaborate with government?

Medical aids may know their fate by 2020 under the National Health Insurance

Government and medical aids may be uncomfortable but necessary bedfellows.
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.

People living with disabilities forced into marriage and sexual violence

A new report uncovers the sad stories of Tanzanians with albinism and disabilities.
Congolese health ministry officials bearing the first batch of experimental Ebola vaccine are seen in Kinshasa

The testing ground: Could an experimental vaccine save the DRC from Ebola?

The virus’ resurgence, this time in a city of more than one-million people could set the scene for a fast-spreading disaster.
Some rape cases reported to the police took two years to get to court.

Rape and (in)justice: 340 guilty verdicts from 3952 cases

A new study shows the dreadful reality of how the criminal justice system is failing victims of this 'priority crime' in SA.
Zweli Mkhize GCIS

Watch: Health Minister Zweli Mkhize updates journalists on South Africa’s first case of the...

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has closed the Cowan House Preparatory School in Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal through the weekend after a...
#AIDS2016 - It's a wrap: How medical and social solutions come together

Free pads: ‘KZN girls miss three days of school a month because of their...

The province is providing free sanitary pads to learners, so what's stopping a national roll-out?
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.
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.
SA's move to universal healthcare won't spell the end of the private healthcare system

Have questions about the National Health Insurance? We answer them

As Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi prepares to unveil the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill today, we tell you what you need to know about.

Unions, laboratory services to hold last-minute negotiations ahead of strike

Unions say they will not accept anything less than 7.3% wage increases.