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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.
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.
South Africa's new HIV plan will guide the country for the next five years but the real story may not be what’s in the plan but

Has South Africa’s new HIV plan been captured?

The new strategy is the first in a decade that does not advocate for the decriminalisation of sex work.
Tshwane offers heroin users treatment to beat heroin cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

New Gauteng programme allows drug users to swap illegal highs for safer alternatives

The Tshwane initiative could help reduce drug use, drug-related crime and new HIV infections.
Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi is said to have weighed up the risks and reportedly supported a second motion of no confidence against Jacob Zuma at the ANC's recent NEC .

How to defy Zuma – and survive to tell the tale

Analysts say this minister's strong SACP connections and ANC support ensure he’s ‘too powerful politically’ for the president to fire.
A new court case could finally give survivors and law enforcement the tools they need to bring sex offenders to justice even decades after their crimes.

#FrankelCase: Constitutional court rules there’s no expiry date on sexual offenses

A court ruling has lifted the time limit on reporting sexual assault. Prior to the ruling, we asked survivors how such a ruling would impact them.
Detainees at the Lindela Repatriation Centre. Civil society organisations fear the centre's track record on health and human rights bodes poorly for asylum seeker processing centres slated for the country's borders

Rough welcome: Could South Africa’s new border detention centres turn deadly?

Experts warn that the country’s overburdened asylum system could leave people trapped at ‘processing centres’ for years.

Court case could axe a loophole letting sexual abusers off the hook for old...

Eight men and women may change the law and pave the way to justice and healing for thousands.
Pneumonia kills more than 1.3-million children a year. But with this vaccine two out of every three children under five are immunised against pneumonia.

Is your child vaccinated against measles? Here’s why they might need a booster shot

Even if your child has been vaccinated, booster shots provide an extra layer of protection.
Queer Nigerians' fear of being stigmatised compromises their access to health services

New research shows rising support for gay marriage ban

A new report finds that 90% of Nigerians surveyed support a controversial Act that now also stands between LGBTI communities and healthcare.
In 2016

Is racism making our children sick?

Children who experience discrimination may be more at risk of mental and physical ill-health.