Fewer pregnant women in South Africa die during pregnancy and giving birth or soon thereafter compared with 2009 – but the country’s maternal mortality ratio needs to be cut in half by 2030 if it wants to meet United Nations goals.

Giving birth has become less dangerous in South Africa

But will the country be able to half its maternal mortality ratio by 2030 - in time to achieve its sustainable development goal? South Africa...
Former Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu and colleagues may be criminally charged for the Life Esidimeni deaths.

#LifeEsidimeni: In six weeks we’ll know if Qedani Mahlangu will be prosecuted

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After being awarded damages, distraught families want more: the former Gauteng Health MEC must face criminal charges.
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

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Almost 100 Gauteng mental health patients died after MEC Qedani Mahlangu's disastrous decision, the health ombud has found.
Expired antiretrovirals were allegedly sold at more than 4 000% mark up.

Exposed: Southern African trio ‘sold expired ARVs’ in Europe at a 4 000% markup

Life-saving HIV drugs were allegedly diverted from Africa's public health system to sell in Europe.
public transport Rea Vaya

No water, no room: Containing an outbreak in South Africa

Almost half of South Africans don’t have running water in their homes. Here’s why it’s time to ask them how to control the country’s surge...
Ace Magashule kept Benny Malakoane on as health MEC for two years despite outcries from activists

Three things we exposed about the Free State under Ace Magashule’s watch

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Magashule finally shuffled controversial health MEC Benny Malakoane sideways in his provincial cabinet in 2016 but not before we uncovered this.
A high level UN meeting in Johannesburg will look at the current focus on pharmaceutical sales and the lack of production of health technologies for diseases that do not impact countries with major pharmaceutical capabilities.

UN panel investigates access to medicine

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As part of a global dialogue, a UN panel is meeting in Johannesburg to discuss proposals that aim to help prevent millions of unnecessary deaths.
Research shows that texting and driving could cost you your life.

Survive December on SA’s roads with these four tips

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Make sure that you and your family don't end up as statistics of this festive season.
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Nurses and doctors: ‘We are forced to reuse masks’

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Is it time to start mining… for masks? Why some doctors are getting creative to meet the growing demand for this medical equipment. Healthcare workers...

How long will you wait for a COVID vaccination appointment? We answer 7 EVDS...

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The only way to book an appointment for a COVID jab is to register on the government’s electronic vaccination system. But how does the system decide who gets vaccinated first and what happens if you missed an appointment? We asked the health department.

Dancing with the devil: UCT stubs out tobacco-funded unit

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Can Tobacco money can ever be washed clean? Most researchers at the University of Cape Town say no.

Vaccine history, part 1: What can we learn from measles?

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Measles is one of the world’s most contagious diseases. But cases almost completely disappeared through mass vaccination campaigns. As we once again attempt to end a pandemic through vaccines, here are some lessons to take away for the roll-out of COVID jabs.
The WHO says that polio could be eradicated in the next 12 months.

Polio cases could be wiped out within 12 months, says World Health Organisation

With just nine cases of the virus so far this year – in Pakistan and Afghanistan – the WHO is confident the battle against polio is nearly won.

Government bans ‘unsafe’ baby bottles

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A controversial plastic additive is said to affect foetuses and increase the risk of breast cancer.
Fikile Mbalula GCIS

‘No more parties, no more night clubs & no more taverns:’ Mbalula tells South...

Ministries including transportation public enterprises and home affairs provide details on the country's newly announced international travel ban. South Africans have been cautioned to...

COVID vaccines 101: Breaking down the good, the bad, and the promise of the...

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With hundreds of potential COVID vaccine candidates being tested around the world, here’s a quick guide to which ones you should keep an eye on — and when we could see results.