Global response to dual epidemic of TB, diabetes too slow
New research has bad news for millions of South Africans with high blood sugar: they are three times more likely to develop active tuberculosis.
Obstacles persist for safe, legal termination
The World Health Organisation estimates that one in five pregnancies globally end in induced abortion.
Latent TB – the invisible killer
Compromising hopes of containing the disease, latent TB remains dormant for life for most people.
Rise in number of Ebola orphans
Restrictions hit the movement of a million or more Sierra Leone citizens living in five districts worst affected by the disease.
Health professionals smacked on the wrist
Patient Jasper Hoon is critical about the low maximum sanction the council can administer on doctors who provide insufficient care.
Motsoaledi reveals ‘progressive’ HIV treatment plans
New treatment schedules for pregnant women and other patients are set to bring South Africa in line with the World Health Organisation’s guidelines.
Workers’ warning – slouching can reduce mental performance
Learning how to sit properly and taking "microbreaks" is vital when it comes to avoiding muscular imbalances.
High court ordered to hear Down’s case
A court has ruled that a mother, representing her child, can now apply to claim damages for alleged negligent prenatal misdiagnosis of her child.
Ebola: SA bans travel to and from high risk countries
The government has banned travel between South Africa and 'high risk' countries to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus to the country.
HIV treatment needs a shift in thinking – researchers
Experts say more focus on early treatment rather than waiting for CD4 counts will dramatically reduce viral replication and new infections.
Motsoaledi spotlights Bhekisisa in health budget speech
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has highlighted the coverage of the M&G's new health journalism centre, Bhekisisa, in his budget vote speech.
This president is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to...
Mali joins the ranks of countries such as Sierra Leone, South Africa & Burkina Faso to provide free healthcare to moms and tots.
These six countries are likely to go to war for water in 2020
A new tool developed by scientists may be able to predict the countries most likely to see conflict sparked by water scarcity.
Will Ramaphosa announce an end to South Africa’s national alcohol ban today?
If South Africa lifts its national alcohol ban, it could result in an additional 5 000 trauma admissions each week, warn experts in a new, unpublished study seen by Bhekisisa.
For children, COVID-19 quarantine may be ‘an absolute nightmare’
Home is where the heart is — it’s also important to young children’s sense of identity — but what happens when a state quarantine facility has to become their home away from home?
Put a label on it — or not. How to get South Africans to...
Europe tried putting clearer labels on food to get people eating healthier. But the same approach won’t work in South Africa. Here’s how to get people away from processed food and find healthier, affordable alternatives.