News and analysis


Contraceptive policy overhauled

A new look at family planning, especially among teens in South Africa, is on the cards.
Mammography is still the gold standard of breast screening.

Double mastectomy – a drastic measure

A preventative mastectomy might save your life if you are at high risk but it does not provide 100% protection from developing breast cancer.
Arming girls: The HPV vaccine is up to 90% effective against the two most common cancer-causing strains

Life saving cancer vaccine will be difficult to implement

While HPV vaccines will save lives, target schoolgirls will be hard to reach.
Assault on rights: Litigants say the Act directly contradicts the Children's Act

Sexual Offences Act taken to task

In a case before the ConCourt, critics say consensual teen sex has been criminalised.
Bhekisisa director Mia Malan speaks on The Science Inside show about ARV shortages on Voice of Wits radio station.

ARV plan bounces back

The hunt is on for a new private sector partner with the expertise to set up a drug-making plan.
Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market

Want food security? Stop the rot

Malnutrition is killing South Africa's children, yet half of the country's fresh produce is wasted.
There have been a? litany of complaints against Allick Msebe Dube

Shadowy past dogs Limpopo hospital chief

Records show that Musina hospital boss Allick Dube was suspended for negligence in Tennessee.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

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.
The executive director of the National Institute of Communicable Diseases

Jabs deplete vaccine budget but dramatically cut child mortality

Prevenar and Rotarix have emptied paediatric wards but the coverage is still too low.
The new woman's condom is thinner and softer than the original female condom and its rounded cap makes it easier to insert.

China comes to Africa’s medical aid

Hopes are high that the new partnership will ensure easy, cheaper access to vaccines and medicine.

Sub-Saharan Africa ranks lowest for mothers

Having a baby in sub-Saharan Africa is riskier than anywhere else according to the latest State of the World's Mothers report.
Dr Meshack Mbokota at his private practice in Pretoria. GPs won't be able to work for the NHI from their surgeries.

NHI pioneers new payment system

In the first of a two-part series about the NHI, Mia Malan reports on state plans to change the rigid reimbursement formula for private doctors.

Winning missive on health centre’s role

We have a winner from last week's letter competition.
South African doctors are giving antibiotics to healthy patients

Impoverished patients benefit from rejected drug patent

After a seven-year battle, India's government has successfully defended its right to reject drug patents if a medicine doesn't deserve one.
Simple solution: A fixed-dose combination ARV pill should make distribution and patient compliance easier.

State consolidates HIV treatment

New medicine combines ARVs into one pill, making them easier to supply.
Bhekisisa bagged five awards at the Discovery Health Journalism Awards on Wednesday night. From left: Amy Green, Mia Malan and Ina Skosana

Health matters: Let’s Bhekisisa it

The M&G's new health journalism centre is ready to make its mark, scrutinise and inform.