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Ikhaya Loxolo

Officials galvanised by isolated haven’s cry

The report about Ikhaya Loxolo, a home for the mentally disabled in the Eastern Cape, has sparked a dramatic response from government officials.
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.
The high court hearing of aparthied-era biological project head Wouter Basson has been postponed.

Analysis: Tempers flare at Dr Death hearing

A move to ban Wouter Basson from medicine has been met with a tongue-lashing from his lawyer.
People with chronic diseases are overwhelmed by 'feelings of worthlessness

Depression on the rise among SA’s chronically ill

Infectious diseases such as HIV and, increasingly, non-communicable illnesses like diabetes are resulting in more cases of chronic depression.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

Minister wants to stop patient rip-offs

Mia Malan speaks to the health minister and others in the healthcare sector about the guideline tariffs.

Contraceptive policy overhauled

A new look at family planning, especially among teens in South Africa, is on the cards.
A convenient truth: The promise of presents from Santa may make for better-behaved children.

Should you be keeping Santa’s secret from the kids?

Warning, this article contains sensitive details about Father Christmas. Kids, look away.
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.

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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.
Cutting costs: The Health Professions Council says the lack of tariff guidelines adds to spiraling healthcare costs.

Dummies’ guide to medical tariffs

Health professionals are finding the state's planned guidelines for fees a bitter pill to swallow.
Taking "microbreaks" and sitting properly can reduce the effects of muscular imbalances.

Workers’ warning – slouching can reduce mental performance

Learning how to sit properly and taking "microbreaks" is vital when it comes to avoiding muscular imbalances.
Need for balance: More than 45–million South Africans do not have access to adequate health care.

Healthcare’s private parts to shrink

NHI details are not clear but it is certain that the priveged few will have to do with less.
The former national director of mental health says his Gauteng counterpart Makgabo Manamela

Mahlangu, Hlongwa elected to top Gauteng ANC body

The pair continues to survive politically despite being implicated in deadly mismanagement and graft during their tenures as Gauteng health MECs.
The government made an offer to the board to buy the hospital and turn McCord into a public hospital.

McCord Hospital’s fate turns again

Government officials and McCord Hospital's board picked up negotiations as a court interdict has stalled the health facility's closure.
Reading is believing: A copyright waiver will make material for the visually impaired much more accessible.

Landmark treaty breaks down book barriers for the blind

Last week the World Intellectual Property Organisation announced copyright exceptions on materials for visually impaired people.