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44 experts to design details of NHI scheme from January 2023

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Forty-four new National Health Insurance (NHI) positions, based at the national health department head office in Tshwane, will be advertised in the coming weeks and filled by January 2023.

[WATCH] What makes a good doctor? Why school marks aren’t everything

A doctor’s race and the language they speak can play a role in the kind of care they provide - depending on their patient’s race and language.

[WATCH] The right people are getting into medical school: More than 90% of medical...

The pass rate for medical students is much higher than for other high entry requirement degrees such as engineering and biology. This video explains why.

[WATCH] From the bin to the burn: How COVID vaccines are destroyed

Follow the final days of an expired COVID vaccine as they await their turn in the incinerator.

[LISTEN] Why people who got the smallpox vaccine are less likely to get monkeypox

South Africa's second monkeypox case was confirmed on Tuesday — a 32-year old man from Cape Town. The first case was confirmed on June 22 and was a male, 30, from Johannesburg. Neither of them have a travel history.

How to get doctors to work outside cities

The unequal distribution of South Africa’s doctors isn’t limited to the public vs private sector gap. Health workers' willingness to work in rural areas plays a role too. Most medical school graduates end up settling in urban areas.

Why we’re saying goodbye to our daily COVID updates

Bhekisisa has published a COVID-19 infographic every day for more than two years. This project is now coming to an end. Find out what it took to distil the health department’s data into bite-sized chunks.

[WATCH] Inner condoms can increase your sexual pleasure — and protect you

The ring on each side of an inner condom can give you more sexual pleasure. The outer ring can give the clitoris an extra tickle and the inner ring can stimulate the tip of the penis. Users say the thin material that inner condoms are made of make sex feel more natural than with a male condom.

[WATCH] The personal is political: 3 ways US abortion politics could affect SA

America’s highest court – the Supreme Court – looks set to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalised abortions in the United States. What sort of ripple effect will that have in SA? Legally, none. But there are other ways we could be affected.

How to know if you’re exercising hard enough

To keep your heart happy and healthy you should be exercising for between 150 - 300 minutes a week. Watch this short video for other useful tips on how to exercise properly.

[WATCH] Shots, symptoms and side effects: How regulators ensure the safety of COVID vaccines

Medicines regulators constantly monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines by tracking reactions among people who have gotten the jab. Each case is investigated to see if the symptoms are caused by the vaccine, in which case the response will be listed as a side effect.

[PODCAST] Want to live longer? Here’s an exercise guide for young & old

Should you exercise a lot, or a little? Should it be in the morning or at night? Go with Mia Malan and Jon Patricios as they cut through the fads in this easy guide to heart health.

[WATCH] Why is the tobacco industry comparing vapes to HIV treatment?

Public health experts agree with the vaping lobby that smokers need more help to quit. They disagree, however, with the industry’s argument that imposing a sin tax on vapour products will lead down a similar path as the state-sanctioned Aids denialism of former President Thabo Mbeki’s administration.

Why SA needs the anti-HIV injection — for R120 a pop

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The HIV prevention injection called long-acting cabotegravir (aka CAB-LA), currently costs more than R300 000 per person for a year's supply in the United...

Fake abortion providers are online too. Here’s how to spot them

Abortion has been legal in South Africa for more than 25 years. Yet illegal providers continue to put people’s lives at risk. Dubious providers can exploit platforms like Google Search and Facebook to advertise their services. Tshinondiwa Ramaite from the reproductive health organisation, Ipas, explains how to spot ads from a bogus clinic.

Here’s how an abortion works from week 13

Abortions can be done using two methods. One is called a medical abortion and the other is surgical, which involves a small procedure. When a pregnancy is past 12 weeks only doctors are allowed to do it. We speak to Marie Stopes SA about how a surgical abortion works and what you can expect.