No healthcare for refugees in SA

No healthcare for refugees in SA

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Refugees flee war-torn countries for SA, only to face more heartache and discrimination. Often their only hope lies with civil society.
Behind the tragic stories we cover

Behind the tragic stories we cover

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Ever wondered how journalists report on such horrific stories? Ina Skosana explains the process.
Pollsmoor Remand: "They treated us like animals"

Pollsmoor Remand: “They treated us like animals”

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Former detainees tell of being denied chronic medication and contracting diseases like TB while incarcerated in the overcrowded Cape Town facility.
The Zika link: Small heads and brains

The Zika link: Small heads and brains

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The causal link between Zika and foetal abnormalities has been confirmed.
Close to death

Close to death, but ‘no medication for foreigners’

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Many refugees flee their own war-torn countries to find safety in South Africa. But the country is not the safe haven they think it will be.
Why contraception and the HIV prevention pill go hand in hand

Why contraception and the HIV prevention pill go hand in hand

If you're a young woman, would you take a two-in-one HIV prevention pill? Mia Malan and Kevin Rebe talk PrEP and contraception.
PrEP: The dos and don'ts of using an HIV prevention pill safely and effectively

PrEP: The dos and don’ts of using an HIV prevention pill safely and effectively

Daily PrEP use can lower your risk of getting HIV from sex by about 90%. Kevin Rebe tells Mia Malan how to use PrEP properly.
[PODCAST] Your GP can prescribe a pill that will make you less likely to contract HIV

Your GP can prescribe a pill that will make you less likely to contract...

Truvada is available in SA's private health sector and is in the process of being expanded to the public sector. Mia Malan talks PrEP with Kevin Rebe.
PrEP user talks sex

PrEP user talks sex, condoms and HIV

Ben Brown tells Mia Malan about his experience of using a pill that reduces his chances of HIV infection.
Want to influence policy? Here’s how to write an op-ed

Want to influence policy? Here’s how to write an op-ed

Bhekisisa editor Mia Malan gives tips on how to write health comment pieces without putting your reader to sleep.
Non-lung TB

Non-lung TB, the silent killer

TB is not only found in the lungs. You can get TB anywhere in your body, but it is very difficult to diagnose.
Depression and anxiety are common amongst TB patients and a UCT study says counselling is needed to keep sufferers on treatment.

Most South Africans have the TB germ – so why aren’t they sick?

About 80% of people have the TB germ inside their bodies, but that doesn't mean they will all develop the disease.
Can drug-resistant TB get cured?

Can drug-resistant TB get cured?

Only half of people with multidrug resistant TB are cured, and patients run a high risk of losing their hearing due to the drugs.
The bad news doctor: Why scientists are trying to find better ways to talk to patients.

TB and diabetes: Are they linked?

Are people with diabetes more likely to get TB? Dr Bart Willems says yes.
Kala azar: The killer disease nobody knows about.

Kala azar: The killer disease nobody knows about

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Kala azar is endemic in parts of South Sudan and affects mostly the poor and disenfranchised. A simple jab could control it, but not in this country.
Mobile tech: A malaria-fighting secret weapon for Africa?

Mobile tech: A malaria-fighting secret weapon for Africa?

Is mobile technology the malaria-fighting secret weapon Africa’s been waiting for?