[WATCH] Why SA’s running out of drugs to treat this superbug
Healthcare-associated infections occur when a person acquires an infection while they are admitted into a hospital. One of the most deadly is a bacterium that has developed resistance against three out of the four antibiotics we can use to treat it.
Health Beat #2 | [Exclusive interview] Could the world’s biggest state HIV fund be...
The United States government has appointed the first African head of its Aids fund, Pepfar. John Nkengasong, a Cameroonian virologist with US citizenship, will need to establish the potential impact of America’s change in abortion legislation on Pepfar funding rules.
Health Beat | South Africa’s NHI scheme starts hiring before the Bill is passed
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.
Health Beat | Should future Aids conferences only happen in the Global South? (Episode...
Researchers have found that 96% of global health conferences happen in high- or middle-income countries. Less than four in 10 attendees at these gatherings are from poorer nations that have the highest burden of disease.
Health Beat #1 | Say hello to Bhekisisa’s new TV show — Health Beat
Mia and Ayoade Alakija discuss the 2022 International Aids conference and how institutional racism in the global health system affects who gets to have a say in the fight against HIV/AIDS. A South African NGO is helping teen moms to stay in school, we bring you their stories. Finally we unpack how the South African government is going to hire experts to implement universal healthcare policy.
[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] A fitness guide for young & old. How to extend your life in...
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.