[WATCH] How do puberty blockers work? 4 questions answered

People with gender dysphoria are more anxious and depressed than those who don’t have this body discomfort. But that changes once people start gender-affirming treatment. Find out more here.

[WATCH] How to get mental health support – for half the price of a...

Registered counsellors can provide short-term talk therapy including trauma and grief counselling. Here’s where you can find these health workers.

What does lead poisoning do to your kid’s brain?

Children who are exposed to the toxic heavy metal, lead, are more likely to commit violent crime and to get lower scores on intelligence tests as adults. But experts and industry groups say the government isn’t doing enough to manage lead.

[WATCH] How we know that stricter gun laws work

In Colombia, researchers found that when two large cities made it illegal to carry a gun in public, the murder rate in those places dropped when compared to cities in that country that didn’t implement the ban.

[WATCH] How to keep teenagers on TB treatment

TB was the leading cause of death for teenagers between 2008 and 2018 in South Africa. Find out why and what we can do to make treatment more accessible to them in this short video.

[WATCH] How to stop South Africa’s codeine problem

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More teens are showing up at drug treatment centres to kick a codeine habit. Some codeine products such as Stilpane are available over the counter without a prescription, so what can be done to prevent abuse? Find out in this video.

[WATCH] Books & babies: How to keep young mothers in school

We travelled to the North West for this video, where we spoke to a young mother who fell pregnant when she was 13, but managed to return to school after her pregnancy.

[WATCH] How to beat superbugs on a tight budget

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Superbugs are fighting back and our state hospitals don’t have the right specialists or enough funding to stop more germs from becoming untreatable.

[WATCH] Where SA’s specialist doctors go when managers aren’t looking

Government hospitals face shortages of specialist doctors. To make it worse, not all of them are showing up to work.

[WATCH] Why SA’s running out of drugs to treat this superbug

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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...

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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.
#AIDS2016: Thousands march to demand sufficient global funding and treatment for all

Health Beat | Should future Aids conferences only happen in the Global South? (Episode...

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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

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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.