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GMO babies: Inside the bad science that sent a Chinese scientist to prison.

He Jiankui’s failed gene-edited baby experiment proves we're not ready for human embryo modification COMMENT

Three things that will shape the national health insurance here… and beyond

By now, most politicians in sub-Saharan Africa agree: State-sponsored health insurance is a non-negotiable when it comes to universal healthcare. In...

More than just a footnote: ‘African authors are under-represented as first authors — positions...

A survey of 198 global health organisations showed that nearly 90% were headquartered in North America or Western Europe, with boards dominated by...

If you were a girl: Men, this is what you need to understand about...

The body swap is an old Hollywood trope: Boy meets girl, boy swaps bodies with girl, boy has an epiphany about love,...
Lake Chad

Is one of Africa’s most important lakes really shrinking?

Our two-year study shows the lake has been stable since the 1990s. Costly ‘solutions’ shift focus from the complex causes of the...

Bugs, borers & heatwaves: Life and mental health in a hotter Joburg

Joburg may have avoided a total “treepocolypse”, but the city is continuing to battle the invasive beetle killing off its trees....
Scientists say the current tests designed to detect even very low levels of HIV present in the body are simply not sensitive enough.

The health department responds to Bhekisisa’s HIV testing article: ‘Services are adequate’

Earlier this month we published some of the damning results from a leaked report on the state of HIV testing in...

Figures & feelings: How trust can help repair a broken health system

More than two decades ago, an unthinkable genocide rocked Rwanda. What happened next could be a study in how to remake...
Rustenburg MSF driver Lebogang Seketema

Have wheels, will travel: The all-male crews who are taking on sexual violence one...

Floods, fires and war — for decades, first responders have been using this mental health hack to help people after disasters...

Global health still mimics colonial ways: here’s how to break the pattern

Why it's time we look within for expertise on how to fix Global South healthcare issues. COMMENT
No man’s land: People gather behind a barbed wire fence in a temporary settlement on the Myanmar border. When governments fail, aid organisations step in. But who should they report to? (Ye Aung Thu, AFP)

The price of aid: Who is watching whom?

When governments fail and health systems falter, aid agencies take over. But who holds them accountable?

The power, the purse strings and the National Health Insurance

Compass: Charting a course to the NHI The National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill proposes significant shifts in who...

What did this former Sars official know about Big Tobacco’s dodgy dealings?

State capture was a godsend for tobacco dealers, writes former Sars official Johann van Loggerenberg in his latest book, which may...

When violence begets violence: Men, trauma & HIV in South Africa

Young men living in urban informal settlements have experienced a huge amount of violence and trauma in their own lives. This...
Zambia Kabwe

Lead in the blood: The poisoning of a generation

By 1927, Anglo American had obtained a controlling interest in a decades’ old lead mine north of Lusaka. Today, the mine...

Will the National Health Insurance Bill go far enough to prevent corruption?

The National Health Insurance Bill was released on 8 August but a look at how well our mothers – and our...