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The facts beat the quacks: Our #Covid19SA vs. our #HIV response

Reporting on Covid-19 and HIV in South Africa is like night and day, Mia Malan, who has reported on both epidemics,...
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The coronavirus outbreak & mental health: What you need to know

Hope in the time of outbreaks may come from an unlikely source. The good news? It’s closer than you think.

Body politics: The invisible women of global HIV response

In sub-Saharan Africa, four out of five new infections among adolescents are among girls. But when it comes to the global...

Ticket to ride: How the coronavirus outbreak could change air travel

When a pandemic strikes, scientists are left scrambling to find new vaccines to curb it. The latest coronavirus outbreak may become...

Reality check: Women are victims twice over. Here’s why, says Tlaleng Mofokeng

'I was recently contacted by a young woman who was being hunted by a mob that suspected her of abandoning a...

Travel bans are unlikely to stop the new coronavirus, but this might

The global rise of far-right nationalism has stalled progress in global health diplomacy. But now, with the coronavirus, governments have no choice...
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How US anti-abortion groups are funding South Africa’s ‘pregnancy crisis centres’

In 2018, Bhekisisa revealed how the University of Pretoria student clinic was referring women to anti-abortion "pregnancy crisis centres". Now, a global...

Can China prevent its next epidemic?

The country has launched an unprecedented response to the country's latest outbreak but its real heroism in dealing with this latest...

Curious about what the National Health Insurance will cover? Then you’ll want to read...

What will the National Health Insurance pay for? It’s the question on everyone’s mind when it comes to the move set...
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Confused about the NHI? One of SA’s leading health economists breaks it down for...

Think you know what the National Health Insurance is all about? Diane McIntyre is one of South Africa's leading health economists...
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The world finally has an Ebola vaccine. This is why it’s not enough

The World Health Organisation prequalified Merck's vaccine for widespread use in November but regulatory hoops are just a small part of...

Employed vs. unemployed: Who is more likely to test HIV positive?

You’re far more likely to be offered an HIV test at a government health facility than at your GP or workplace...

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.

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,...