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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...

Pathologies of pleasure: What they don’t teach you in medical school

Tlaleng Mofokeng is a doctor, writer, radio and TV presenter as well as an internationally-renowned health activist. She’s made it her...

Civil society’s #MeToo moment: ‘We are complicit in creating environments that allow this’

Civil society is supposed to be a watchdog. It’s supposed to fight for what’s right – but what happens when those...
Doctor holding tweezers

Crisis of confidence: How much does the public really trust scientists, doctors and nurses?

Trust isn't only important when it comes to relationships. It's the difference between life or death when it comes to vaccines.
The Bhekisisa team

It’s official: Bhekisisa is going solo

Today, we set out on our own after calling the Mail & Guardian home for more than half a decade.

TB: This pee test could save your life

What if diagnosing South Africa’s deadliest disease was as simple as taking a drug store pregnancy test? That day might be...
Man holds three silver condoms.

The business of love: Why condom factories and job creation could go hand-in-hand

Every year, the continent falls 3-billion condoms short of what it needs. Could investing in condom factories be the answer —...