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

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Tlaleng Mofokeng is a doctor, writer, radio and TV presenter as well as an internationally-renowned health activist. She’s made it her life work to...
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It’s official: Bhekisisa is going solo

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Today, we set out on our own after calling the Mail & Guardian home for more than half a decade. I remember the...
People say Depro-Provera is popular. Walking into a clinic and getting the only birth control available isn't a choice, it isn't about popularity. it’s a sign of a problem with the choices offered to women.

After Echo: ‘Life for young women navigating puberty is gruesome’

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We've proven Depo Provera doesn't make it easier to contract HIV. But African women are still left with too few contraceptive choices.
People queue in makeshift camps following past threats of xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Today

Are foreigners really entitled to free healthcare in South Africa?

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Recent national and Gauteng memos demanding all foreign patients pay in full for services likely fell foul of the law.
Zambia Kabwe

Lead in the blood: The poisoning of a generation

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

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

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Young men living in urban informal settlements have experienced a huge amount of violence and trauma in their own lives. This may not come...

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

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

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

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State capture was a godsend for tobacco dealers, writes former Sars official Johann van Loggerenberg in his latest book, which may shed new light...
Doctor holding tweezers

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

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Trust isn't only important when it comes to relationships. It's the difference between life or death when it comes to vaccines. COMMENT Doctors and nurses have...

How do we reduce new HIV infections by 60% in a mere three and...

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Today, SA boasts the world's largest HIV treatment programme, but 3.2-million people who need ARVs still aren't on them. Here’s how to fix that.

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

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Why it's time we look within for expertise on how to fix Global South healthcare issues. COMMENT Imagine this scenario. A couple of newly minted...
Could HIV treatment become as simple as a once-a-month injection?

Six ways ARVs can help to end Aids by 2030

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Science knows more than ever about how to use HIV treatment to prevent new infections but will it be enough to end Aids?

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

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Civil society is supposed to be a watchdog. It’s supposed to fight for what’s right – but what happens when those tasked with advocating...

The power, the purse strings and the National Health Insurance

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Compass: Charting a course to the NHI The National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill proposes significant shifts in who controls our national and provincial health budgets....
Could MDMA one day come of the rave scene and into mainstream psychology? Emerging research may be a step in that direction.

Could this drug one day come out of the club and onto your therapist’s...

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Ecstasy users are more empathetic than those who take other drugs – even when not on it.
Rustenburg MSF driver Lebogang Seketema

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

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