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The Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Bhekisisa is one of only a few media outlets in the Global South specialising in solutions-based narrative features and analysis. We not only uncover problems but also critically evaluate the solutions meant to fix them. It’s an approach we also take with our opinion pieces.

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Pneumonia kills more than 1.3-million children a year. But with this vaccine two out of every three children under five are immunised against pneumonia.

When it comes to vaccines, there really is safety in numbers. Here’s why

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Turns out it takes a village to raise a child but also to protect them.
What started as a bizarre press release touting a "potential HIV cure" has gone viral leading media houses all over the world to lash out over firm Zion Medical's latest claims.

South Africa on the cusp of HIV vaccine breakthrough

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Recently the first participants in the HVTN 702 study received jabs of a vaccine that could stop HIV in its tracks
Protestors demonstrate against sexual violence. The National Sexual Assault Policy has been in draft form since 2011. If finalised

It’s time to stop treating sexual violence as just coincidental to HIV infections

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A national policy on sexual assault has been in draft form for years. Now, the country now has the chance to put survivors of sexual violence first.
Yumna Moosa says senior doctors threatened her and all the health professions council did was ask what she did to deserve it.

A cautionary tale to young doctors looking to take on medicine’s culture of abuse

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In 2016, Yumna Moosa took to social media to rally young doctors against medicine's culture of bullying. Now, she's not sure she'd do it again.
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Memoirs of an activist: ‘The real heroes of the HIV struggle are still unknown’

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In a new book, Mark Heywood reflects on love, justice and haunting lessons from the past.

A false sense of safety? Why ending the COVID pandemic doesn’t stop with vaccines

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The world was able to develop COVID-19 vaccines in just over a year. But much more needs to be done before we can end the pandemic.
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?

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When governments fail and health systems falter, aid agencies take over. But who holds them accountable? COMMENT After years of teaching in Ethiopia, Somalia and Sierra Leone,...
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’

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Earlier this month we published some of the damning results from a leaked report on the state of HIV testing in South Africa. Here’s...
In a world where historically unravelling the tobacco lobby’s intentions has been a game of smoke and mirrors

Show us the data: Bhekisisa responds to #BigTobacco

Dear Tisa, you have a point but we’ve got a reason to be wary.
What we learn on the playground about gender and violence may never be unlearned - and it could shape your child forever.

Sex, soccer and social media

A Nigerian and a Kenyan use social media and the football pitch to discuss contraceptives and stop pregnancy.
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?

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

A slow death: Are Israeli forces instituting a deliberate campaign to maim in Gaza?

There’s something distinctly cynical about Israel’s targeting of people’s legs in Palestine’s march for freedom.
More than 876-million school-age children are at risk of becoming infected with potentially sight-stealing parasites.

A sight for sore eyes: Teachers test pupils’ eyes to keep them in school

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Children need more than books to flourish at school. De-worming may be one of the most cost-effective ways to increase school participation in Africa.

Pushing up daisies – by becoming compost? How you can choose a greener death

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Mainstream methods of burial need to be left in the past as they take a toll on climate change. According to researchers, leaving the body to naturally break down its organic matter until a heap of soil is all that’s left, should be more accessible.
An obese couple sits on the beach. Overweight and obesity have been recognised as crucial health issues and have been included in the sustainable development goals.

Obesity weighs heavily on Africa’s meagre resources

Big Food is just one driving force behind unhealthy eating, and strategies are needed to cut the high cost of associated diseases.
Governments should promote accurate knowledge about breastfeeding and implement policies — like paid maternity leave — to give women the time they need to breastfeed exclusively.

Breast is best: Exclusive breastfeeding could turn Africa’s child mortality tide

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Malnutrition is a leading cause of death in under-fives, but there’s a simple — and free — solution that could save lives.