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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

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.
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 —...

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...
Some lawyers literally raid schools for the disabled

SA lawyers: Motsoaledi, we’re not the reason gynaes won’t deliver babies

Werksmans Attorneys' Neil Kirby hits back at claims that unscrupulous lawyers are driving doctors out of business.
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

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.
Universal access to healthcare needs to be recognised as a fundamental human right.

Is universal access to healthcare possible?

The Elders say everybody is entitled to decent, affordable medical attention.
Junior doctors lives stand still as they wait to be paid after the human resource staff failed to capture their details to the payroll system on time.

A life-saving shift: New reductions in doctors’ hours are still far off the mark

Research shows that any shift longer than 16 hours puts doctors and patients at risk.
Former miner Masiko Somi and his wife Magumede are part of the class action suit that looks to hold the gold mining industry accountable for its impacts on workers' health.

Court case could force gold industry to pay out miners’ daughters and wives

A high court has ruled that compensation to women who have to take care of sick miners could ease the gendered harms imposed by the industry.
The SA government needs to make a back-up plan for spending on HIV/Aids

#AIDS2016: As donor funding falls, SA must come up with a plan to stretch...

It will cost the country R30-billion a year to treat and prevent HIV by 2020, so the state has to lower costs and be clever with its health spending.
It’s 2019 and some clinics and hospitals in this country are still battling for basic hygiene.

Only half of clinics and hospitals in this country meet basic hygiene standards

What if your doctor couldn’t even wash her hands before examining you?
(Baz Ratner

This country has upheld its ban on gay sex. Here’s why it could be...

“The failure to decriminalise consensual same-sex relations will undermine Kenya’s aim of reaching universal health coverage,” UNAids says.
Over-treatment of malaria can lead to an unnecessary waste of antimalarial medication.

Why over-treating malaria in Africa is a problem, and how it can be stopped

Malaria medication is being accidentally wasted on other conditions.
Birth control: Which one's best for you?

Could your favourite birth control put you at risk of HIV?

A Cape Town study could finally provide the answer to whether there is a link between the shot and HIV infection risk.
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...
Find out what solutions have been put forward to make healthcare more efficient.

Are foreigners stealing your jobs and healthcare? Find out.

A 'foreign threat’ could be a convenient boogeyman in an election season where politicians will face questions about their failures. Or not?

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...