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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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How wearing a mask can slash COVID-19 deaths

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The more people wear masks, the safer everyone will be, shows this modelling study. COMMENT With the advent of an infectious disease outbreak, epidemiologists...

Rape, time & place: How to understand SA’s geography of violence

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Simply identifying hotspots doesn’t explain why some places report more gender-based violence than others. This limits our understanding of the problem, and our ability to find a solution.
Drinking four glasses of wine a day can increase your chances of getting breast cancer by about 50%.

Cancer and heart disease: Can alcohol help you or hurt you?

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Drinking four glasses of wine a day can increase your chances of getting breast cancer by about 50%.
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
Patients' removal from the hospital was opposed at every step by activists and families

Life Esidimeni patient deaths are a wake up call that came too late

The callous disregard shown at many levels for the wellbeing of vulnerable people proved fatal.

TB: This pee test could save your life

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What if diagnosing South Africa’s deadliest disease was as simple as taking a drug store pregnancy test? That day might be closer than you...

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...
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Are we prepared for the potential pandemic lawsuits against South Africa’s health system?

Society’s goodwill towards the health profession is justified, but in the face of doctors and hospitals having to make difficult decisions when treating COVID-19 patients...
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The coronavirus outbreak & mental health: What you need to know

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Hope in the time of outbreaks may come from an unlikely source. The good news? It’s closer than you think. COMMENT In times of crises, our...
Post-partum pregnancy can be prevented through correct contraceptive use.

Five African states help women prevent pregnancy right after birth

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Postpartum or after birth family planning can reduce one in three maternal deaths, one in 10 infant deaths and one in five child deaths.
Research shows that drug-resistant TB accounts for a quarter of the 10-million deaths that might be associated with antimicrobial resistance by 2020.

This kills more than 700 of us each day. Now, the UN wants to...

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In a historic first, the UN just held a high-level meeting on TB. There was one on lifestyle diseases too. But did these sittings achieve anything?
Jacob Zuma's political leadership on HIV and Aids is inconsistent.

​#AIDS2016: When last did you hear South African President Jacob Zuma say, ‘HIV’?

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The country's political commitment to the fight against HIV cannot be judged solely by the accomplishments of a few government departments.
(Jessica Bordeau)

Why medical aids are putting the price of a safe delivery on some women’s...

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When medical schemes and the law count conceiving as a pre-existing condition, pregnant women lose.

Unbanning booze sales: Did we do it the right way?

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You can now have a beer at a pub each day of the week. There are no limits to how much you can drink...
Give a young woman as little as R100 a month and what does it buy her? School supplies

Could R100 a month be enough to keep South Africa’s young women HIV free?

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In a world hemmed in by patriarchy and poverty, cash transfers could be the missing link in SA’s HIV prevention programmes.
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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.