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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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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...
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,...
Going one day without betanoid can be life theatening - and it's been out of stock nationwide for months.

Codeine abuse is a habit, but how should South Africa deal with it?

All codeine products might soon require a prescription, taking them out of the reach of people needing only a mild pain killer.
Solutions: A health technician analyses blood samples for tuberculosis in a high-tech TB lab in Lima

Is ‘all-in-one healthcare’ a dream?

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Is getting all you need from one health team far fetched? Actually not. It's one field where the public health system beats the private one.
The bad news doctor: Why scientists are trying to find better ways to talk to patients.

What your doctor is thinking when they say, ‘I’m afraid I have some bad...

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Doctors have turned to scientific studies for guidance on talking with patients, but the results have largely left them guessing.
Doctors and nurses were held at gunpoint to stop giving patients treatment.

What to do about South Africa’s unemployed doctors

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It’s official. Austerity budgets may be here to stay. Here’s how South Africa should be working with what it’s got to provide healthcare.
(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.
Free pads or free condoms? It's a false dichotomy when people with uteruses are the ones who need both.

Free pads versus free condoms: Why we can’t afford this debate

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Why the debate misses the very gendered point in a country where people with uteruses remain disproportionally affected by HIV.
National guidelines say babies should get nothing but their mother’s milk for the first six months of life. But fewer than one in 10 women makes it to six months.

‘I thought I’d breastfeed my baby for a year. That dream was short-lived’

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We tell moms to exclusively breastfeed. But we don’t tell them about all the things that get in the way of that, including depression.
Faux facts are travelling at lightning speed across the internet and they're bad for your health.

The rise of anti-vaxxer bots: Fake news is going viral — & it’s bad...

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How do you outrun a lie when science shows misinformation spreads faster than fact?
New science is changing how we define responsible sex and could empower some couples in which one person is living with HIV and the other isn't. But with great power

Redefining risk: When it’s okay to be HIV-positive and have sex without a condom

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HIV-positive people who have very low levels of HIV in their blood can’t sexually transmit the virus. Here’s what it means for you & SA.
Meet the Cupid female condom.

Did government waste R127-million on a condom no one wanted?

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Activists warn new data shows government may have invested millions into the wrong female condom and may be on the verge of doing it again.
How your period could be messing with your mental health

Suicide and the violence of our words

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What if we thought of suicide as the outcome of a terminal illness instead of the outcome of an action?
Money

Don’t believe the hype: Why increases to the health budget on paper don’t translate...

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Legal claims against the department now amount to more than half of some provincial health budgets. Less money now will only mean more claims later.
A hotter earth will affect how we farm

When climate change & health collide: Will SA’s policy have the teeth — or...

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Previously, the health department dedicated about R180 000 per year to respond to what is arguably the greatest threat humankind has ever faced.
Discovery Health CEO Jonathan Broomberg responds to allegations that the scheme could have made arrangements to waive a waiting period to cover a returning member's pregnancy.

‘Without waiting periods, medical aids couldn’t survive,’ Discovery says

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Would you join a medical aid if you were perfectly healthy? Most won’t. That’s why we need waiting periods, says Discovery CEO Jonathan Broomberg.