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Would you betray your partner in crime if it meant you could avoid jail? Here's how this mentality can push up the price of medicines.

Physician, don’t fool yourself – Motsoaledi replies to NHI criticism

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi describes Dr Chris Archer's criticism of the national health insurance as ignorant at best.
The country's largest HIV lobby group

Rape, murder and indifference

The government must stop paying mere lip service to rooting out gender-based violence.
A woman and her children in a village in Niger. A child born in 1960 had an 18% chance of dying before his or her fifth birthday. Today

100-million young lives saved by aid

Aid may often be criticised, but it works, says the Gates Foundation.
Mammography is still the gold standard of breast screening.

Mammograms still the gold standard of breast screening

Breast cancer expert, Justus Apffelstaedt, explains the complexities around the issue of screening for this disease.
Family planning is not a luxury to everyone. Melinda Gates talks about why she has dedicated so much of her time to helping women plan their families.

Melinda Gates on what’s best for children

Family planning is not a luxury to everyone. Melinda Gates talks about why she has dedicated so much of her time to helping women plan their families.
A voucher-based initiative to get women to nurse their babies is causing a stir

Breast may be best, but bribing mothers to nurse is not

There are many advantages to breastfeeding but should mothers be bribed to do it?
Doctors and nurses were held at gunpoint to stop giving patients treatment.

We can stop the haemorrhaging

South Africa has the means and opportunity to keep its healthcare professionals.
The same number of South African boys and girls start school

Bring back the lost girls

This country must find ways to keep girls in school and educate them about HIV prevention.
Most medical aids won't cover a new

Staunching SA’s pregnancy wound

Unless the state's plan to curb maternal deaths is wholly implemented, it won't make a dent.
Most of the people surveyed in an informal study did not believe penis enlargement 'medicine' was effective

Are penis enlargements worth your while?

Endowment policies differ, but most people agree that "enlargement" promises much, delivers little.
Unhealthy situation: The Eastern Cape health department shocked the community by shutting down the village clinic in Lusikisiki

Clinic victory – A shot in the arm for people’s rights

If the community stays vigilant, lives will be improved for many years.
Far cry: African countries have more than their fair share of healthcare issues.

Africa-China alliance can only benefit healthcare

China has reduced childhood deaths and illness from diseases that were once widespread.
South African patients qualify for HIV treatment if their CD4 count – a measure of a person’s immunity – is 350 or lower.

SA could turn dread into capital

HIV diplomacy can be used to help the country become a better, more influential global citizen.
Breastfeeding is one of the most powerful tools we have to tackle child mortality.

Superfood for babies

It's World Breastfeeding Week and government and Save the Children have joined forces to promote breastfeeding to save children's lives.
Life expectancy at birth is better in Singapore than in many developed countries .

Singapore slings health clues SA’s way

Its health system is comparable to the best in the world, achieved at a fraction of the cost of others.
Outdated discourse of treatment versus prevention ... obscures elementary points for which we currently lack a common language.

Common sense needed in HIV fight

A recent international Aids conference lacked input from those living with the HI virus.