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South African patients qualify for HIV treatment if their CD4 count – a measure of a person’s immunity – is 350 or lower.

A chink in the armour of HIV

Media reports about HIV-infected people being cured of the virus should be read with caution but could these cases give us clues about an antidote?
Protection needed: Malaria kills more than a million poeple in the world every year - mostly children and preganant women

Our leaders must keep their word

Though progress has been made, Africa must continue the fight against Aids, TB and malaria.
Necessary care: Children who suffer from disabilities are often neglected and hidden away.

Vital service reaches far too few

Rehabilitation plans for the thousands of people with disabilities must be included in the NHI.
Research on carcinogens in the environment led to tobacco laws that helped to decrease the number of smokers in South Africa.

Death knell for cancer research

The state has pulled its funding of studies on the disease, retarding progress on a cure.
Former minister of the Eastern Cape health department

Free healthcare is a human right

Healthcare that is accessible to all is the foundation on which an equitable and efficient system must be built.
Stand and deliver: James Francis takes a new approach to working. Standing and working has some health and productivity benefits.

Sitting could be the death of you

Hemingway did it. Churchill did it. So let's do it. Let's all stand up while we work.
The benefits associated with eating placenta are thought to be the result of the nutrients

The world needs midwives, now more than ever

May 5 is International Midwife Day: a day to acknowledge the vital impact midwives have on maternal health in South Africa.
NHI: GPs polled want to work part-time.

Doctors give NHI a qualified thumbs up

GPs with their own practices are interested in working for the NHI scheme – with caveats.
New life: Will the NHI bring a glimmer of hope for rural patients?

Take care over the next hill

What, if anything, does the private healthcare sector have to offer the rural poor?
Truth serum: The M&G Bhekisisa centre aims to avoid disseminating myths.

Ignorant reporting can be lethal

As the fallout regarding misinformation about vaccines and antiretrovirals shows, words can kill.
Bhekisisa bagged five awards at the Discovery Health Journalism Awards on Wednesday night. From left: Amy Green, Mia Malan and Ina Skosana

Bhekisisa: Our health journalism centre is here

The Mail & Guardian has launched its health journalism centre, Bhekisisa. You can find all the details here.
Khetukthula Hlongwane was told at her local clinic to buy her own ARVs because it had run out.

Why has Gauteng run out of ARVs?

Patients go without key drugs as the province and suppliers trade blame for antiretroviral shortages.
Bhekisisa bagged five awards at the Discovery Health Journalism Awards on Wednesday night. From left: Amy Green, Mia Malan and Ina Skosana

Bhekisisa: Help us choose a winner

One of our reader letters will win a one-year digital subscription to the Mail & Guardian. Help us decide who deserves it.
Lesotho is battling to find ways of paying the specially trained HIV and TB counsellors who help people with the virus to adhere to the antiretroviral treatment.

Funding crisis looms large

HIV counsellors play a vital role in Lesotho's health system, but the money is running out.
Tuberculosis is still the number one cause of death in South Africa.

TB cannot be kept behind bars

World TB Day is on March 24: We look at plans to curb the disease's spread – in prisons and beyond.
South Africa can reap substantial gains by learning from and collaborating with Brazil

SA should use Brics membership to strengthen research

South Africa has a lot to learn about efficient and effective ways to approach health research and policy, suggests John Ouma-Mugabe.