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How your period could be messing with your mental health

Suicide and the violence of our words

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...

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...

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

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.
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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.
This disease is a leading cause of death in SA but preventing it could be as simple as taking a single pill — if the government agrees.

This kills more South Africans than any other disease. There’s a new way to...

One in four people carry this potentially deadly bug? Now a new shorter treatment can prevent it from making you sick.
Diary of a young

‘HIV is my unwanted pregnancy’

If you are a man who has sex with men, the HIV prevention pill just keeps getting better. Find out how.
The Sayana Press allows women to inject themselves with the hormonal contraception Depo-Provera

Why taking back the power starts with you and your vagina

Want to advocate for your uterus? Here are six ways you can do it.
The health department has proposed accrediting public hospitals to provide c-sections as a way of improving the safety of the procedures across the country.

This is putting SA’s women in the grave, so what’s health department doing about...

Pregnancy in South Africa is getting safer, but still not safe enough. Here’s what the health department says they’re doing about it.
The struggle to survive bringing a new life into the world is still so real for South African women.

‘HIV testing was compulsory. If you didn’t test, they wouldn’t treat you’

The struggle to survive pregnancy and death in a land of plenty and poverty hasn’t changed much in the past five years — there are lives to prove it.
Does going for "the snip" lead to risk disinhibition in men?

Medical male circumcision offers a gateway to HIV testing and medical check-ups

Circumcision can prevent thousands of HIV infections by 2030 at a relatively low cost, but the uptake has been slower than expected.
What to ask politicians as a mother

It’s time to get tough on crime… in our maternity wards?

Women – many of them mothers – constitute more than half of the population. What should moms think of before casting their vote?
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?
“Whenever I heard about comics I thought of jokes. I never knew I could develop my own comics and use them to talk about important issues”

Antibiotic resistance: Three ways to stop the rise of the superbugs

We are facing possibly the greatest health threat of our time: drug-resistant infections. But here's why there's hope the world can change course.
African drumming can help treat people with depression and other mental illnesses.

African drumming: New rhythm in therapy

Drumming therapy can help to reduce anger and tension and increase a sense of wellbeing.
The 2013 Control of Marketing of Alcohol Beverages Bill of 2013 has not been made public for no apparent reason

Is this the Bill the alcohol industry doesn’t want you to see?

South Africa is one of the hardest drinking countries in the world, but legislation to stop it been under wraps for over five years.