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The Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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After Malema adopted a healthy lifestyle and shed extra pounds

EFF’s Julius Malema loses extra kilos and the fat cats jeer

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Speculation swirled around Malema after he dropped extra kilos, showing dangerous associations between being thin and being sick still plague Africa.
Police move to break up a protest. Experts say heavy-handed police tactics like these do nothing to stem drug abuse but harm reduction programmes might.

It’s time to end SA’s war on drugs

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Drugs have destroyed many lives, but wrongheaded governmental policies have destroyed many more, argue experts.
As good as a trainer... well

[From our archives] How to get the most out of your gym membership

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Finally, go where you've always feared to tread at the gym with these four tips.
community healthcare workers

Radical transformation begins with fixing how we fund healthcare in remote areas

Once slices of the healthcare funding pie are dished out to provinces, there is little control over how this money is spent to benefit the rural poor.
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.
Volunteers arrive to pick up bodies of people who died of Ebola in the 2014-2015 outbreak.

Ebola and Zika epidemics are driven by pathologies of society, not just a virus

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Economic exploitation in the developing world has resulted in under-resourced and weak health systems that could not contain the spread of viruses.
CRISPR technology is a relatively new and powerful tool for editing genomes. It allows researchers to easily alter DNA sequences and modify gene function.

Man who created the first GMO babies is missing but his discovery could haunt...

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Chinese scientist He Jiankui claims to have engineered the world’s first genetically-modified babies. Did he unleash one of science’s worst fears?
In the Eastern Cape’s OR Tambo district

SA doctors demand shorter hours, saying their 30-hour shifts put patients’ lives at risk

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The health department and the Health Professions Council of South Africa must act to protect the medics and patients.
HIV is spreading faster among teenage girls and young women than in any other group in South Africa.

#AIDS2016: Youth will lead the way to an Aids-free generation – Ramaphosa

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​Education and opportunity are key to stemming the tide of HIV in South Africa's young women.
About half the country’s population is younger than 15.

Young women told: ‘If a man touches you, you’ll get pregnant’

Unintended pregnancies and abortions in Nigeria could be reduced if myths are dispelled and young women have the right information.
Methadone is used in countries around the world including Indonesia

‘I thought drug users just made bad choices. Then this happened’

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Until two years ago, it was Sibonelo Gumede’s job to help developers get rid of people who used drugs in neighbourhoods. Then his life changed.
Pneumonia kills more than 1.3-million children a year. But with this vaccine two out of every three children under five are immunised against pneumonia.

When it comes to vaccines, there really is safety in numbers. Here’s why

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Turns out it takes a village to raise a child but also to protect them.
You can't treat what you can't count: No one knows how many people inject drugs in east and southern Africa.

Southern Africa’s missing drug users: We can’t treat what we don’t count

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No one really knows how many people inject drugs in east and southern Africa and that's a bigger problem than you think.
Yumna Moosa says senior doctors threatened her and all the health professions council did was ask what she did to deserve it.

A cautionary tale to young doctors looking to take on medicine’s culture of abuse

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In 2016, Yumna Moosa took to social media to rally young doctors against medicine's culture of bullying. Now, she's not sure she'd do it again.
What happened when these two men stopped taking their medicine for TB? They were arrested and thrown into police cells.

Why people failing to take their TB treatment should not be jailed

It's World TB Day. Here's why human rights and TB responses go hand in hand.