Here’s how an abortion works from week 13

Abortions can be done using two methods. One is called a medical abortion and the other is surgical, which involves a small procedure. When a pregnancy is past 12 weeks only doctors are allowed to do it. We speak to Marie Stopes SA about how a surgical abortion works and what you can expect.

People with weak immune systems can now walk in for booster jabs on top...

The system South Africa uses to track COVID-19 vaccines has been updated to allow people with weak immune systems to come in for a booster shot. This is in addition to the extra dose they received last year, as the jabs offer less protection in people with certain health conditions like cancer or HIV.

[VIDEO] One, two, three, buy! Here’s who is in charge of buying medications in...

South Africa’s public hospitals and clinics won’t be getting a new COVID-19 treatment called molnupiravir. The tablets have regulatory approval but they aren’t the right fit for the country.

[PODCAST] The illegal cigarette business: How does it work?

Tax expert and whistleblower Johann van Loggerenberg explains the dirty details of how tobacco companies manage to dodge the taxman.

[WATCH] The science of ‘black don’t crack’

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Black skin shows signs of ageing at a later stage than white skin because it has more protection against damage from the harmful rays of the sun.

[WATCH] Mix & match: How to pick a booster vaccine

Do you know which COVID vaccine you’re going to pick as your booster dose? Here’s a handy guide to the latest research on the mix and match approach.

[PODCAST] When will COVID end? Prof Abdool Karim explains

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How long are the gaps between the end of one COVID wave and the start of another? In South Africa, it’s been about three months consistently, says epidemiologist Salim Abdool Karim.

10 questions answered about phone-in abortions

Private clinics started to offer phone-in abortion services when COVID-19 lockdowns began in 2020. Forty one per cent of the terminations of pregnancies Marie Stopes South Africa did since January 2020 were such self-managed terminations. Mohale Moloi asked Melusi Dhlamini, who headed up the introduction of self-managed abortions by Marie Stopes at the time, how such terminations work.

[PODCAST] Money troubles: Why SA can’t afford COVID vaccines for children 5 to 11

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The health department won’t buy any more COVID vaccines this year. That includes Sinopharm, Sinovac and jabs for children.

[WATCH] A beginner’s guide to smoking laws

The vaping industry is up in arms because of two new proposed laws. A fight is bound to ensue, but tobacco control is a very particular game. This video will help you get to know the players ahead of public hearings.

[VIDEO] Fancy pharmaceuticals? Your guide to the newest COVID treatments

South Africa’s medical regulator is currently reviewing applications for an oral COVID treatment called molnupiravir. The tablet can reduce people’s chances of falling very ill or dying from the disease. Here’s how it works.

A few pills a day could keep severe COVID away: What you need to...

Two drugs to treat COVID-19 have recently become available. These aren’t substitutes for a vaccine, but they could help at-risk people from developing severe disease. Here’s what you need to know about the new pills on offer.

Tech talk: Unpacking and assembling the puzzle pieces of a COVID vaccine

One of the scientific breakthroughs that came with the COVID-19 pandemic was the introduction of new vaccine technology, like those used in the Pfizer jabs. A new vaccine plant in Cape Town will now make similar vaccines on local soil, but making these specialised shots often require some hands-on help.

[LISTEN] How to interpret South Africa’s Omicron data

In this podcast, Bhekisisa editor Mia Malan gets to the bottom of the most common questions asked about South Africa’s fourth wave of SARS-CoV-2 infections driven by the Omicron variant. Her guest is Waasila Jassat of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.

[VIDEO] A tale of two mothers: Inside the losses of South Africa’s femicide epidemic

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Over half of all women killed in South Africa are murdered by their partners. Here are stories from two mothers who lost children to...

[VIDEO] Anatomy 101: What COVID does to your heart

Reports of a rare heart condition linked to the Pfizer COVID vaccine should not deter teens from getting the jab.