The world needs midwives, now more than ever

Comment: May 5 is International Midwife Day: a day to acknowledge the vital impact midwives have on maternal health in South Africa.

‘Let private skills come to NHI’s aid’

Mia Malan reports on the challenges of involving medical schemes in the administration of the National Health Insurance scheme.

Doctors give NHI a qualified thumbs up

GPs with their own practices are interested in working for the NHI scheme – with caveats.

NHI pioneers new payment system

In the first of a two-part series about the NHI, Mia Malan reports on state plans to change the rigid reimbursement formula for private doctors.

Comment: Ignorant reporting can be lethal

As the fallout regarding misinformation about vaccines and antiretrovirals shows, words can kill.

ARVs alone won’t save HIV infected mothers

Access to ARVs is improving, but poor attitudes to patients are aggravating maternal mortality rates.

Comment: Take care over the next hill

What, if anything, does the private healthcare sector have to offer the rural poor?

Bhekisisa: Our health journalism centre is here

The Mail & Guardian has launched its health journalism centre, Bhekisisa. You can find all the details here.

Winning missive on health centre’s role

We have a winner from last week's letter competition.

Mother’s vow to ‘save one more teen’

Suicides among teenagers are on the rise, but parents can be taught to spot the warning signs.