SA’s moonlight sonata: The illegal cash cow draining specialist care at...

Specialist doctors at many state facilities aren’t showing up to work despite earning millions of rands a year in taxpayer money. The consequences for patient health can be devastating but not everyone agrees on the solutions.

[WATCH] From the bin to the burn: How COVID vaccines are...

Follow the final days of an expired COVID vaccine as they await their turn in the incinerator.

Tongues & other taboos: Why queer sex ed is good for...

Lesbian teenagers have a lower chance of getting a sexually transmitted infection, but the threat remains. Even though South Africa’s sex education curriculum includes all the right lessons to help pupils of all sexual identities have safe sex in theory, the information that filters through to them is still up to individual teachers.

[LISTEN] Why people who got the smallpox vaccine are less likely...

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South Africa's second monkeypox case was confirmed on Tuesday — a 32-year old man from Cape Town. The first case was confirmed on June 22 and was a male, 30, from Johannesburg. Neither of them have a travel history.

Why SA women with postpartum depression go unhelped

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The social and economic factors faced by women do not disappear once they become pregnant. Without additional support those problems get much worse and can be bad for their families too.

How to get doctors to work outside cities

The unequal distribution of South Africa’s doctors isn’t limited to the public vs private sector gap. Health workers' willingness to work in rural areas plays a role too. Most medical school graduates end up settling in urban areas.

Why we’re saying goodbye to our daily COVID updates

Bhekisisa has published a COVID-19 infographic every day for more than two years. This project is now coming to an end. Find out what it took to distil the health department’s data into bite-sized chunks.

Come work with us: We’re hiring 2 reporters and 1 engagement...

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Bhekisisa has vacancies for two more health journalists and one engagement officer.

Meet the health workers saving lives – earning a measly R670...

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What do you do when there aren’t enough rural doctors? In Zimbabwe, village healthcare workers, trained over three weeks, are plugging the gaps.

Karoo dust, diet & diabetes: Why ‘lifestyle disease’ is an unfair...

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Diabetes is different from other non-communicable diseases, this author says. It can’t be spread in a literal sense — instead, it is often forced upon people by factors beyond their control. What happens when you have no say on your genetics or all you can afford is processed food?