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Whose National Health Insurance is it anyway? Taking back the power

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Compass: Charting the course to a National Health Insurance Public comment on the NHI Bill has closed, but there are other ways you can add...

More than just a footnote: ‘African authors are under-represented as first authors — positions...

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A survey of 198 global health organisations showed that nearly 90% were headquartered in North America or Western Europe, with boards dominated by men. COMMENT The field of...
A pregnant woman sits on a hospital bed.

Headaches, heartaches & pregnancy: Could this stem preeclampsia’s deadly tide?

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This silent killer stalks expecting mothers around the world and is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality in South Africa. But still,...
No man’s land: People gather behind a barbed wire fence in a temporary settlement on the Myanmar border. When governments fail, aid organisations step in. But who should they report to? (Ye Aung Thu, AFP)

The price of aid: Who is watching whom?

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When governments fail and health systems falter, aid agencies take over. But who holds them accountable? COMMENT After years of teaching in Ethiopia, Somalia and Sierra Leone,...
Trumped: The US takes its controversial stances over abortion to the United Nations. (Shealah Craighead)

SA US face-off over the world’s first declaration on universal healthcare

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The US takes its controversial stances over abortion to the United Nations (Photo: Shealah Craighead)

Healthcare Summit: Creating a culture of problem solvers in our health facilities

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Find out how one public hospital reduced waiting times by 86% and maternal mortality by almost as much — all while going home two...

Waiting game: Why a home away from home for pregnant women could be a...

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When hospitals are few and far between, these shelters become homes away from home for expecting mothers. Find out how countries around the world...
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize

Meet Zweli Mkhize, the man behind SA’s #COVID-19 response

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Follow the country's health minister's journey from trainee doctor to his current role leading the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in this feature from...

Will the National Health Insurance Bill go far enough to prevent corruption?

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The National Health Insurance Bill was released on 8 August but a look at how well our mothers – and our finances – do...
Zweli Mkhize

READ: Mkhize’s speech on the National Health Insurance & women

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize spoke at an exclusive Bhekisisa event for editors on 6 August about the National Health Insurance and what it means...

READ: The Gauteng health department’s budget speech 2019/20

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Health MEC Bandile Masuku tables his inaugural budget before the Gauteng Provincial Legislature. In the speech, areas such as health facility upgrades and security...
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The WHO, the drug & women’s right to choose: The story behind dolutegravir

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Take a look at the newest HIV treatment set to hit South Africa's shores in 2019.

Could a National Health Insurance Fund be just months away?

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The time for talk is over, said Zweli Mkhize in his first budget speech as health minister. But if you thought that Cabinet's approval...
The Bhekisisa team

It’s official: Bhekisisa is going solo

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Today, we set out on our own after calling the Mail & Guardian home for more than half a decade. I remember the...
A teenager receives a vaccination

How this country is beating anti-vaxxers at their own game

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One in three French people think vaccines are unsafe, yet vaccine coverage in the country is rising. Here’s how they do it. In February...
People say Depro-Provera is popular. Walking into a clinic and getting the only birth control available isn't a choice, it isn't about popularity. it’s a sign of a problem with the choices offered to women.

After Echo: ‘Life for young women navigating puberty is gruesome’

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We've proven Depo Provera doesn't make it easier to contract HIV. But African women are still left with too few contraceptive choices.