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Fewer pregnant women in South Africa die during pregnancy and giving birth or soon thereafter compared with 2009 – but the country’s maternal mortality ratio needs to be cut in half by 2030 if it wants to meet United Nations goals.

Giving birth has become less dangerous in South Africa

But will the country be able to half its maternal mortality ratio by 2030 - in time to achieve its sustainable development goal?
The new president loves a good walk but will he put his money where his mouth is to pay up for better health for all?

The Ronald McDonald socks aside…How serious is Cyril about South Africans’ health?

The new commander-in-chief has made promises, but how likely is he to deliver?
Trump’s global ‘gag rule’ may mean increased unintended pregnancies

Loophole could protect South African organisations from US gag rule on abortions

Experts say confusion over the rights of local healthcare workers to provide the service while receiving US funds only benefits Trump administration.

So, can or can’t South Africans tell government how sex work should be regulated?

Activists have been told that government wants to hear their views, but without draft legislation their input is of little value.

South African Aids council stands by national sex worker plan

Human rights and access to healthcare remain paramount in the country's response.
South Africa's new HIV plan will guide the country for the next five years but the real story may not be what’s in the plan but

Has South Africa’s new HIV plan been captured?

The new strategy is the first in a decade that does not advocate for the decriminalisation of sex work.
Detainees at the Lindela Repatriation Centre. Civil society organisations fear the centre's track record on health and human rights bodes poorly for asylum seeker processing centres slated for the country's borders

Rough welcome: Could South Africa’s new border detention centres turn deadly?

Experts warn that the country’s overburdened asylum system could leave people trapped at ‘processing centres’ for years.
The report says at least 22 executions took place in five African countries in 2016

Numbers of Africans sentenced to die soars

More than 1 000 Nigerians languish on death row.
Bhekisisa health reporter Pontsho Pilane was also named Vodacom Young Journalist of the Year in 2016

Bhekisisa journalist scoops impactAfrica award

Reporter Pontsho Pilane has been recognised for her reporting on menstruation.
A Stats SA report stated that only 24.4% of deaths in 2015 were of married people

Do single people wind up dead sooner in South Africa?

A recent article suggested that single South Africans can live longer by getting married, based on Statistics SA mortality data.
South Africans are disillusioned by government's lack of service delivery.

Why South Africa is sad – and getting sadder

War-torn Somalia spent more than two decades without a working Parliament, so why are Somalis happier than South Africans?
Medical student Inati Mcapazeli studies a chest x-ray at Cape Town’s Brooklyn Chest Hospital on World TB Day 2012.

We can achieve a TB-free South Africa, but it’s time to pick up the...

Today, SA is seeing fewer new TB cases and deaths than ever before.
'Bluetoothing': Is this drug fad really happening in South Africa?video

‘Bluetoothing’: Is this drug fad really happening in South Africa?

Pictures of drug users injecting themselves with the blood of others have gone viral in SA.
A participant of the HVTN 702 HIV vaccine trial receives her first dose ahead of the public launch of the vaccine in 2016.

What’s next for South Africa’s experimental HIV vaccine

If it works, the world's latest HIV vaccine candidate may make it to market quicker than we think - and become a routine childhood vaccination
In many countries

Forced sterilisations rob African women of more than just motherhood

The ability to bear children continues to decide many women's social standing and inheritance.
Antiretrovirals are changing. In the future

Will South Africa reach its 90-90-90 HIV targets?

The country has made progress with its plans to prevent, treat and monitor HIV but still has a long way to go.