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Most medical aids won't cover a new

Pregnant? Not on medical aid? You might be footing the bill to bring home...

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Women may be paying the price for decades’ old concessions to the medical aid industry.
(Jessica Bordeau)

Why medical aids are putting the price of a safe delivery on some women’s...

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When medical schemes and the law count conceiving as a pre-existing condition, pregnant women lose.
Why this country is thinking outside the box whene it comes to cervical cancer screening and the HPV vaccine.

Shots, myths & cash: The perilous road to curbing cancer

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Before 2011, this country couldn’t screen for cervical cancer let alone prevent it. Since then everything’s changed.
What to ask politicians as a mother

It’s time to get tough on crime… in our maternity wards?

Women – many of them mothers – constitute more than half of the population. What should moms think of before casting their vote?
In Sierra Leone’s island-bound district of Bonthe

This is what it’s like to give birth in the world’s most dangerous country...

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When a river and several hours of dirt roads stand between you & the nearest hospital, giving birth can be deadly. One nurse is hoping to change that.
A child at a clinic in Bamako. The country’s child mortality rate is among the highest in the world.

This president is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to...

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Mali joins the ranks of countries such as Sierra Leone, South Africa & Burkina Faso to provide free healthcare to moms and tots.
The health department has proposed accrediting public hospitals to provide c-sections as a way of improving the safety of the procedures across the country.

This is putting SA’s women in the grave, so what’s the health department doing...

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Pregnancy in South Africa is getting safer, but still not safe enough. Here’s what the health department says they’re doing about it.
Zimbabwe's tough abortion laws aren't curbing terminations

Inside the illegal abortion market: ‘I nearly touched hell’

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Zimbabwe’s tight abortion laws aren’t curbing demand, they’re driving them underground — and it’s about to get worse.
The struggle to survive bringing a new life into the world is still so real for South African women.

‘HIV testing was compulsory. If you didn’t test, they wouldn’t treat you’

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The struggle to survive pregnancy and death in a land of plenty and poverty hasn’t changed much in the past five years — there are lives to prove it.
A mother delivers via C-section in Mozambique. In South Africa

A changing birth: What’s behind SA’s skyrocketing c-section rates?

Almost one in four babies born at public hospitals come into the world via c-section but is it costing some women their lives?
Despite concerns about the drug

Why science could finally be close to solving this birth control riddle

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We could be just months away from knowing whether Depo-Provera use is linked to a higher risk of HIV infection in women.
People queue in makeshift camps following past threats of xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Today

‘If climate change goes on as is, people will need to be relocated –...

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Few governments are prepared to care for the people forced to leave their countries as a result of conflict or climate change. Here's why.
Men play a crucial role in keeping babies HIV negative.

Love & other drugs: Men could make all the difference in keeping your...

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Men can help to prevent new HIV infections by showing up for their partners. Here’s how:
More than 80 countries around the world have used a simple training programme to help nurses and doctors prevent more infant deaths. Could it work in SA?

Thousands of babies die each year in SA. This could help save them.

A week. That's how long most newborns who die will make it in South Africa. But there may be hope yet for the country's tiniest patients
Find out what women go through in India and the United States to access abortion and contraception.

Tales from Trumpland: Health workers will be forced to bury aborted fetal tissue

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In the war on women's bodies, the casualties stretch far beyond US' 50 states.
South Africa's Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi played a leading role in convening government heads at a United Nations meeting this week.

Think you’re going to opt out of the #NHI when it comes? Think again.

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In June, the health minister released the long-awaited National Health Insurance Bill. What does it mean to you and your medical aid? We tell you.