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The executive director of the National Institute of Communicable Diseases

Jabs deplete vaccine budget but dramatically cut child mortality

Prevenar and Rotarix have emptied paediatric wards but the coverage is still too low.
Stand and deliver: James Francis takes a new approach to working. Standing and working has some health and productivity benefits.

Sitting could be the death of you

Hemingway did it. Churchill did it. So let's do it. Let's all stand up while we work.
The benefits associated with eating placenta are thought to be the result of the nutrients

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.
NHI: GPs polled want to work part-time.

Doctors give NHI a qualified thumbs up

GPs with their own practices are interested in working for the NHI scheme – with caveats.
Sewn up: The ­private sector has built up ­sophisticated ­administration ­systems that the NHI

‘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.
Dr Meshack Mbokota at his private practice in Pretoria. GPs won't be able to work for the NHI from their surgeries.

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.
In 2011

ARVs alone won’t save HIV infected mothers

Access to ARVs is improving, but poor attitudes to patients are aggravating maternal mortality rates.
Truth serum: The M&G Bhekisisa centre aims to avoid disseminating myths.

Comment: Ignorant reporting can be lethal

As the fallout regarding misinformation about vaccines and antiretrovirals shows, words can kill.
New life: Will the NHI bring a glimmer of hope for rural patients?

Comment: Take care over the next hill

What, if anything, does the private healthcare sector have to offer the rural poor?
Bhekisisa bagged five awards at the Discovery Health Journalism Awards on Wednesday night. From left: Amy Green

Bhekisisa: Our health journalism centre is here

The Mail & Guardian has launched its health journalism centre, Bhekisisa. You can find all the details here.
Fikile Magubane lost her son and husband in four months.

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.

Winning missive on health centre’s role

We have a winner from last week's letter competition.
South African doctors are giving antibiotics to healthy patients

Impoverished patients benefit from rejected drug patent

After a seven-year battle, India's government has successfully defended its right to reject drug patents if a medicine doesn't deserve one.
Simple solution: A fixed-dose combination ARV pill should make distribution and patient compliance easier.

State consolidates HIV treatment

New medicine combines ARVs into one pill, making them easier to supply.
Khetukthula Hlongwane was told at her local clinic to buy her own ARVs because it had run out.

Why has Gauteng run out of ARVs?

Patients go without key drugs as the province and suppliers trade blame for antiretroviral shortages.
Bhekisisa bagged five awards at the Discovery Health Journalism Awards on Wednesday night. From left: Amy Green

Bhekisisa: Help us choose a winner

One of our reader letters will win a one-year digital subscription to the Mail & Guardian. Help us decide who deserves it.