Southern Africa


Why do governments trust Big Pharma more than their citizens?

Joan van Dyk

Italy has come up with a plan to slash the cost of medicines by May. But for the strategy to work, they need everyone to get on board.


Could HIV treatment become as simple as a once-a-month injection?

If you're newly diagnosed with HIV the future of your treatment looks bright.


This is what it's like waking up during surgery

David Robson

General anaesthetic is supposed to make surgery painless. Now there’s evidence that one person in 20 may be awake when doctors think they’re under.


Seven things that will make you think twice about the cost of medicine

Joan van Dyk

Life-saving medicines are out of reach for many patients but a World Health Organisation meeting held in Johannesburg this week could change that.


Meet the man behind the search for his child who died on #Bosasa’s watch

Joan van Dyk

When this toddler died at Leratong Hospital, his body disappeared. Here’s what happened when his parents went back there more than a decade later.


How to use a before-and-after-sex pill to protect you from HIV - if you’re a gay man

Dylan Bush, Mia Malan

Men who have sex with men can now take PrEP before and after sex and be protected from HIV. Here's how it works.


Did the Health Professions Council trade cash for qualifications?

Roxy de Villiers

If allegations prove true, it may mean that corruption at the regulator enabled unqualified people to masquerade as doctors and nurses.


One she called the 'minister of love'. The other? He was the 'minister of finance'.

Nelisiwe Msomi

Since the country’s rollout, less than a quarter of people who’ve started taking the HIV prevention pill are young women — despite high HIV rates.


This kills more South Africans than any other disease. There’s a new way to stop it

Gavin Churchyard

One in four people carry this potentially deadly bug? Now a new shorter treatment can prevent it from making you sick.


Trump expands global gag rule that blocks US aid for abortion groups

Julian Borger

Policy bans aid going to foreign groups that support abortion rights as secretary of state Pompeo says: ‘This is decent and right’


[LISTEN] You bank your money each month, so why not bank your breast milk?

Gavin Fischer, Mia Malan

We always tell moms breast is best but sometimes milk doesn't come when babies do. This breast milk bank is filling in these gaps.


Anyone can catch this drug-resistant bug. Surviving treatment is another story.

Kristen van Schie

For years, catching this drug-resistant bacteria meant painful treatment that risked your hearing and mental health. Now, that could be changing.


Undercover researchers went into doctors' rooms. You won't believe what they found.

Joan van Dyk

New research may finally tell us why SA is always among the first to sound the alarm over drug-resistant strains.


Bosasa to dead toddler's family: If you want answers, you'll have to PAIA us

Joan van Dyk

About 15 years after their son died while illegally detained at a deportation centre outside Johannesburg, this family still hasn't found his grave.


Did the apartheid government inject black people with HIV? We look to science.

Mia Malan

This month, the New African boasts a shocking headline: "We deliberately spread Aids in South Africa." Could that be true?


Men, the HIV prevention pill just got easier. Get the '2-1-1' on what to know

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Men who have sex with men can now safely use the HIV prevention pill before and after sex, instead of every day.


‘I thought I’d breastfeed my baby for a year. That dream was short-lived’

Indira Govender

We tell moms to exclusively breastfeed. But we don’t tell them about all the things that get in the way of that, including depression.


When climate change & health collide: Will SA's policy have the teeth — or the money?

Garret Barnwell

Previously, the health department dedicated about R180 000 per year to respond to what is arguably the greatest threat humankind has ever faced.


Are foreigners really entitled to free healthcare in South Africa?

Sasha Stevenson

Recent national and Gauteng memos demanding all foreign patients pay in full for services likely fell foul of the law.


Think criminalising sex work is in the best interest of people? Think again

Mia Malan

In 2003, New Zealand did away with all laws against consensual adult sex work. Activists say South Africa can take a few lessons from it.


Could this drug one day come out of the club and onto your therapist's couch?

Molly Carlyle

Ecstasy users are more empathetic than those who take other drugs – even when not on it.


This popular birth control shot is out of stock for the second year running. Read why

Joan van Dyk

Women who have been forced to go without their usual birth control shot are now facing the consequences of months-long shortages.


Southern Africa's missing drug users: We can't treat what we don't count

Catherine Sozi

No one really knows how many people inject drugs in east and southern Africa and that's a bigger problem than you think.


Billions lost: Doctors, hospitals and medical aid members collude to commit fraud

Roxy de Villiers

The Special Investigating Unit says it is actively targeting fraudsters in the private healthcare sector.


[WATCH] Busted: Three myths about drug addiction

Joan van Dyk, Dylan Bush

If you think shutting down needle exchange programmes will keep your city free of contaminated needles, think again.


'HIV is my unwanted pregnancy'

Bhuti Poz

If you are a man who has sex with men, the HIV prevention pill just keeps getting better. Find out how.


What to do about South Africa's unemployed doctors

Russell Rensburg

It’s official. Austerity budgets may be here to stay. Here’s how South Africa should be working with what it’s got to provide healthcare.


#Budget2019: Will it lead to more doctors being sued for negligence?

Daniel McLaren

Legal claims against the department now amount to more than half of some provincial health budgets. Less money now will only mean more claims later.


#Budget2019: How this could have netted the country 17.1-billion — & saved lives

Find out why Mboweni's R1.14 hike won't be enough to cut smoking, save lives or bring in much-needed cash.


He would ransom the pills for something more precious than profit: His wife’s life

Joan van Dyk

When a few months of treatment costs as much as a house, some patients are taking their lives and the law into their own hands to survive.