Southern Africa


This man blew the lid off the #LifeEsidimeni tragedy. Read what it taught him.

When we got our independence, we did not ask ourselves what kind of ethics this new country needed. SA’s health ombud reflects on his first big case.


SA needs R4-billion to fight this killer virus you may never have heard of

Pontsho Pilane

Newer, lifesaving drugs for South Africa's "silent" killer aren't yet available in the country.


Bureaucracy, power and grants: When a pen may be as mighty as the scalpel

Koot Kotze

Go inside this unspoken ethical dilemma South African doctors face every day.


Supra Mahumapelo's legacy? Closed clinics, drug shortages and millions in debt

Nelisiwe Msomi

Unpaid security firms pull guards out of facilities.


Read: South Africa’s controversial #TobaccoBill

Bhekisisa team

South Africa could become one of a growing number of countries that require plain packaging for cigarettes.


Find out which province is the only one with a plan when it comes to HIV

Roxy de Villiers

It’s been a steep learning curve for provinces that sometimes don’t have the know how — or the data — to write and track local plans.


Almost half of Khayelitsha primary school learners have experienced sexual violence

Joan van Dyk

The youngest children are the ones most at risk — and less likely to report it.


'Gag Rule will slow down the fight against Aids'

Pontsho Pilane

The damage caused by the controversial US policy will only start showing when it’s too late to reverse it, activists and researchers argue.


'In that moment, it was clear Bongani was destined for great things'

Joan van Dyk

Late UCT Medical School dean Bongani Mayosi pioneered the response to a little known but common heart disease at home and across the continent.


Why the world may force women to choose: No birth control, no ARVs

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

A new drug could save 25 000 women living with HIV but could it come at the cost of their babies lives?


New science: Why two pills before and after sex could help to save you from HIV

Mia Malan

Men who have sex with men can now take on-demand pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, safely.


You can't transmit HIV if you take ARVs correctly and are virally suppressed

Mia Malan

Researchers once again confirmed: It’s impossible for HIV-positive people on treatment to transmit the virus through sex — this time among gay men.


​READ: #LifeEsidimeni families shocked and outraged at the re-election of Mahlangu

Bhekisisa team

Former Health MEC ​Qedani Mahlangu is implicated in deadly mismanagement but still survives to be elected into the Provincial Executive Committee.


Mahlangu, Hlongwa elected to top Gauteng ANC body

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The pair continues to survive politically despite being implicated in deadly mismanagement and graft during their tenures as Gauteng health MECs.


Are strong-armed tactics by Big Pharma behind the country’s birth control shortage?

Pontsho Pilane

An international drug maker may have intentionally muscled out local competition to win the bulk of a national birth control tender.


Nelson Mandela’s words about SA’s twin epidemics as true today as in 2004

José Luis Castro

SA has a chance to lead the world in realising Madiba’s dream this September as the United Nations convenes its first high level meeting on TB.


SA slashes new HIV cases by almost half

Joan van Dyk

The country’s investments in HIV treatment and prevention are paying off, leading to huge reductions in new infections


Read: The preliminary findings of South Africa's latest HIV household survey

Bhekisisa team

More than four-million people in the country are now on antiretroviral treatment.


If you possess these 10 qualities, you might be a good fit for a high-stress job

Emma Young

Scientists studied soldiers with PTSD and even children who'd witnessed a great tragedy. Did they unlock the secrets of resilience?


[WATCH] Why do men rape?

Is South Africa breeding a nation of abusers and victims? Mia Malan interrogates why sexual violence in the country is so prevalent.


Gauteng health department unable to trace 20 #LifeEsidimeni patients

Nelisiwe Msomi

Three years later, almost a dozen patients are still missing.


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

Sophie Cousins

In the war on women's bodies, the casualties stretch far beyond US' 50 states.


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

Mia Malan

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.


Does South Africa need a Human Rights Commission?

Joan van Dyk

History repeats as old health emergencies emerge anew. Is the health ombud the person to lead fights the Human Rights Commission started?


Why rape counselling needs to hit the road and other ways to make services better

Nelisiwe Msomi

When people can't get to healthcare, healthcare needs get to them.


Will the NHI actually work?

Mia Malan

Read what Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has up his sleeve for your medical aid.


At a glance: What the National Health Insurance means for you & your pocket

Mia Malan

Two Bills, almost 200 pages may change healthcare forever in SA. Haven't read them? We did the heavy lifting so you don't have to.


Hlongwa responds to SIU report: ‘I arranged to hand myself over to the Hawks’

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The chief whip says recent media reports were first to alert him that the SIU had completed its investigation into alleged corruption under his watch.


Five things the Gauteng health department spent your money on - SIU

Mia Malan

Spa treatments, fancy homes and paperwork — and the list goes on.


Read the Medical Scheme Amendments Bill

Bhekisisa team

Find out what the big changes government may have in store for medical aids.