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The mother of four-year-old Themba died weeks after his birth. He is being raised by his grandmother Sophie

When mother is snatched away, Gogo picks up the pieces

South Africa's maternal mortality rate leaves the elderly to deal with its consequences, with many unable to keep up.
Bhekisisa's first fellowship is coming to end and fellow

Bhekisisa journalism fellowships

Bhekisisa's first fellowship is coming to end and fellow, Sydney Masinga, speaks about his experience. If you're an interested journalist apply now.
Protection needed: Malaria kills more than a million poeple in the world every year - mostly children and preganant women

Our leaders must keep their word

Though progress has been made, Africa must continue the fight against Aids, TB and malaria.
Necessary care: Children who suffer from disabilities are often neglected and hidden away.

Vital service reaches far too few

Rehabilitation plans for the thousands of people with disabilities must be included in the NHI.
Women

Contraceptive policy overhauled

A new look at family planning, especially among teens in South Africa, is on the cards.
A group of El Salvadoran mothers receive training in kangaroo mother care at a maternity hospital in San Salvador.

Infant care leaps forward with a lesson from kangaroos

A simple practice that benefits all newborns is also bringing down mortality rates.
The new woman's condom is thinner and softer than the original female condom and its rounded cap makes it easier to insert.

China comes to Africa’s medical aid

Hopes are high that the new partnership will ensure easy, cheaper access to vaccines and medicine.

Sub-Saharan Africa ranks lowest for mothers

Having a baby in sub-Saharan Africa is riskier than anywhere else according to the latest State of the World's Mothers report.
The benefits associated with eating placenta are thought to be the result of the nutrients

The world needs midwives, now more than ever

May 5 is International Midwife Day: a day to acknowledge the vital impact midwives have on maternal health in South Africa.
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.
It takes an average 26 weeks to analyse the alcohol blood test results from the time they are dispatched by a police station.

Promoting good health makes cents

The establishment of a health promotion body in SA would save lives — and billions of rands.
The benefits associated with eating placenta are thought to be the result of the nutrients

Expanding contraceptive options for SA’s women

The long-acting implant contraceptive Jadelle is being made available at 50% of its original price to women in developing countries.
Allocations for healthcare are set from an inequitable base that predates 1994. This means that rural areas continue to be inadequately provided for in the government's budget.

Economic policy: The poor still lose

Allocations for healthcare are set from an inequitable base that predates 1994. This means that rural areas continue to be inadequately provided for in the government's budget.

M&G Health Journalism Centre

Bhekisisa aims to improve health reporting not only at the M&G but also at media houses across the continent.
Surviving the process of childbirth is still a battle for many women in Africa.

Birth, a measure of progress

Reducing maternal and newborn mortality has to be a priority if Africa is to reach its potential.

Rural hospitals in terminal crisis

Accessing healthcare in this rural town has never been easy. Shortages of staff as well as medical equipment makes it difficult for this hospital to function.