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Healthcare Summit: Creating a culture of problem solvers in our health facilities

Find out how one public hospital reduced waiting times by 86% and maternal mortality by almost as much — all while going home two...

Waiting game: Why a home away from home for pregnant women could be a...

When hospitals are few and far between, these shelters become homes away from home for expecting mothers. Find out how countries around the world are getting mothers to book in for better births starting right here close to home.

Meet Zweli Mkhize, the man behind SA’s #COVID-19 response

Can the health minister fix our health system and what will it take? Here’s what Mkhize’s character, views and his past experience as a doctor tell us.

Will the National Health Insurance Bill go far enough to prevent corruption?

The National Health Insurance Bill was released on 8 August but a look at how well our mothers – and our finances – do in the public health sector does not bode well. Uncover the figures and the power structures that will shape the future of healthcare in South Africa. 
Zweli Mkhize

READ: Mkhize’s speech on the National Health Insurance & women

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize spoke at an exclusive Bhekisisa event for editors on 6 August about the National Health Insurance and what it means for reproductive justice.
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[READ] The Gauteng health department’s budget speech 2019/20

Health MEC Bandile Masuku tables his inaugural budget before the Gauteng Provincial Legislature. In the speech, areas such as health facility upgrades and security...
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The WHO, the drug & women’s right to choose: The story behind dolutegravir

Take a look at the newest HIV treatment set to hit South Africa's shores in 2019.

Could a National Health Insurance Fund be just months away?

The time for talk is over, said Zweli Mkhize in his first budget speech as health minister. But if you thought that Cabinet's approval of the National Health Insurance Bill was the end of discussions, here's why you’re wrong.
The Bhekisisa team

It’s official: Bhekisisa is going solo

Today, we set out on our own after calling the Mail & Guardian home for more than half a decade.
A teenager receives a vaccination

How this country is beating anti-vaxxers at their own game

One in three French people think vaccines are unsafe. Here's how the country is fighting antivaxxers through social media.
People say Depro-Provera is popular. Walking into a clinic and getting the only birth control available isn't a choice, it isn't about popularity. it’s a sign of a problem with the choices offered to women.

After Echo: ‘Life for young women navigating puberty is gruesome’

We've proven Depo Provera doesn't make it easier to contract HIV. But African women are still left with too few contraceptive choices.
Most medical aids won't cover a new

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

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...

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

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...

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.