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Election promises: African Christian Democratic Party

Governments have the power to decide whether people live or die when it comes to health. On 29 May your vote will determine how well South Africa’s post-election government will look after your health. We’ve launched a series of analyses to break down what parties say they will do to fix the country’s health system.

Health Beat #18 | 3 decades and 6 ministers: How is SA’s healthcare system...

From struggles and scandals to feats and forward thinking — South Africa’s health system has seen it all over the past 30 years. In this month’s Health Beat, we ask public officials, activists, health workers, legal experts and ordinary citizens to look back on how things have changed — and what it means for the future of healthcare in the country.

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South African Federation for Mental Health training on mental health advocacy and media engagementDate: 2023/11/15Location: OnlineUNAids and fraycollege media training session on HIV dataDate: 2023/10/26Location: Johannesburg Africa...

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Our 10 most-read stories of 2022

Before the festive season kicks off, take a look at Bhekisisa’s most-read stories of 2022.
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Is a safe, legal abortion a human right?

Abortions became legal in South Africa almost three decades ago. Yet we still have plenty of unsafe, illegal abortions. Why? Mia Malan speaks to physician Tlaleng Mofokeng in this podcast.

‘Add human rights defender to your resume’: How Tlaleng Mofokeng uses medicine to treat...

When doctors treat women as people, rather than a collection of organs and ailments, the practice of medicine can be a powerful tool to restore people’s dignity.

Health Beat #2 | [Exclusive interview] Could the world’s biggest state HIV fund be...

The United States government has appointed the first African head of its Aids fund, Pepfar. John Nkengasong, a Cameroonian virologist with US citizenship, will need to establish the potential impact of America’s change in abortion legislation on Pepfar funding rules.

Could new abortion rules in the US affect the world’s biggest state HIV fund?

The United States government has appointed the first African head of its Aids fund, Pepfar. John Nkengasong, a Cameroonian virologist with US citizenship, will need to establish the potential impact of America’s change in abortion legislation on Pepfar funding rules.
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When all else fails: Why people opt for backstreet abortions

Abortion is legal in South Africa. But bad treatment, stigma, a lack of privacy and long waiting periods for abortions at government clinics can drive people to illegal providers. A reproductive health researcher and an abortion doctor explain backroom abortions and what can be done to make it easier to go the safe route instead.

Could nurses track domestic violence from stomach pains and headaches?

The government had a plan to build domestic violence care into clinic services more than two decades ago – nothing ever came of it. Researcher Lisa Vetten argues it’s not too late to bring the long forgotten project back to life.

[WATCH] The personal is political: 3 ways US abortion politics could affect SA

America’s highest court – the Supreme Court – looks set to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalised abortions in the United States. What sort of ripple effect will that have in SA? Legally, none. But there are other ways we could be affected.

Abortions 101: Here’s which pills, tools and terms to know if you plan to...

The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act makes abortion legal in South Africa. But how far along your pregnancy is determines whether you can get an abortion, what type of termination would be best for you and who should perform it. Abortion experts Melusi Dhlamini and Boitumelo Lewele explain the ins and outs of how abortions work in South Africa.

Here’s what will happen in SA if the US reverses abortion rights

In the United States, the end of national abortion rights could be closer than we think. In South Africa, laws to permit terminations don’t have to be in trouble – people struggle to get abortions anyway.

The gag rule, God and other reasons women struggle to access contraceptive services

Unintended pregnancy rates of women aged 15 to 49 years are nearly three times higher in Africa than in Europe or North America. Here are some of the reasons why.

Fake abortion providers are online too. Here’s how to spot them

Abortion has been legal in South Africa for more than 25 years. Yet illegal providers continue to put people’s lives at risk. Dubious providers can exploit platforms like Google Search and Facebook to advertise their services. Tshinondiwa Ramaite from the reproductive health organisation, Ipas, explains how to spot ads from a bogus clinic.