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.
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.
For years, catching this drug-resistant bacteria meant painful treatment that risked your hearing and mental health. Now, that could be changing.
The Bafana Bafana coach’s only option is victory, which will propel the team into the Africa Cup of Nations and secure his job
Women who have been forced to go without their usual birth control shot are now facing the consequences of months-long shortages.
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.
Bosasa bribed its way into contracts. Meet the four-year-old who paid the price.
Virtual reality isn’t just for video games anymore. It’s revolutionising medicine, including the way we manage pain.
Almost one in four babies born at public hospitals come into the world via c-section but is it costing some women their lives?
Does sex work legislation have an impact on gender-based violence and HIV infection rates? We traveled to Amsterdam and Durban to find out.
We could be just months away from knowing whether Depo-Provera use is linked to a higher risk of HIV infection in women.
In a country where pipes can stop short of reaching home, cheap sachets of water sold on the street could be an unlikely solution, but at what cost?
The substances that cause cancer leave their fingerprints behind. Now, the world may be closer than ever to unravelling the clues hidden in our DNA.
Are faith-based NGOs breaking the law when they refuse to give women information on where to terminate their pregnancies?
In the wake of acid attacks, victims — often women — can feel hopeless. Now, women around the world are fighting back.
Take a look at the newest HIV treatment set to hit South Africa's shores in 2019.
Scientists studied soldiers with PTSD and even children who'd witnessed a great tragedy. Did they unlock the secrets of resilience?
Climate change and air pollution could be conspiring against the continent, and fuelling new levels of death and disease.
In the war on women's bodies, the casualties stretch far beyond US' 50 states.
History repeats as old health emergencies emerge anew. Is the health ombud the person to lead fights the Human Rights Commission started?
A mother's love led her to South Africa to find a school for her son with autism.
Find out how drug users banded together to use a simple injection to save thousands of lives.
Ebola wiped out nearly 10% of Liberia’s doctors and nurses. Take a look at life for those it left behind.
When bringing a new life into the world risks taking another, even old traditions have to adopt new ways.
Speaking more than one language could lead to better tests scores and even being a more empathetic person.
A month after she was wheeled out of a North West hospital in a barrow, Ntombizodwa Matthews met her end. Her family blames politics for her death.
They thought they were signing up for a dream but it turned out to be a trafficking nightmare.
Are social media algorithms designed to prey the mental health of women and people of colour?
When TB strikes, the fight to live can come at the cost of a way of life for the country's nomads. This could help ease the pain.
In Rwanda, schoolgirls can now buy locally produced, cheaper sanitary towels
We invite you to our Policy Dialogue at the 9th annual Aids Conference.
Bhekisisa editor Mia Malan asks reproductive health doctor Tlaleng Mofokeng why older men prey on younger women.
Bhekisisa means "to scrutinise" in isiZulu
In South Africa, Zulu patients who would like to be thoroughly assessed by a doctor, would ask the physician to "bhekisisa" them.