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If you need an ambulance this festive season, what are your chances of getting one?

Nelisiwe Msomi

Take a look at the results of our latest national survey of how many state ambulances South Africa has on the road.


'Boys club' culture at UNAids allowed for sexual harassment and bullying - report

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The investigation of an independent panel recommends reviewing whether UNAids executive director Michel Sidibé should continue in his role.


Should you believe the latest smoking figures from this tobacco-funded non-profit?

Naphtali Khumalo

Claim: 49% of men and 34.1% of women in South Africa smoke tobacco. Is this true? Africa Check investigates.


This bracelet could one day help keep you safe from rape, assaults

Roxy de Villiers

How do you fix South Africa’s sexual and reproductive health wrongs? Help people access their rights.


Durban delays re-opening of city's only needle exchange programme

Joan van Dyk

The project’s closure six months ago forced some injecting drug users to share needles and risk infections such as HIV and Hepatitis C.


How do you say 'queer' in isiZulu?

Roxy de Villiers

Qhawekhazi (isiXhosa) noun. Heroine / the woman who is a hero with the courage to love another woman.


Could your favourite birth control put you at risk of HIV?

Kristen van Schie

We could be just months away from knowing whether Depo-Provera use is linked to a higher risk of HIV infection in women.


Estranged bedfellows: Why the private sector remains wary of universal healthcare

Joan van Dyk

Globally, one in four private healthcare groups surveyed won’t work with governments.


'If climate change goes on as is, people will need to be relocated – we need a plan'

Joan van Dyk

Few governments are prepared to care for the people forced to leave their countries as a result of conflict or climate change. Here's why.


WATCH: How far is South Africa in the fight against HIV and TB? Find out.

Bhekisisa team

South Africa boasts the world’s largest HIV treatment programme but are provinces ready to take the lead?


SA to launch plan to tackle gender-based violence. Read Ramaphosa's speech here.

Bhekisisa team

"Twenty-thousand people were killed in the past year. The majority of killers and victims are men," Ramaphosa says at summit.


Transgender healthcare: What to know before you hit the waiting room

Nelisiwe Msomi

Finding gender-affirming care can be tough but there are some tips and resources to help.


Hlongwa, Mahlangu remain on high-level ANC body despite ban on public office

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Read the ANC Gauteng executive committee statement on embattled former health MECs Brian Hlongwa and Qedani Mahlangu as well as former Emfuleni mayor.


Go inside a day in our newsroom: The realities of donor-funded journalism

Mia Malan

What’s a day in a donor-funded journalism centre like? Mia Malan reveals all in her latest article for the journal of African Journalism Studies.


The National Health Insurance: Who's in, who's out and how much will it cost

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The NHI was the centre of this weekend’s presidential health summit. Now the pressure is mounting for Treasury to figure out how to fund it.


SIU hones in on healthcare sector: 'Prosecutions have to follow'

Bhekisisa team

After two days of deliberations on the National Health Insurance, delegates are expected to summarise findings and present the way forward.


Mabuza: ‘The NHI must not negate private health schemes for those who desire them’

Bhekisisa team

Read what Deputy President David Mabuza had to say about primary health care and the NHI in his Presidential Health Summit speech.


Watch live: Mabuza, Motsoaledi meet with unions and private sector to discuss NHI

Bhekisisa team

Motsoaledi is expected to join experts, academics and business to discuss how NHI will be financed and the private sector's involvement.


One year on: Relive SA's historic Life Esidimeni arbitration

The deaths of at least 144 mental health patients shook SA to its core and led to a historic arbitration that lasted more than 40 days.


Minister condemns plans for first LGBTI centre as ‘criminal act’

Samuel Okiror

Ugandan campaigners are warned they will break the country's anti-homosexuality law if they open the safe space.


The tobacco industry says vaping is 95% safer than smoking. Should you believe it?

Joan van Dyk

Find out what you need to know with this latest article in our series separating tobacco fact from fiction.


People are still being shackled and tortured for living with this disease

Roxy de Villiers

The Life Esidimeni tragedy makes headlines again in a new global report.


What you need to know about SA’s historic liver transplant from an HIV-positive donor

Bhekisisa team

How could a baby get an organ from a person living with HIV and not automatically contract the virus? The experts weigh in.


Why this legal drug may put you at risk for a killer infectious disease

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

That tot or two might be putting you at risk for...an infectious disease? Find out what you need to know.


WATCH: SA conducts first ever transplant from HIV-positive mom to HIV-negative child

Bhekisisa team

Watch live as the University of the Witwatersrand announces this groundbreaking liver transplant.


Showdown: SA takes on the US for cheaper drugs

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

When the US went to bat for Big Pharma in the fight against this killer disease, South Africa wasn’t having any of it. Here’s what happened next.


SA experimental TB vaccine is the first in almost a century to slash new TB cases

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Scroll down to read the latest trial results as part of our live blog from the UN's recent high level meeting on TB


What to expect from the world’s first high-level UN meeting on TB

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Ramaphosa and Motsoaledi are expected to draw high praise at a UN meeting this week. Find out why.


Did Big Tobacco buy Twitter?

Joan van Dyk

There's more to the data — and social media — backing the latest tobacco-funded ad campaign.