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SA needs R4-billion to fight this killer virus you may never have heard of

Pontsho Pilane

Newer, lifesaving drugs for South Africa's "silent" killer aren't yet available in the country.


Supra Mahumapelo's legacy? Closed clinics, drug shortages and millions in debt

Nelisiwe Msomi

Unpaid security firms pull guards out of facilities.


Read: South Africa’s controversial #TobaccoBill

Bhekisisa team

South Africa could become one of a growing number of countries that require plain packaging for cigarettes.


Find out which province is the only one with a plan when it comes to HIV

Roxy de Villiers

It’s been a steep learning curve for provinces that sometimes don’t have the know how — or the data — to write and track local plans.


Almost half of Khayelitsha primary school learners have experienced sexual violence

Joan van Dyk

The youngest children are the ones most at risk — and less likely to report it.


'In that moment, it was clear Bongani was destined for great things'

Joan van Dyk

Late UCT Medical School dean Bongani Mayosi pioneered the response to a little known but common heart disease at home and across the continent.


'Gag Rule will slow down the fight against Aids'

Pontsho Pilane

The damage caused by the controversial US policy will only start showing when it’s too late to reverse it, activists and researchers argue.


New science: Why two pills before and after sex could help to save you from HIV

Mia Malan

Men who have sex with men can now take on-demand pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, safely.


You can't transmit HIV if you take ARVs correctly and are virally suppressed

Mia Malan

Researchers once again confirmed: It’s impossible for HIV-positive people on treatment to transmit the virus through sex — this time among gay men.


​READ: #LifeEsidimeni families shocked and outraged at the re-election of Mahlangu

Bhekisisa team

Former Health MEC ​Qedani Mahlangu is implicated in deadly mismanagement but still survives to be elected into the Provincial Executive Committee.


WATCH: Live discussion at #AIDS2018 on leadership for HIV primary prevention

Bhekisisa team

Watch as our Mia Malan moderates the discussion.


Mahlangu, Hlongwa elected to top Gauteng ANC body

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The pair continues to survive politically despite being implicated in deadly mismanagement and graft during their tenures as Gauteng health MECs.


Are strong-armed tactics by Big Pharma behind the country’s birth control shortage?

Pontsho Pilane

An international drug maker may have intentionally muscled out local competition to win the bulk of a national birth control tender.


SA slashes new HIV cases by almost half

Joan van Dyk

The country’s investments in HIV treatment and prevention are paying off, leading to huge reductions in new infections


Read: The preliminary findings of South Africa's latest HIV household survey

Bhekisisa team

More than four-million people in the country are now on antiretroviral treatment.


Gauteng health department unable to trace 20 #LifeEsidimeni patients

Nelisiwe Msomi

Three years later, almost a dozen patients are still missing.


Read: The Competition Commission’s findings on the private healthcare sector

Bhekisisa team

South Africa's first inquiry into the private healthcare market blew the lid off where your medical aid premiums are really going.


Why rape counselling needs to hit the road and other ways to make services better

Nelisiwe Msomi

When people can't get to healthcare, healthcare needs get to them.


Afraid of death? Take comfort that you’ll live on in varied and surprising ways

Moheb Costandi

Most of us would rather not know what happens to our bodies after death. But that breakdown gives birth to new life in unexpected ways.


At a glance: What the National Health Insurance means for you & your pocket

Mia Malan

Two Bills, almost 200 pages may change healthcare forever in SA. Haven't read them? We did the heavy lifting so you don't have to.


Hlongwa responds to SIU report: ‘I arranged to hand myself over to the Hawks’

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The chief whip says recent media reports were first to alert him that the SIU had completed its investigation into alleged corruption under his watch.


Read Brian Hlongwa's response to the SIU report

Bhekisisa team

Allegations of graft during his tenure as Gauteng health MEC aren’t new, says ANC Gauteng chief whip. In fact, they’re talked about regularly.


READ: Aaron Motsoaledi's speech on major changes to medical aids

M&G Reporter

The health minister has presented the Medical Schemes Amendment and National Health Insurance Bills


Five things the Gauteng health department spent your money on - SIU

Mia Malan

Spa treatments, fancy homes and paperwork — and the list goes on.


Limos & spas: SIU reveals details of ANC chief whip Hlongwa's role in R1.2b graft

When he was the Gauteng Health MEC, Brian Hlongwa brought the department to its knees, the Special Investigations Unit has found.


Read the Medical Scheme Amendments Bill

Bhekisisa team

Find out what the big changes government may have in store for medical aids.


Health department expects to be sued over proposed NHI changes

‘I can’t mention who are the parties I am expecting litigation from but I can assure I know who they are.'


Watch live: Motsoaledi presents the National Health Insurance Bill

Bhekisisa team

The health minister unveils the National Health Insurance Bill at a press conference in Pretoria.


Read the National Health Insurance Bill

Bhekisisa team

The Bill is the first step towards learning how the government plans to fund its shift towards universal health care.


Your medical aid is going to change. Read Aaron Motsoaledi's #NHI speech

Bhekisisa team

New legislation will abolish co-payments and may look to go after medical aid scheme reserves.