Opinion


Man who created the first GMO babies is missing but his discovery could haunt us all

Joyce Harper

Chinese scientist He Jiankui claims to have engineered the world’s first genetically-modified babies. Did he unleash one of science’s worst fears?


Could R100 a month be enough to keep South Africa’s young women HIV free?

Catherine Sozi

In a world hemmed in by patriarchy and poverty, cash transfers could be the missing link in SA’s HIV prevention programmes.


Are foreigners stealing your jobs and healthcare? Find out.

Bhekisisa Reporters

A 'foreign threat’ could be a convenient boogeyman in an election season where politicians will face questions about their failures. Or not?


Antibiotic resistance: Three ways to stop the rise of the superbugs

Tim Jinks

We are facing possibly the greatest health threat of our time: drug-resistant infections. But here's why there's hope the world can change course.


Company with false HIV 'cure' admits trial was not registered with regulatory body

Sanele Ngcobo

Zion Medical can't explain the poor treatment Ugandan patients got as part of its 'trial' and its recent announcement may have added to the harm.


Is your phone tainted by the misery of the 35 000 children in Congo's mines?

Siddharth Kara

Our computers and phones keep us connected but a key ingredient in them keeps children as young as six locked in a vicious cycle for about R26 a day.


Mboweni, take a chance and take back the tax — it’s time to hike tobacco taxes

Savera Kalideen

In his speech, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni reprioritised millions for new health workers and hospital upgrades. Here’s what he needs to do next.


This kills more than 700 of us each day. Now, the UN wants to do something about it.

Yogan Pillay

In a historic first, the UN just held a high-level meeting on TB. There was one on lifestyle diseases too. But did these sittings achieve anything?


Is this the Bill the alcohol industry doesn't want you to see?

Michelle du Toit

South Africa is one of the hardest drinking countries in the world, but legislation to stop it been under wraps for over five years.


How South Africa convinced the world to take TB seriously

Aaron Motsoaledi

Heads of state discussed one of the world's biggest killers in New York this week — and it was Aaron Motsoaledi who got them together.


Show us the data: Bhekisisa responds to #BigTobacco

Bhekisisa Reporters

Dear Tisa, you have a point but we’ve got a reason to be wary.


'I thought drug users just made bad choices. Then this happened'

Until two years ago, it was Sibonelo Gumede’s job to help developers get rid of people who used drugs in neighbourhoods. Then his life changed.


When it comes to vaccines, there really is safety in numbers. Here's why

Keith Klugman

Turns out it takes a village to raise a child but also to protect them.


How US scientists thought your period was poisonous

Anna Dahlqvist

Anna Dahlqvist reflects on a short history of a messy 'problem', or how the world taught you to fear your period.


Dying with dignity is priceless. Oddly enough, it may also be more cost-effective.

Helena Dolny

Letting doctors know what type of end-of-life care you’re comfortable with results in a more dignified death and lower hospital costs.


This man blew the lid off the #LifeEsidimeni tragedy. Read what it taught him.

When we got our independence, we did not ask ourselves what kind of ethics this new country needed. SA’s health ombud reflects on his first big case.


Bureaucracy, power and grants: When a pen may be as mighty as the scalpel

Koot Kotze

Go inside this unspoken ethical dilemma South African doctors face every day.


Nelson Mandela’s words about SA’s twin epidemics as true today as in 2004

José Luis Castro

SA has a chance to lead the world in realising Madiba’s dream this September as the United Nations convenes its first high level meeting on TB.


Will the NHI actually work?

Mia Malan

Read what Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has up his sleeve for your medical aid.


Unconscionable: Health workers' right to refuse abortions vs women's right to choose

When religion trumps science in medicine, women's bodies and Constitutional rights may be caught in the crossfire.


Why it could cost less than R120 per year to save a life

Alex Ezeh, Ann Starrs

Maternal deaths in developing regions would fall by 73% if all women had access to contraception and maternal healthcare, shows new research.


Rands and sense: Why the National Health Insurance may lead to better health budgets

Natasha Salant

As it stands, the policy may be woolly and imprecise but its promise is too bold to ignore.


Missing medicines and missing money: Why a bigger crisis looms in North West

Russell Rensburg

Provincial medicine shortages may be just the beginning.


Meet the nurses fighting on the front lines — with no ammunition

Semakaleng Phafoli

Public health systems are driven by nurses. Yet, they have little authority.


Why people failing to take their TB treatment should not be jailed

Bhekisisa Reporters

It's World TB Day. Here's why human rights and TB responses go hand in hand.


Why aren't government officials losing sleep over #Listeriosis and #LifeEsidimeni?

Mia Malan

Both Life Esidimeni and Listeriosis exposed leadership cracks in our public health system. Are political leaders held accountable for their actions?


Want to write a story people won’t forget? [WATCH] this

Mia Malan

When it comes to weaving a good yarn, the devil really is in the detail.


‘Imali yeqolo’: Really, Gigaba? Women fall pregnant to get child support grants?

Nonhlanhla Sibanda-Moyo

Gender activists are outraged by the former finance minister’s side comments on government grants during his budget speech.


Why taking back the power starts with you and your vagina

Tlaleng Mofokeng

Want to advocate for your uterus? Here are six ways you can do it.


Abortion: Government to get tougher on doctors with moral objections

Yogan Pillay

Draft guidelines will look to balance a doctor or nurse's right recuse themselves from performing abortions with a person's right to choose.