Opinion


Using the only birth control in stock isn't a choice, it's a sign something's wrong

Yvette Raphael

We've proven Depo Provera doesn't make it easier to contract HIV. But African women are still left with too few contraceptive choices.


How do we reduce new HIV infections by 60% in a mere three and a half years?

Yogan Pillay

Today, SA boasts the world's largest HIV treatment programme, but 3.2-million people who need ARVs still aren't on them. Here’s how to fix that.


This country has upheld its ban on gay sex. Here's why it could be deadly.

Adriaan van Klinken

“The failure to decriminalise consensual same-sex relations will undermine Kenya’s aim of reaching universal health coverage,” UNAids says.


Why medical aids are putting the price of a safe delivery on some women’s pockets

Fatima Hassan

When medical schemes and the law count conceiving as a pre-existing condition, pregnant women lose.


'Without waiting periods, medical aids couldn't survive,' Discovery says

Jonathan Broomberg

Would you join a medical aid if you were perfectly healthy? Most won’t. That’s why we need waiting periods, says Discovery CEO Jonathan Broomberg.


What your doctor is thinking when they say, 'I’m afraid I have some bad news'

Morgan Pantuck

Doctors have turned to scientific studies for guidance on talking with patients, but the results have largely left them guessing.


It's time to get tough on crime... in our maternity wards?

Women – many of them mothers – constitute more than half of the population. What should moms think of before casting their vote?


A slow death: Are Israeli forces instituting a deliberate campaign to maim in Gaza?

There’s something distinctly cynical about Israel’s targeting of people’s legs in Palestine’s march for freedom.


This kills more South Africans than any other disease. There’s a new way to stop it

Gavin Churchyard

One in four people carry this potentially deadly bug? Now a new shorter treatment can prevent it from making you sick.


‘I thought I’d breastfeed my baby for a year. That dream was short-lived’

Indira Govender

We tell moms to exclusively breastfeed. But we don’t tell them about all the things that get in the way of that, including depression.


When climate change & health collide: Will SA's policy have the teeth — or the money?

Garret Barnwell

Previously, the health department dedicated about R180 000 per year to respond to what is arguably the greatest threat humankind has ever faced.


Are foreigners really entitled to free healthcare in South Africa?

Sasha Stevenson

Recent national and Gauteng memos demanding all foreign patients pay in full for services likely fell foul of the law.


Could this drug one day come out of the club and onto your therapist's couch?

Molly Carlyle

Ecstasy users are more empathetic than those who take other drugs – even when not on it.


Southern Africa's missing drug users: We can't treat what we don't count

Catherine Sozi

No one really knows how many people inject drugs in east and southern Africa and that's a bigger problem than you think.


'HIV is my unwanted pregnancy'

Bhuti Poz

If you are a man who has sex with men, the HIV prevention pill just keeps getting better. Find out how.


#Budget2019: Will it lead to more doctors being sued for negligence?

Daniel McLaren

Legal claims against the department now amount to more than half of some provincial health budgets. Less money now will only mean more claims later.


What to do about South Africa's unemployed doctors

Russell Rensburg

It’s official. Austerity budgets may be here to stay. Here’s how South Africa should be working with what it’s got to provide healthcare.


#Budget2019: How this could have netted the country 17.1-billion — & saved lives

Find out why Mboweni's R1.14 hike won't be enough to cut smoking, save lives or bring in much-needed cash.


This is putting SA's women in the grave, so what's health department doing about it?

Yogan Pillay

Pregnancy in South Africa is getting safer, but still not safe enough. Here’s what the health department says they’re doing about it.


The rise of anti-vaxxer bots: Fake news is going viral — & it’s bad for our health

Junaid Nabi

How do you outrun a lie when science shows misinformation spreads faster than fact?


Only half of clinics and hospitals in this country meet basic hygiene standards

Mercy Masoo

What if your doctor couldn’t even wash her hands before examining you?


‘HIV testing was compulsory. If you didn’t test, they wouldn’t treat you’

Shenilla Mohamed

The struggle to survive pregnancy and death in a land of plenty and poverty hasn’t changed much in the past five years — there are lives to prove it.


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.


#SAElections2019: Are foreigners stealing your jobs and healthcare?

Bhekisisa Reporters

A 'foreign threat’ makes for a convenient boogeyman in an election season but buyer beware, write activists in this piece from our archives.


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?