Pregnancy in South Africa is getting safer, but still not safe enough. Here’s what the health department says they’re doing about it.
How do you outrun a lie when science shows misinformation spreads faster than fact?
What if your doctor couldn’t even wash her hands before examining you?
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.
Chinese scientist He Jiankui claims to have engineered the world’s first genetically-modified babies. Did he unleash one of science’s worst fears?
In a world hemmed in by patriarchy and poverty, cash transfers could be the missing link in SA’s HIV prevention programmes.
A 'foreign threat’ could be a convenient boogeyman in an election season where politicians will face questions about their failures. Or not?
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.
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.
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.
In his speech, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni reprioritised millions for new health workers and hospital upgrades. Here’s what he needs to do next.
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?
South Africa is one of the hardest drinking countries in the world, but legislation to stop it been under wraps for over five years.
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.
Dear Tisa, you have a point but we’ve got a reason to be wary.
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.
Turns out it takes a village to raise a child but also to protect them.
Anna Dahlqvist reflects on a short history of a messy 'problem', or how the world taught you to fear your period.
Letting doctors know what type of end-of-life care you’re comfortable with results in a more dignified death and lower hospital costs.
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.
Go inside this unspoken ethical dilemma South African doctors face every day.
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.
Read what Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has up his sleeve for your medical aid.
When religion trumps science in medicine, women's bodies and Constitutional rights may be caught in the crossfire.
Maternal deaths in developing regions would fall by 73% if all women had access to contraception and maternal healthcare, shows new research.
As it stands, the policy may be woolly and imprecise but its promise is too bold to ignore.
Provincial medicine shortages may be just the beginning.
Public health systems are driven by nurses. Yet, they have little authority.
It's World TB Day. Here's why human rights and TB responses go hand in hand.
Both Life Esidimeni and Listeriosis exposed leadership cracks in our public health system. Are political leaders held accountable for their actions?
Medical doctors and traditional healers often struggle to trust each other. But in this rural KZN community they learned how to work together.
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Bhekisisa means "to scrutinise" in Zulu
In South Africa, Zulu patients who would like to be thoroughly assessed by a doctor, would ask the physician to "bhekisisa" them.