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When violence begets violence: Men, trauma & HIV in South Africa

Young men living in urban informal settlements have experienced a huge amount of violence and trauma in their own lives. This...
Zambia Kabwe

Lead in the blood: The poisoning of a generation

By 1927, Anglo American had obtained a controlling interest in a decades’ old lead mine north of Lusaka. Today, the mine...

Will the National Health Insurance Bill go far enough to prevent corruption?

The National Health Insurance Bill was released on 8 August but a look at how well our mothers – and our...

Pathologies of pleasure: What they don’t teach you in medical school

Tlaleng Mofokeng is a doctor, writer, radio and TV presenter as well as an internationally-renowned health activist. She’s made it her...

Civil society’s #MeToo moment: ‘We are complicit in creating environments that allow this’

Civil society is supposed to be a watchdog. It’s supposed to fight for what’s right – but what happens when those...
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Crisis of confidence: How much does the public really trust scientists, doctors and nurses?

Trust isn't only important when it comes to relationships. It's the difference between life or death when it comes to vaccines.
The Bhekisisa team

It’s official: Bhekisisa is going solo

Today, we set out on our own after calling the Mail & Guardian home for more than half a decade.

TB: This pee test could save your life

What if diagnosing South Africa’s deadliest disease was as simple as taking a drug store pregnancy test? That day might be...
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The business of love: Why condom factories and job creation could go hand-in-hand

Every year, the continent falls 3-billion condoms short of what it needs. Could investing in condom factories be the answer —...
People say Depro-Provera is popular. Walking into a clinic and getting the only birth control available isn't a choice, it isn't about popularity. it’s a sign of a problem with the choices offered to women.

After Echo: ‘Life for young women navigating puberty is gruesome’

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

How do we reduce new HIV infections by 60% in a mere three and...

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.
(Baz Ratner

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

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

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

When medical schemes and the law count conceiving as a pre-existing condition, pregnant women lose.
Discovery Health CEO Jonathan Broomberg responds to allegations that the scheme could have made arrangements to waive a waiting period to cover a returning member's pregnancy.

‘Without waiting periods, medical aids couldn’t survive,’ Discovery says

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.
The bad news doctor: Why scientists are trying to find better ways to talk to patients.

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

Doctors have turned to scientific studies for guidance on talking with patients, but the results have largely left them guessing.
What to ask politicians as a mother

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?