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.
Previously, the health department dedicated about R180 000 per year to respond to what is arguably the greatest threat humankind has ever faced.
Recent national and Gauteng memos demanding all foreign patients pay in full for services likely fell foul of the law.
Ecstasy users are more empathetic than those who take other drugs – even when not on it.
No one really knows how many people inject drugs in east and southern Africa and that's a bigger problem than you think.
If you are a man who has sex with men, the HIV prevention pill just keeps getting better. Find out how.
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.
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.
Find out why Mboweni's R1.14 hike won't be enough to cut smoking, save lives or bring in much-needed cash.
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.
Could a new manmade concoction of mundane odours stop malaria?
Interested in health and social justice reporting and willing to put in the hours to do it? This internship might be for you.
Does sex work legislation have an impact on gender-based violence and HIV infection rates? We traveled to Amsterdam and Durban to find out.
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.