A market inquiry has looked into private health care costs in South Africa.
A new study has found that employing lay health workers at clinics can improve the way patients receive treatment.
A patient collects her medication at a clinic in Khayelitsha, South Africa.
MSF/Sydelle WIllow Smith
The bill to provide universal health care in South Africa is not the silver bullet for the challenges in the health sector.
South Africa was a leader in tobacco control but has not updated its policies adequately.
South Africa’s proposed new tobacco laws will tighten the grip on how cigarettes and other tobacco products are sold, marketed and regulated in the country.
Family physicians are a relatively new innovation in the South African health system.
Family physicians have started to play a key role in the district health system in South Africa.
Manufacturing one of the world’s most important vaccines will have several benefits for South Africa.
Justice Dikgang Moseneke presents his final report on the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings.
Retired South African justice Dikgang Moseneke has made a landmark ruling for damages in the Life Esidimeni matter.
A lab sample of the bacteria listeria monocytogene that causes listeriosis.
The bacterial pathogen that is responsible for listeriosis can survive under even the toughest conditions.
There are many benefits to walking - whether you do it in a group or on your own.
Mothers wait at a local clinic. The city of Johannesburg plans to open 24 hour clinics to alleviate queues.
Setting up 24 hour clinics in a busy metropole such as Johannesburg would help those who need health care most.
In rural areas where there are often fewer healthcare professionals available, traditional healers can have a role to play in promoting HIV treatment.
There are several challenges that South Africa needs to address to bring HIV under control.
South Africa has made tremendous progress towards meeting the 90-90-90 targets but there are some challenges preventing it from reaching the goals set by UNAIDS.
South Africa has one last hurdle to cross before it implements a sugar tax to prevent a wide-range of obesity related non-communicable diseases.
South African health authorities educate the public about breastfeeding but without supportive legislation and strong communication, it will never be normalised.
People are leading more sedentary lifestyles and eating calorie dense foods fuelling obesity.
South Africa has the highest obesity levels in Africa but blaming sugar neglects the many factors at play in this complex health issue.
Early detection and treatment of diabetes can be life-saving, but prevention by adopting healthier diets and lifestyle is even better.
Being able to buy processed “food-like” products is often seen as a mark of personal and material success. Little attention is paid to having a healthy diet.
The age profile of people living in Africa is changing - they are living longer.
The burden of communicable disease is declining in Africa and life expectancy is increasing. But non-communicable diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer are wreaking havoc.
In developing countries mental health care generally takes a backseat when it comes to allocating resources.
People with disabilities living in Madwaleni in the Eastern Cape have difficulty accessing healthcare.
Poor people with disabilities living in rural South Africa are particularly disadvantaged when it comes to accessing health care.
Each suicide has a social, economic and cultural context. And unless these factors are considered alongside psychiatric care, steadily increasing suicide rates will not be curbed.