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Ina Skosana

Ina Skosana

Ina Skosana is a journalist at Bhekisisa, the Mail & Guardian’s centre for health journalism. She is known for heading out into remote, rural provinces to report on health and social issues in towns most people have never heard of and has a passion for telling people’s stories. 
Is the anti-sugar tax lobby taking a page from Big Tobacco’s playbook?
Is the anti-sugar tax lobby taking a page from Big Tobacco’s playbook?
When it comes to the proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, researchers warn consumers to be cautious about misinformation campaigns that could...
Growing up with a mother who has schizophrenia is tough on a child
Growing up with a mother who has schizophrenia is tough on a child
In the summer of 1995, Ayanda Mokoena* and her mother got into a heated argument....
When it comes to organ donation, women may be more likely to give than to receive
When it comes to organ donation, women may be more likely to give than to receive
Eight out of 10 registered organ donors in South Africa are women and, although there is no formal research into why this is the case, the 
Working too hard: Social grants stretched thin within a failing system
Working too hard: Social grants stretched thin within a failing system
While the child support grant has had a significant impact on the lives of disadvantaged children in South Africa, the full reach of the grant is...
Pedal power: Malawi's 'rickshaw' bush ambulances cycle the sick to care
Pedal power: Malawi's 'rickshaw' bush ambulances cycle the sick to care
It is a sweltering day in Malawi’s Nsanje district and the gravel paths in Nelson village are deserted. Two young women lie under the shade of a...
‘Most citizens are poor so private hospitals seem costly – they are not’
‘Most citizens are poor so private hospitals seem costly – they are not’
The high cost of private hospitals is a mere perception, says the Hospital Association of South Africa (Hasa), which represents the major private...
On the road: Lifeline for sex workers and truck drivers emerges along trade route
On the road: Lifeline for sex workers and truck drivers emerges along trade route
"God bless you mum" read the words on a piece of material with the picture of a woman with a baby on her back and a...
'I am the same as them' - peer educators take sex workers' health in their hands
'I am the same as them' - peer educators take sex workers' health in their hands
It is mid-morning in the town of Zalewa in Malawi’s Neno district. A man wobbles unsteadily on his bicycle, which is heavily loaded with sacks of...
Let’s talk about sex, baby – help is just an SMS away for young people in Mozambique
Let’s talk about sex, baby – help is just an SMS away for young people in Mozambique
“When I was younger, like 17, I was shy to talk to my parents so I would end up talking to my friends about sex. They used to tease me saying,...
#AIDS2016: How a rural community helps each other stay on HIV treatment
#AIDS2016: How a rural community helps each other stay on HIV treatment
It is mid-morning in the small town of Eshowe in Zululand. A group of women sit in a queue in front of King Dinizulu clinic. Next to the clinic,...
​Technology speeds up diagnosis and HIV testing for babies in Mozambique
​Technology speeds up diagnosis and HIV testing for babies in Mozambique
A cloud of dust gathers behind a truck speeding past a clinic along the main road in Matola Gare on the outskirts of Maputo, Mozambique. Women with...