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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. 
Male breast cancer stays hidden
Male breast cancer stays hidden
A middle-aged man walks out of an old building at the Helen Joseph Hospital in Johannesburg. He pats his hands over his pockets, takes a few...
More married women than singles having abortions
More married women than singles having abortions
Abortion rates around the world are about 44% higher among married women than among single women, according to the global sexual and reproductive...
A group of doctors is breaking down barriers one dot at a time
A group of doctors is breaking down barriers one dot at a time
The reception area of Gaba Dlamini's office is furnished with a row of plastic chairs lined up in front of an old couch. A big round yellow poster...
How to choose a medical aid plan
How to choose a medical aid plan
It’s that time of year again. Many major medical schemes have opened up brief, annual window periods in which members can change their plans....
[From our archives] Diabetics at risk of TB (and vice versa)
[From our archives] Diabetics at risk of TB (and vice versa)
Research shows that people with diabetes are up to three times more likely to develop tuberculosis (TB) than those without the illness. 
#SowetoMarathon: Why this prostate cancer survivor is running today
#SowetoMarathon: Why this prostate cancer survivor is running today
It is midmorning and the Soweto neighbourhood of Naledi is quiet. Thulani Sibisi is wearing shorts and running shoes. He looks 50, but is 62 and...
[From our archives] Erectile dysfunction: What your penis is trying to tell you
[From our archives] Erectile dysfunction: What your penis is trying to tell you
Men often only seek medical help when their sex lives suffer. They are so bad at seeking medical help that they often get to a doctor too late,...
Depression during pregnancy may leave kids with a legacy of developmental problems
Depression during pregnancy may leave kids with a legacy of developmental problems
Children born to mothers who experienced depression during pregnancy may be more at risk of mental health disorders. Recent research published in the medical...
[From our archives] 'I still have sex, even with HIV'
[From our archives] 'I still have sex, even with HIV'
"As a young person, coming out about your HIV status to anyone is an emotional thing," says Phindile Sithole-Spong. 
[From our archives] Bigger biceps aren’t always better
[From our archives] Bigger biceps aren’t always better
Steve Mululu, a tall man who towers over every-body, stops to talk to patrons sweating it out on workout machines spread across the gym floor....
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....