Mara Kardas-Nelson is a journalist with the Mail & Guardian's Centre for Health Journalism, where she focuses on access to medicine, health policy, financing, and planning. She has been contributing to the Mail & Guardian since 2009, writing on a wide variety of topics ranging from the environment to development to local culture. In 2010 she shared a Mondi Shanduka Newspaper award with photographer Sam Reinders for their work on acid mine drainage in Gauteng and Mpumalanga. Her work has appeared in publications across Africa, North America, and Europe.
Fixing healthcare needs a multidisciplinary approach, not just a medical focus.
A new complaint has been filed against Limpopo doctor Allick Dube.
Two young women are proving to the world that the most deadly strain of TB can be beaten.
Four Messina Hospital staff members, who are also shop stewards for the union Nehawu, have been dismissed for inciting strike action against a doctor.
The country is fighting the intellectual property laws that hiked up the cost of its HIV programme.
Skewed state funding has left many centres dependent on fees that patients can't afford, writes Mara Kardas-Nelson.
One man's mission to bring sanitary sanity and dignity to those kept behind bars.
Some have lauded the draft policy, saying it could make medication cheaper, but others say it is "unimpressive" and "almost contradictory".
A generic version of a key cancer drug is now available in South Africa, but at a significantly higher cost than it is available internationally.
A young pharmacist is driving a project to get Tanzania to make more of its own medicine.