Mia Malan is the health editor and heads up the health journalism centre, Bhekisisa.The centre runs critical thinking forums on health issues and health journalism trainings. Mia started reporting on health when she landed her first job at the SABC’s Eastern Cape office in 1995.Nothing seemed to work in the province, so broken down hospitals were big stories. She then moved on to work for radio and television current affairs programmes in Johannesburg and moved to Kenya for four years in the early 2000s to head up the media development organisation, Internews Network’s Kenya health journalism training programme.After a stint in the US as Internews’s chief health journalism trainer she returned to South Africa as a John S Knight Journalism fellow and also taught journalism at Rhodes University. She loves drama, good wine and strong coffee - preferably in that order.
In a binge-drinking community parents often give their children alcohol, or they get it in the womb.
I have given up on the health body. I hope the minister’s investigative team has better luck.
State officials have visited Dihlabeng and the Free State health MEC says he will follow suit.
Free State Health MEC Benny Malakoane has accused the M&G of sensationalist reporting, but warned that his department will run out of money this year.
Doctors say Dihlabeng hospital doesn't have the medicine and staff to help patients.
Seven out of 10 South African women say that a lack of sexual intimacy in their relationships makes them feel depressed.
Some experts say carbohydrates should be treated like drugs or alcohol, but the science isn’t clear-cut.
Eating disorders and the Noakes diet make for strange bedfellows, and dubious results.
After 14 years of delays, the Health Professions Council should have seen what was coming in the Wouter Basson case.
While South African life expectancy dropped between 1990 and 2013, the are signs of hope again.