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Mia Malan

Mia Malan

Mia Malan is the Mail & Guardian’s health editor and the director of the newspaper’s health journalism centre, Bhekisisa. She heads up a team of seven Johannesburg-based reporters and 10 correspondents in African countries other than South Africa. She loves drama, good wine and strong coffee, not necessarily in that order.
[From our archives] 'God make us strong, I beg you, keep Luphumlo alive'
[From our archives] 'God make us strong, I beg you, keep Luphumlo alive'
A few minutes after midnight, on a Saturday in June this year, the wind was howling around the walls of a mud hut in the Zindindi location in the...
[From our archives] Blood clots can be fatal - look out for the warning signs
[From our archives] Blood clots can be fatal - look out for the warning signs
Less than 20% of people know that blood clots in the legs or lungs are the third most common cause of cardiovascular deaths, according to Barry...
[From our archives] The unforgiving days of too much wine and never enough roses
[From our archives] The unforgiving days of too much wine and never enough roses
Charmaine Kok* (34) lifts herself out of a rusted metal chair in her houthok's (wooden shack) kitchen and trudges to her son, Smallie....
The Mail and Guardian apologises: Our Malema tweets were misleading and offensive
The Mail and Guardian apologises: Our Malema tweets were misleading and offensive
On Thursday night the following tweets went out from the Mail & Guardian’s official Twitter account:
Diepsloot: Where men think it's their right to rape
Diepsloot: Where men think it's their right to rape
The sun has just risen over the shacks of Extension 1 in Diepsloot, Johannesburg north. It is a calm Tuesday, just after 6am, in October...
Women praise HIV prevention pill as research could produce a simpler injection
Women praise HIV prevention pill as research could produce a simpler injection
It’s like so annoying, it’s literally so huge — it’s like sugar bean-sized — but you gotta do what you gotta do to live,” says...
#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,...
#AIDS2016: SA pays its HIV bill but faces budget gap for expanded treatment
#AIDS2016: SA pays its HIV bill but faces budget gap for expanded treatment
South Africa's HIV budget would have to increase by 50% to 60% in the next five years to total about R35-billion a year by 2020 if...
#AIDS2016: Bill Gates warns HIV among young Africans could reverse progress
#AIDS2016: Bill Gates warns HIV among young Africans could reverse progress
Africa is "chronically under-prepared for the looming challenge of the 'demographic bulge' and its impact on HIV," philanthropist Bill Gates said...
#AIDS2016:“I’ve taken control of my sex life. I use an HIV prevention pill.”
#AIDS2016:“I’ve taken control of my sex life. I use an HIV prevention pill.”
When Capetonian Ben Brown (31) started to use an HIV prevention pill two years ago, it was because he wanted to "take charge" of his health.