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.
Infectious diseases such as HIV and, increasingly, non-communicable illnesses like diabetes are resulting in more cases of chronic depression.
The Treatment Action Campaign believes antiretroviral treatment should be offered to all HIV-positive citizens, not just those with low CD4 counts.
A cruel, unrelenting cycle of poverty, drinking and fetal alcohol syndrome robs families of all hope.
A quarter of public clinics ran out of HIV and TB medication last year, a survey has found.
Exposé spurs flurry of activity, but problems remain.
A survey of stock levels of HIV drugs is in stark contrast to health department claims that "there is no shortage".
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.