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.
As a result of an NGO in the Eastern Cape using incentives to encourage people to check their status, HIV testing has tripled in four villages.
Wouter Basson, one of SA's controversial apartheid-era figures, may be banned from practising medicine, but cardiology would suffer, say patients.
Sihle Batiya's luckier than most – but the odds are stacked against kids with Down's syndrome in the Eastern Cape.
Mentally disabled people in the rural Eastern Cape are considered worthless, even evil. When girls are sexually abused, mothers are no longer shocked.
The Eastern Cape health department claims hospital staff misled a government inspection team to create a bad impression.
Finance minister Pravin Gordhan’s "careful control of the wage Bill" will impact negatively on health service delivery, says a health economist.
Eastern Cape royals are campaigning to use medical circumcision in traditional rituals.
Experts say the vast sum spent by Sylvia Lucas on unhealthy food is indicative of a big fat problem.
Hospitals and clinics are to be demolished and rebuilt to reboot the Eastern Cape's "broken" health system.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has promised to get state facilities running to the highest standards.