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.
While South African life expectancy dropped between 1990 and 2013, the are signs of hope again.
A move to ban Wouter Basson from medicine has been met with a tongue-lashing from his lawyer.
Which doctors want to work in the remote areas of South Africa? Mostly those who grew up there.
The epidemic could end in 15 years if "fast-track targets" are accelerated in the next six years – if not, infection rates could continue to rise.
Durban’s 48.2% HIV rate among MSM is more than SA’s highest infection rate – 37.4% among pregnant women in Kwazulu-Natal.
While Cape Town and Johannesburg are two of SA's healthiest cities, Bloemfontein and Pretoria fall short, according to a study.
Many people are dying preventable deaths from pulmonary embolisms or deep-vein thrombosis. Increased awareness can help reduce the toll.
To speed up the country's delivery of qualified doctors, Western Cape Health MEC Theuns Botha says private medical schools are necessary.
Even though the Constitution guarantees disabled children the right to education, many don't go to school, or have great difficulty in doing so.
The community healthworker system is in chaos, leaving vulnerable communities at risk.