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.
The philanthropist says the rise of the continent will depend on whether its leaders are open to learning from each other, and from their own people.
The province's health MEC has condemned the slogans marchers on the department have been chanting, calling them insulting and inappropriate.
In a TAC march, workers in the province's crisis-hit health sector say they will hold a night vigil every Wednesday until demands are met.
A budget spending monitoring forum says the department is on the verge of collapse and is R700-million in debt.
The HIV lobby group says over 100 of its community healthcare workers have been arrested in Bloemfontein after a night vigil sit-in.
Low carb, high fat diets don't work better than traditional balanced diets, according to a Stellenbosch University study.
Appalling conditions in Free State hospitals reveal a health care system that seems to be corrupt from top to bottom.
In the Free State, access to health services can depend on who you know, as the tragic case of one woman illustrates.
The TAC says it fears the arrest of over 50 community healthcare workers after they began a sit-in at the province's health department headquarters.
Free State's health department has been reported to the SA Human Rights Commission over "rights violations" such as food shortages and overcrowding.