The minister insists there is no problem, but too many health centre cupboards are bare.
The country has a high suicide rate, psychiatric illnesses are on the rise and stress has become normalised.
Patients are subject to wild mood swings and costly spending sprees,but they can be treated with the right medicine - and a lot of money.
Communities are bringing HIV monitoring and dispensing out of the clinics and into their homes.
A cruel, unrelenting cycle of poverty, drinking and fetal alcohol syndrome robs families of all hope.
Several cases of mycoplasma pneumonia, or "walking" pneumonia, have recently been reported in Johannesburg.
With last year's provincial medical services data now available, Africa Check questions the Free State health's assertions of "significant progress".
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".
The situation of detainees in remand is so bad, it exceeds the punishment of incarceration.
Initiatives in the past four years have greatly increased inmates’ access to healthcare.
Rabies – first recorded centuries ago as a terrifying way to die – continues to be a daily disaster for many of the world's poorest people.
Student demographics are shifting, but academic staff remain predominantly white
Gender imbalances in intimate relationships make it difficult for women to decide when, if at all, to have children.
The health minister says the media portrays the department as failing to provide drugs for patients, but supply is also subject to business decisions.
Poor training of nurses may have led to severe reactions to a new contraceptive device.
If the progress we see today is anything to go by, it means we are closer than ever to having an HIV vaccine.
Increasing access to health services will prevent many mothers and newborn babies from dying.
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