Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has introduced a new contraceptive implant, which is active for three years, and is available at clinics from June.
His reasoning has come in for much criticism, but the minister has no wish to continue the debate.
Minister, please sit down with the private health sector before the NHI has us paying more but getting less, writes Dr Chris Archer.
The health department has corrected a newspaper report wherin a spokesperson was misquoted as saying that condom lubricant can soothe arthritic pain.
Bhekisisa looks back at, and follows up on, some of the most popular and impactful stories of 2013.
Mentally disabled people in the rural Eastern Cape are considered worthless, even evil. When girls are sexually abused, mothers are no longer shocked.
Finance minister Pravin Gordhan’s "careful control of the wage Bill" will impact negatively on health service delivery, says a health economist.
Speaking after the launch of the HIV, counselling and testing campaign, Aaron Motsoaledi has urged MPs to lead by example and get circumcised.
It took the state's forensics services on average 26 weeks last year to supply the result of an alcohol blood level test, says the health minister.
The Gauteng health department cannot account for more than R12-billion, nearly half its budget, reported the Star.
Half of South Africa's 100 000 blind children could have been saved if they were treated earlier, shows a new report.
It's World Breastfeeding Week and government and Save the Children have joined forces to promote breastfeeding to save children's lives.
Rehabilitation plans for the thousands of people with disabilities must be included in the NHI.
The state's hopes for the nonsurgical circumcision device rest on its acceptance in initiation rituals.
Médecins Sans Frontières says in five months there has been no improvement with Eastern Cape HIV and TB drug stock-outs.
A new look at family planning, especially among teens in South Africa, is on the cards.
While HPV vaccines will save lives, target schoolgirls will be hard to reach.
The hunt is on for a new private sector partner with the expertise to set up a drug-making plan.
Prevenar and Rotarix have emptied paediatric wards but the coverage is still too low.
Suicides among teenagers are on the rise, but parents can be taught to spot the warning signs.