Bhekisisa Team

Health features and news from across Africa by Bhekisisa, the Mail & Guardian's health journalism centre.

Are the medical aids really fleecing you?

There's good news and bad news when it comes to PMBs.

How to get South Africans to buy into the next big thing in medicine

These ATMs can decrease the number of patients in clinics but health workers are not helping to achieve that goal.

China’s overfishing of Africa: The lure and the lies

Scientists and campaigners warn that factories in coastal villages are wreaking environmental and economic havoc.

What your doctor is thinking when they say, ‘I’m afraid I have some bad news’

Doctors have turned to scientific studies for guidance on talking with patients, but the results have largely left them guessing.

The bad news about delivering bad news

Doctors have turned to scientific studies for guidance on talking with patients, but the results have largely left them guessing.

‘I don’t know how my children will survive’: Zimbabwe in crisis

Cyclone Idai washed away the crops that survived a savage drought, leaving 70% of the population in dire need of food.

Shots, myths & cash: The perilous road to curbing cancer

Before 2011, this country couldn’t prevent cervical cancer let alone screen for it. Since then everything’s changed.

Vote like a mother: Five things moms should ask politicians this election

Women – many of them mothers – constitute more than half of the population. What should moms think of before casting their vote?

‘It’s a godsend’: the healthcare scheme bringing hope to India’s sick

In a country where treatment can cost two years’ wages, a new project could mean free medical care for 500 million people.

Climate adaptation proves the bee’s knees for fishermen in Madagascar

In Kivalo, where cyclones, overfishing and rising seas threaten livelihoods, beekeeping offers an unlikely alternative to fishing.

Blessers, blessees and HIV: Do we know how to deal with age-disparate sex?

We invite you to our Policy Dialogue at the 9th annual Aids Conference.

This is what it’s like waking up during surgery

General anaesthetic is supposed to make surgery painless. Now there’s evidence that one person in 20 may be awake when doctors think they’re under.

Press Releases

Municipal audit outcomes reveal public sector financial management must be professionalised

SAICA calls for a review of the mandatory minimum skills and qualifications required for all key financial management positions within the public sector

Eleven ways to protect yourself against fraud

While financial services firms work continuously to improve security, fraudsters are always devising new plans to circumvent the latest safety measures

Security and Compliance Evolution in the Data Revolution

Organisations must adopt a risk-based approach to compliance and rely on technology to mitigate that risk and on people and process controls as well

Covid-19 vs Child Nutrition

Children are being impacted severely across the world because of things such as reduced immunisation as health services prioritise treating Covid-19 cases

MTN’s network innovation sees 5G launched at 100 sites countrywide

MTN South Africa has launched its widely accessible 5G network – the first of MTN’s 21 operations across Africa and the Middle East

Economic ramifications of Covid-19

There is an opportunity for business and government in collaboration to galvanise and work together, and present ourselves as a viable destination for investment

BCX empowers its finance staff with professional accounting qualifications

'For the finance function to go beyond the numbers we need to be professional and we cannot leave out the financial control experts'

Ensuring no prospective CA(SA) is left behind

Sizwe Nxasana talks about the macro-economic impact our country will suffer if the accountancy profession fails to transform its pipeline in the pandemic

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