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Mia Malan

Mia Malan

Mia Malan is the Mail & Guardian’s health editor and the director of the newspaper’s health journalism centre, Bhekisisa. She heads up a team of seven Johannesburg-based reporters and 10 correspondents in African countries other than South Africa. She loves drama, good wine and strong coffee, not necessarily in that order.
#SONA2017: Mbete refuses moment of silence for 94 dead mental health patients
#SONA2017: Mbete refuses moment of silence for 94 dead mental health patients
President Jacob Zuma wants national Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to have more power over health MECs in provinces. "We welcome the recommendations of the health ombudsman that there is an urgent need to review the 
Health MEC quits as patient death tally almost triples
Health MEC quits as patient death tally almost triples
Political parties and civil rights organisations have welcomed the  resignation of
[From our archives] 'I saw the world through the blurry lens of an oxygen tent'
[From our archives] 'I saw the world through the blurry lens of an oxygen tent'
When Michael Engelbrecht* (39) from Port Elizabeth visited a pulmonologist three years ago, the physician asked him when he'd started smoking.
[From our archives] Could pap help cut your cancer risk?
[From our archives] Could pap help cut your cancer risk?
South Africa has one of the highest colon cancer rates in the world, and braaied red meat is the chief culprit.
[From our archives] The boys who lost their manhood
[From our archives] The boys who lost their manhood
It was day 25 and Xhobiso Pungulwa* (18) slowly pushed himself up in his bed. He asked a nurse for a plastic Ziploc bag, the transparent type used...
What will it take to end Aids by 2030?
What will it take to end Aids by 2030?
Experts around the world believe we've got what it takes to end the Aids epidemic by 2030. Big scientific breakthroughs and lessons that have been...
STUDY: 56% of surveyed Diepsloot men have raped or beaten a woman in the past year
STUDY: 56% of surveyed Diepsloot men have raped or beaten a woman in the past year
More than half, 56%, of surveyed men in 
Child rape in Diepsloot: The shocking story that sparked outrage
Child rape in Diepsloot: The shocking story that sparked outrage
In October 2015, Bhekisisa published an article titled Diepsloot: Where men think it is their right to...
Fed-up NHI doctors say they are nothing more than glorified nurses
Fed-up NHI doctors say they are nothing more than glorified nurses
Fewer than one out of three general practitioners contracted by one of the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme’s pilot sites believe that the...
Political meddling and hospitals collapsing: How Bhekisisa exposed the Free State's health MEC
Political meddling and hospitals collapsing: How Bhekisisa exposed the Free State's health MEC
Health activists ululated when the Free State's controversial health MEC, Benny Malakoane, was
[From our achives] Former Free State health MEC: They call me a killer, I know I'm a saviour
[From our achives] Former Free State health MEC: They call me a killer, I know I'm a saviour
Benny Malakoane's young children were exuberant when they saw their father "all over the news" on television on the evening of July 10 last...