Almost half of South Africa’s population live in rural areas, but are served by only 12% of the countries doctors. Few health professionals are willing to endure the hardships of remote and isolated communities, leaving rural hospitals with staff vacancies of up to 50%. “A Calling” tells the inspiring story of a builder and a taxi-driver who overcame the impossible and dedicated their lives to saving others. Both from villages deep in rural Kwa-Zulu Natal, they grew up without money, electricity, water and, often, no food. Today, one is a doctor and the other a nurse and are both working in understaffed rural hospitals. We follow their journey to achieve their dreams
This insert, the first in the series, looks at medical male circumcision and the youth experience. We follow Hloni Mahate as he undergoes the procedure.
An interview with Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health and a look at the framework for the National Health Insurance.