East Africa


Medical smart jacket tackles misdiagnosis of pneumonia

Kate Hodal

Jacket would detect symptoms up to four times faster than a doctor.


Viruses, vaccines and superbugs: The biggest health stories of 2016

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

This year wasn’t pretty but from its ashes may rise important scientific advances that could change the course of history.


Should you be keeping Santa’s secret from the kids?

Pontsho Pilane

Warning, this article contains sensitive details about Father Christmas. Kids, look away.


'If it wasn't for them I would have died:' How community health workers save lives

Ina Skosana

Ethiopia's rural health extension workers have helped halve the country's child death rate.


Beer and stinky feet could be a fatal combination – for mosquitos

Adri Kotze , Gitonga Njeru

Could a new manmade concoction of mundane odours stop malaria?


Forced sterilisations rob African women of more than just motherhood

Tabitha Griffith Saoyo

The ability to bear children continues to decide many women's social standing and inheritance.


More married women than singles having abortions

Ina Skosana

Nearly 90% of terminations of pregnancies are performed in developing countries.


How to prevent HIV with a pill

Demelza Bush

Mia Malan answers six important questions about the HIV prevention pill in three minutes.


The pros and cons of C-sections and vaginal births

Pontsho Pilane

Planning for a baby? Before deciding on a birth plan, find out what you need to know to make an informed decision.


Could we mass-produce HIV immunity?

Bhekisisa Reporters

One tiny protein may hold the secret to ending the HIV pandemic.


Women can now inject themselves with 'the shot' at home

Pontsho Pilane

Could do-it-yourself birth control injections take off in South Africa?


Six ways ARVs can help to end Aids by 2030

Kevin Rebe

Science knows more than ever about how to use HIV treatment to prevent new infections but will it be enough to end Aids?


Trying for a baby? Find out your chances of falling pregnant

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Figure out your odds of falling pregnant via in vitro fertilisation with this new online calculator


Will quackery guide Trump's global health policy?

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The US remains one of the leading funders of global health but will this change on president-elect Donald Trump’s watch?


Cancer and heart disease: Can alcohol help you or hurt you?

Charles Parry

Drinking four glasses of wine a day can increase your chances of getting breast cancer by about 50%.


A sight for sore eyes: Teachers test pupils’ eyes to keep them in school

Imran Khan

Children need more than books to flourish at school. De-worming may be one of the most cost-effective ways to increase school participation in Africa.


TB pills that work for children

Kenya has become the first country in the world to introduce TB treatment tailor made for children.


Finally, TB pills for children

Cyrus Kinyungu

Tastier kid-friendly tablets will help take the guess work out of treating Kenya's tiniest TB patients.


Money can't be the only motive for developing life-saving medicines

Will the world act now to be ready for the next big outbreak?


Why is prostate cancer more aggressive in black men?

It's not yet known why prostate cancer affects black men worse than their white counterparts, but if you're a black man over 40, get yourself checked.


South Sudan is bleeding itself dry

Blood donations are scant in South Sudan as the process is frowned upon and treated with suspicion by locals.


Bhekisisa editor Mia Malan nabs CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Award

Bhekisisa team

Malan won for her long-form piece, “Diepsloot: Where men think it’s their right to rape.”


Unique South African children may chart new path for HIV vaccines

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

A study conducted among almost 200 South African children is the largest of its kind.


People living with disabilities forced into marriage and sexual violence

Adri Kotze

A new report uncovers the sad stories of Tanzanians with albinism and disabilities.


What if you don’t identify as a man or a woman?

Bathrooms, pronouns and growing up in a binary world. Mia Malan speaks to Demelza Bush about being genderqueer.


Home visits give instant HIV results and data set to guide more than a dozen African countries’ programmes

Adri Kotze , Stephen Tsoroti

The population assessments of the epidemic in sub-Sahara yields information of benefit to patients and to each nation’s plan of action


Data does not support the claim that 1 in 10 African girls miss school because of menstruation

Kate Wilkinson

A number of small studies have been conducted in African countries on the effect of menstruation on girls’ school attendance.


Lift the veil on drug pricing and trade agreements, the UN urges companies and states

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

New United Nations report calls for drug companies to spill closely held secrets and patent reforms.


Kenya unearths the hidden power of poo and turns human waste into biofuel

M&G Multimedia

Kenyans could be the ones to show the world a new alternative to fossil fuels - and you won’t believe where it comes from.


HIV and 'the shot': Could a leading contraceptive fuel HIV infection risk?

Sinaye Ngcapu

New evidence has spurred a large, multi-country study and an international meeting on the matter but will answer come soon enough for women?