East Africa


How much sugar do you drink?

Mia Malan

Half a litre of Coke contains 10 teaspoons of sugar – almost the entire recommended daily sugar allowance. But fruit juice is as bad.


Nocturnal clinics are slashing HIV infection rates among Kenya's stigmatised groups

Benard Kimani

In Kenya, nocturnal HIV clinics attract sex workers and truck drivers, because they keep the same hours as their clients


Will strikes pit the rights of doctors against those of their patients?

Joan van Dyk

The quest for better working conditions leaves striking doctors with a tough decision but they might not have to choose.


Busted: The myths that could be standing between you and the HIV prevention pill

Joan van Dyk

A single daily tablet could slash your risk of HIV infection, could it be for you?


Death brings life: This is what happens after you die

Moheb Costandi

Most of us would rather not know what happens to our bodies after death. But that breakdown gives birth to new life in unexpected ways.


Do medically circumcised men take more risks in the bedroom?

Nelisiwe Msomi

New research may have finally answered an old question.


How do water births help with pain relief?

Demelza Bush

Curious about water births and why they're becoming more popular? We give you the basics in under 2 minutes.


Inside 'bluetoothing's' fake high

Demelza Bush, Nelisiwe Msomi

Did you know that 'bluetoothing' puts you at risk of contracting multiple bloodborne diseases and it doesn't even get you high?


Women’s bodies are the battleground for civil liberties

Teldah Mawarire, Sara K Brandt

Female activists face persecution largely because their existence is an affront to the patriarchal nature of societies.


How your period could be messing with your mental health

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is a diagnosable mental health condition. Never heard of it? You're not alone.


3D-printed prosthetic limbs: the next revolution in medicine

Ian Birrell

The process could transform manufacturing and help the 30 million people worldwide in need of artificial limbs and braces


Feel unsafe? There's an app for that

Kate Hodal

With crime rates high and no efficient emergency number available, an app developed by a student aims to make people in Kenya feel safer.


The future of take-away? I'll take a large pizza - and an HIV test - for delivery

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Home is where the heart is, they say – it could also be the future of HIV testing.


Service delivery starts with data. See who's been missing from the spreadsheets

Dominic Haslam

Without accurate data, maginalised groups risk being left behind - again.


Nutrition remains single biggest ‘missed opportunity’ in health, says Gates

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Malnutrition contributes to almost half of all child deaths globally but receives 1% of foreign aid.


[FROM OUR ARCHIVES] Looking to invest in health? Here's how to make the most of it

Folake Olayinka

Every dollar spent on vaccines brings a 16-fold return on investment — and up to $44 for every dollar if broader benefits are taken into account.


United Nations' first high-level meeting on TB could usher in a new world order

Yogan Pillay (author)

The global body heeds calls by SA health minister Aaron Motsoaledi for high-level meeting on age-old killer.


Watch list: Four things that could change healthcare as we know it

Nelisiwe Msomi

Fact may be stranger than science fiction as artificial intelligence moves into consulting rooms.


How Trump's global 'gag rule' policy threatens health clinics

Murithi Mutiga

Campaigners warn the reinstatement of a policy cutting aid to organisations that offer abortion services will devastate family planning.


Could this country be among the world's best for refugees?

Mugume Davis Rwakaringi

Many Ugandans were once refugees themselves. Now, they are 'paying back the good' and making their country one of the best in the world for refugees.


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.