Southern Africa


Do medically circumcised men take more risks in the bedroom?

Nelisiwe Msomi

New research may have finally answered an old question.


Finding South Africa's missing TB patients

Bhekisisa team

Every year, almost 500 000 people in South Africa develop TB and only half will ever be cured - see why.


If HIV denialists don't deserve a platform, why should Helen Zille?

Pontsho Pilane

Journalism does not begin or end with free speech, we have an ethical obligation not to give platform for abhorrent views in the name of free speech.


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.


SA continuing to negotiate affordable access to TB drug

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

A new pilot programme launched Friday will allow at least 200 people to access the latest treatment worth hundreds of thousands of rand.


SA may hold key to curing world's rising drug-resistant TB epidemic

Dr Francesca Conradie

New drug combinations tested in the country may be a lifeline to those with TB most unlikely to survive it.


Doctors pass the scalpel to nurses in the quest for safer births

Sara Assarson

A doctor shortage in war-torn Mozambique paved the way for a new breed of surgeons that have slashed deaths among new mothers.


National HIV plan scraps calls to decriminalise drug use

Pontsho Pilane

Contraception may be finally coming to a secondary school near you.


Malawi to halt prosecutions against LGBTI community

Malawi says it will no longer enforce anti-homosexuality laws but dangerous homophobia persists on the country's streets - and in its clinics.


#SizaMap: Where to get a safe, legal abortion in SA

Ina Skosana, Joan van Dyk

No national database of legal abortion providers in South Africa existed – so Bhekisisa made one.


This disposable piece of technology might save your life – if you can afford it

Ina Skosana

Many diabetics are dependent on expensive blood sugar testing strips to stay alive. Most in South Africa can't afford it.


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.


SA scores new medicine worth millions – for free

Joan van Dyk

A deal brokered with the health department guarantees free access but for how long?


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.


Men, booze and rape: What's the link?

Studies show that there is a strong link between sexual violence and alcohol abuse. Mia Malan explains.


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


Inspectors unearth rat infestation at Gauteng school following poisoning

Nelisiwe Msomi

Poor handling practices as well as storage, cooking equipment and fridges - and rats - increase the risk of food poisoning.


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.


[LISTEN] Health MEC: '#LifeEsidimeni families' voices were muffled’

New Gauteng health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa speaks about the Life Esidimeni tragedy that claimed the lives of at least 94 mental health patients.


#LifeEsidimeni: Patients still missing after deadly move from state care

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Gauteng health department hopes to avoid legal battle as more bodies are discovered.


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.


When is an abortion legal?

Ina Skosana

Find out when you can terminate a pregnancy and who should be doing it.


'I became a bully because my dad abused my mom'

Why do children bully? We look at some of the factors that lead to this behaviour.


'It didn't take long for [the fetus] to come out. There was a human-like form.'

Ina Skosana

Left with little choice, many women turn to illegal abortionists to terminate their pregnancies.


'Bluetoothing': The drug myth that fooled a nation?

Nelisiwe Msomi

Outreach workers say the practice making headlines isn’t as widespread as it’s been made out to be as they rush to prevent more from trying it.


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.


Looking to invest in health? Here's how to get the biggest bang for your buck

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.


Less than 7% of health facilities nationwide offer abortions - Amnesty International

Ina Skosana

In some provinces, safe, free abortions may only be provided at about 260 public facilities.


How to spot an illegal abortion

Here are three ways to tell whether or not you might be going for an abortion at an illegitimate practitioner.