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Go inside the trucker craze fuelling a blackmarket in dangerous 'sex enhancers'

Tawanda Karombo, Adri Kotze

The products themselves could be dangerous and are likely to encourage high-risk sexual behaviour.


How to tell your child you have HIV

Kristen van Schie

More than three decades into the HIV epidemic, some conversations haven't become any easier. This is one of them.


This country figured out how to stop teen substance abuse, so why has no one else?

Emma Young

Find out which nordic nation radically cut teenage smoking, drinking and drug use and how they did it.


KZN cancer patients sent home with panados as treatment waiting lists grow

Joan van Dyk

State cancer patients have nowhere to turn, even if their cancer is treatable.


A new loo: Gaze into the toilet bowl of the future

Lina Zeldovich

Despite our complicated relationship with it, our poo could one day power our cell phones, tablets and laptops.


Meet the doctors: Take a look at this country's first crop of homegrown physicians

Ryan Lenora Brown

Finally capping its own medics, the country must now retain them and coax them into rural areas.


Climate change turns dehydration into a deadly epidemic

Jane Palmer

A new kidney disease is striking down labourers in what could be one of the first epidemics caused by global warming.


Afraid of death? Take comfort that you’ll live on in varied and surprising ways

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.


'I was married to a Boko Haram': What happens when a victim returns to her village?

Eromo Egbejule

Eighty two of the Chibok school girls, kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria three years ago, have been released. But what now?


#FreeToBleed: The struggle of being too poor to afford pads

Pontsho Pilane

Choosing between eating and bleeding through your school uniform comes at a cost.


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.


'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.


Could this birth trend make for more serene deliveries?

Pontsho Pilane

Water births are a growing phenomenon in South Africa and globally. But this birth method is controversial – scientific evidence is lacking.


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.


When the sorrow doesn't end: Could chronic grief be a medical condition?

Andrea Volpe

The pain of bereavement is supposed to ease with time. When it doesn't, psychiatrists call it 'complicated grief' and it can be treated.


When the sorrow doesn't end: Could chronic grief be a medical condition?

Andrea Volpe

The pain of bereavement is supposed to ease with time. When it doesn't, psychiatrists call it 'complicated grief' and it can be treated.


Africa's oldest psychiatric hospital a stark reminder of war and a forgotten people

Ryan Lenora Brown

After Sierra Leone’s civil war, money poured in for mental health services. But a decade later, there's little left to help Ebola’s victims.


Africa's oldest psychiatric hospital a stark reminder of war and a forgotten people

Ryan Lenora Brown

After Sierra Leone’s civil war, money poured in for mental health services. But a decade later, there's little left to help Ebola’s victims.


Caesarean vs vaginal birth: A mother's choice, not her doctor's

Pontsho Pilane

C-sections may result in fewer lawsuits, but they are not always the best option.


Caesarean vs vaginal birth: A mother's choice, not her doctor's

Pontsho Pilane

C-sections may result in fewer lawsuits, but they are not always the best option.


The promise and peril of ditching South Africa's psychiatric hospitals

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Community mentalhealth care can be better for patients and health systems if it's done right. Find out how one organisation is making it work.


The promise and peril of ditching South Africa's psychiatric hospitals

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Community mentalhealth care can be better for patients and health systems if it's done right. Find out how one organisation is making it work.


#SowetoMarathon: Why this prostate cancer survivor is running today

Ina Skosana

A marathon runner with prostate cancer uses his skill to promote awareness and encourage testing.


#SowetoMarathon: Why this prostate cancer survivor is running today

Ina Skosana

A marathon runner with prostate cancer uses his skill to promote awareness and encourage testing.


[From our archives] The unforgiving days of too much wine and never enough roses

Mia Malan

A cruel, unrelenting cycle of poverty, drinking and fetal alcohol syndrome robs families of all hope.


[From our archives] The unforgiving days of too much wine and never enough roses

Mia Malan

A cruel, unrelenting cycle of poverty, drinking and fetal alcohol syndrome robs families of all hope.


Trafficked to Turin: the Nigerian women forced into sex work abroad in Italy

Annie Kelly

Thousands of women are lured from Nigeria to Italy annually by the promise of a new life, only to find themselves trapped in the sex trade.


Trafficked to Turin: the Nigerian women forced into sex work abroad in Italy

Annie Kelly

Thousands of women are lured from Nigeria to Italy annually by the promise of a new life, only to find themselves trapped in the sex trade.


​Women of the Maasai fight back for their daughters

Emanuela Zuccalà

Girls as young as 10 feel the blade but an extraordinary group is fighting against female genital mutilation (FGM).


​Uncut, unwed and cast out, but a better life awaited

Emanuela Zuccalà

In rural Kenya, a group of strong-willed women is giving traumatised young runaways a second chance at life.