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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


'My mom was too scared to check what was wrong. In the end, doctors removed her womb'

Joan van Dyk

Early screening for cervical cancer can be a lifesaver but are nonprofit organisations enough to fill the gap in KZN's crumbling system?


'My neighbour murdered nearly all of my family, but now we are friends'

Amandas Ong

Thanks to a pioneering project survivors and perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide now live side by side in 'reconciliation villages'.


Five things you didn't know about human milk banks

Pontsho Pilane

We take a look at some of the unlikely customers hitting up SA's breast milk banks.


Is DIY HIV testing the latest Cape Town trend?

Kristen van Schie

It starts with a swab but does it end with a diagnosis? Why the trickiest part of DIY HIV testing happens after the test


'Juju curse' binds trafficked women into sex slavery

Lorenzo Totaro, Annie Kelly

Traditional West African ‘healers’ and Sicilian psychiatrists are struggling to help free Nigerian women forced into prostitution


Waiting to disappear: The danger of being too pale

Bill Snaddon

Ikponwosa Ero went from a child who felt different to the United Nations’ first independent expert on albinism.


Would you put your baby in a cardboard box? Check out this parenting trend

Adri Kotze

The Finns’ cardboard box prompts an African graduate to develop a life-saving device for babies


Slice of Life: 'She made a joke out of my friend's death'

Nelisiwe Msomi

When Mark died, emergency services left his body on the pavement in central Pretoria for hours.


Could better health for your baby come in a cardboard box?

Adri Kotze

All the rage in Finland, 'Moses baskets' could soon be coming to South African shores.


Egypt's blind football players

Demelza Bush, Ati Metwaly

Blind Football Egypt (BFE) is the country’s first professional football team for blind and visually impaired athletes.


My descent into postpartum psychosis - and how I got out

Catherine Carver

A new mother recounts how psychiatric care that nurtured her bond with her baby helped heal her mania


Are abused boys more likely to become violent men?

Mia Malan

Men who abuse women have often been victims of maltreatment themselves resulting to the intergenerational cycling of abuse.


'I will rape them personally, those drunkard women in the short dresses'

Mia Malan

In this township, alcohol makes violent men close to three times more likely to rape a woman.


Nigeria's children tied up in a marriage knot

Linus Unah

Poverty, traditions and no education means laws will do little to end the practice of child brides.


Did Trump just sentence 10,000 Nigerian women to death?

Ruth Maclean

Nearly 2 million unwanted pregnancies and thousands of deaths would have been prevented had Trump not pulled funding for reproductive health.


[WATCH] Will the National Health Insurance cost you more money?

Can SA afford the NHI? And will you be able to keep seeing your doctor? Our Laura Lopez Gonzalez answers these and other questions.


Angelina Jolie takes on her biggest role — as a TB-sniffing rat

Angelina might just have saved a life. But is there science to prove it?


Why you should play with your children

Afrika Tikkun

Playtime isn't just about fun and games - find out why it's an important part of young children's development.


Penicillin shortages as pharma companies eye newer, more lucrative drugs

Keila Guimarães

Older antibiotic staples are no longer moneymakers. But as modern bugs evolve to outwit them, very few new drugs are ready to take their place


Why you shouldn't be ashamed of your period

Pontsho Pilane, Demelza Bush

When we are socialised to believe something as natural as menstruation is dirty, those who bleed may feel embarrassed about their period.


Time could be up for sexual offenders who have escaped justice

Pontsho Pilane, Carl Collison

A test lawsuit will determine whether the time limit on reporting sexual assault will be lifted.


'I would have killed myself': Free app puts care at rape survivors’ fingertips

Pontsho Pilane

In Diepsloot, Bhekisisa's Vimba! app is helping rape survivors access life-saving care and treatment.


New research shows rising support for gay marriage ban

Nelisiwe Msomi

A new report finds that 90% of Nigerians surveyed support a controversial Act that now also stands between LGBTI communities and healthcare


Is racism making our children sick?

Joan van Dyk

Children who experience discrimination may be more at risk of mental and physical ill-health


Will smacking your kids make them violent?

Demelza Bush, Joan van Dyk

Experts suggest that banning corporal punishment in the home could lead to a less violent society. Joan van Dyk explains.


Numbers of Africans sentenced to die soars

Pontsho Pilane

More than 1 000 Nigerians languish on death row.


Why some people may not be over the moon about menstrual cups

Demelza Bush, Pontsho Pilane

Moon cups, reusable pads and period panties are all alternatives to disposable pads and tampons, but they may not work for everyone.


Paying for change? Trial offers cash to parents willing to vaccinate babies

Benard Kimani

Researchers have shown that monetary incentives lead to infants being immunised on time.


The best place on earth for refugees?

Demelza Bush

More than 383 000 people have fled to Uganda since July when violence resumed in the South Sudanese capital of Juba.