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Gasping for breath: Pneumonia's deadly toll

Karen McVeigh

A disease that claims the lives of two children under five a minute worldwide has hit drought-stricken Kenya hard, its spread driven by malnutrition.


When the tiniest hearts break: Behind SA's shortage of paediatric heart surgeons

Nelisiwe Msomi

The country can't produce its own paediatric heart surgeons. But that may be beginning to change, starting in Cape Town.


Meeting men halfway: Clinics are going mobile to reach the toughest patients

For decades, we’ve struggled to solve the riddle: How do you get reluctant men to test for HIV. Could we finally have an answer?


Modern day slavery: 'The girls trust the traffickers more than anyone'

Bhekisisa Reporters

For nearly three decades, a thriving sex-trafficking industry has been operating between Nigeria and Italy. Can this woman help break the chain?


Raising hope: From street child to mother

Sally Nyakanyanga, Adri Kotze

Abandoned as children, women in Harare are now teaching one another to fight for their futures.


[LISTEN] Marijuana in SA: Is it really legal?

M&G Multimedia

There's a lot of confusion about marijuana in South Africa. Mia Malan sat down with Joan van Dyk to separate fact from fiction.


The ABCs of autism in the classroom: 'He only wants to eat sandwiches with cheese'

Pontsho Pilane

Autistic children experience the world differently, but this doesn’t stop them from learning.


SA gears up to grow medical marijuana

Joan van Dyk

The country may soon begin growing medical marijuana but it will have to meet national guidelines to crack the legal market.


'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.