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Local is lekker: This African innovation could save hundreds of babies each year

Justus Wanzala, Adri Kotze

Every year, hundreds of thousands of children die gasping for air. This could help to change that.


Slice of Life: 'I shared my abortion experience on Facebook and it went viral'

Nelisiwe Msomi

A horrifying experience at an illegal abortion provider led Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile to use social media to help women access safe abortion services


Death and dignity: How KZN strips cancer patients of their pride

Joan van Dyk

Terminally ill patients in the province have little access to pain relief, or basic care. Here's one man's story.


#LifeEsidimeni: What will the Gauteng government be forced to pay?

Bhekisisa Reporters

The families of the nearly 150 mental health patients who died in the Life Esidimeni tragedy will know today how much they will be compensated.


#Listeriosis: An evil mastermind? Track the thoughts of a killer

Joan van Dyk

We trace the last moments before the source of this potent bacterium was discovered.


#Listeriosis: Meet the family that lost two loved ones

Pontsho Pilane, Mia Malan

Long before red flags were raised, this family fell victim to listeriosis. And this week, tragedy has struck again.


Vaccines in the time of cholera: Inside the new fight against an old foe

Why the world is just waking up to the power of immunisations to tackle this infectious disease and how we’re learning more with every rainy season.


Captured, raped, ransomed: The kidnappers preying on teenagers far from home

Sally Hayden

When Ella and her cousin reached a refugee camp in Sudan, it seemed to herald safety. Instead, it was the start of an all too familiar ordeal.


A grim anniversary: Hundreds of clinics close as Trump’s gag rule turns one

Ryan Lenora Brown

Governments and even anonymous do-gooders are stepping into fill the funding gap left by the US decision, but their pockets will never be deep enough.


‘Cancer I could deal with. Losing my breast I could not.’

Joanna Moorhead

For those with breast cancer, a mastectomy may seem like the best option. But Joanna Moorhead is glad she chose less extensive surgery.


Can you can turn yourself into a broccoli-loving, marathon-running genius?

Will Storr

We used to believe our brains couldn’t be changed. Now we believe they can – if we want it enough. But is that true?


Listeria: Go behind the scenes of SA's race to catch a killer

Joan van Dyk

As deaths mount, take an inside look at the detectives working around the clock to solve the country’s medical mystery.


Women forced into sex to pay hospital bills, study says

Kate Hodal

Patients too poor to settle medical debts are chained to drain pipes, starved and abused in health centres across parts of Africa.


Myths and methadone: Will Egypt’s laws bend to the rising tide of drug abuse?

Ati Metwaly

The real revolution is yet to come when it relates to the country’s opioid epidemic.


Curbside counselling? These 'friendship benches' bring mental health closer to home

Ranga Mberi

One in four Zimbabweans suffers from mental illness, but untrained female health workers are setting a new benchmark for the treatment of patients.


#SizaMap: Find a safe, legal abortion near you with this list of designated providers

Bhekisisa team

Until now, the national and provincial health departments have not been able to say where services are provided. Here's how we found them.


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.