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Abortion in South Africa: A reporting guide for journalists

Bhekisisa team

Bhekisisa's new manual provides handy information on abortion data in South Africa, how procedures work and what the law says.


The future of water: From your toilet to your tap and back again

Thalia Holmes

The reality is many of us look at water like we do a takeaway container.


Obesity: Is eating slap tjips as bad as smoking?

Adri Kotze

For millennials, it ain't looking good, but are hard-hitting campaigns just fat-shaming and counterproductive?


'No sex, no coffee, no ARVs': Former president's quackery could land him in court

Adri Kotze , Momodou L. Jaiteh

Former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh will be the first African head of state to be tried for violating the rights of HIV-positive people.


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.


Black? A woman? Read why you’re more likely to be a victim of online trolls

Gaia Vince

Are social media algorithms designed to prey the mental health of women and people of colour?


These hospitals have become a home away from home in the Maasai's fight against TB

Christabel Ligami, Adri Kotze

When TB strikes, the fight to live can come at the cost of a way of life for the country's nomads. This could help ease the pain.


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.


Download our easy-to-use safe abortion graphics in six languages for free

Bhekisisa team

Abortion has been legal for more than 20 years in SA but many people still don't know when or where they can get safe terminations. These can help.


What do your period and bananas have in common? Find out

In Rwanda, schoolgirls can now buy locally produced, cheaper sanitary towels


#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.


'I told them I had a miscarriage. But the nurses knew what had really happened'

Ryan Lenora Brown, Adri Kotze

Go inside the international network of women willing to break the law to give people access to termination of pregnancy services.


#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.


When there was no list of free abortion clinics, we made our own. Here's how.

Joan van Dyk

How we found the country's 'missing' abortion providers – and mapped contraception services too.


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.


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.


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.


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.