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.
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.
For those with breast cancer, a mastectomy may seem like the best option. But Joanna Moorhead is glad she chose less extensive surgery.
We used to believe our brains couldn’t be changed. Now we believe they can – if we want it enough. But is that true?
As deaths mount, take an inside look at the detectives working around the clock to solve the country’s medical mystery.
Patients too poor to settle medical debts are chained to drain pipes, starved and abused in health centres across parts of Africa.
The real revolution is yet to come when it relates to the country’s opioid epidemic.
One in four Zimbabweans suffers from mental illness, but untrained female health workers are setting a new benchmark for the treatment of patients.
Go inside the international network of women willing to break the law to give people access to termination of pregnancy services.
Until now, the national and provincial health departments have not been able to say where services are provided. Here's how we found them.
How we found the country's 'missing' abortion providers – mapped contraception services too.
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.
The products themselves could be dangerous and are likely to encourage high-risk sexual behaviour.
The country can't produce its own paediatric heart surgeons. But that may be beginning to change, starting in Cape Town.
More than three decades into the HIV epidemic, some conversations haven't become any easier. This is one of them.
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?
Find out which nordic nation radically cut teenage smoking, drinking and drug use and how they did it.
For nearly three decades, a thriving sex-trafficking industry has been operating between Nigeria and Italy. Can this woman help break the chain?
Abandoned as children, women in Harare are now teaching one another to fight for their futures.
There's a lot of confusion about marijuana in South Africa. Mia Malan sat down with Joan van Dyk to separate fact from fiction.
Autistic children experience the world differently, but this doesn’t stop them from learning.
The country may soon begin growing medical marijuana but it will have to meet national guidelines to crack the legal market.
State cancer patients have nowhere to turn, even if their cancer is treatable.
Early screening for cervical cancer can be a lifesaver but are nonprofit organisations enough to fill the gap in KZN's crumbling system?
Thanks to a pioneering project survivors and perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide now live side by side in 'reconciliation villages'.
We take a look at some of the unlikely customers hitting up SA's breast milk banks.
It starts with a swab but does it end with a diagnosis? Why the trickiest part of DIY HIV testing happens after the test.
Traditional West African ‘healers’ and Sicilian psychiatrists are struggling to help free Nigerian women forced into prostitution.
Despite our complicated relationship with it, our poo could one day power our cell phones, tablets and laptops.
Ikponwosa Ero went from a child who felt different to the United Nations’ first independent expert on albinism.
Partners and families allegedly drugged women and in some cases even physically restrained them as doctors performed the procedure.
Bhekisisa means "to scrutinise" in Zulu
In South Africa, Zulu patients who would like to be thoroughly assessed by a doctor, would ask the physician to "bhekisisa" them.