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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?


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.


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.


Climate change turns dehydration into a deadly epidemic

Jane Palmer

A new kidney disease is striking down labourers in what could be one of the first epidemics caused by global warming.


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.


Boko Haram leaves cruel legacy of trauma and starvation

Adri Kotze , Eromo Egbejule

Lay counsellors are being trained to assist a handful of psychiatrists to deal with the minds of Nigerians racked by Boko Haram terror


How Zambia is beating malaria

A decade ago, most countries used only localised strategies. But Zambia decided to make bed nets, insecticides, and drugs available nationwide.


How much sugar do you drink?

Mia Malan

Half a litre of Coke contains 10 teaspoons of sugar – almost the entire recommended daily sugar allowance. But fruit juice is as bad.


You might have TB and not know it

Demelza Bush

TB treatment is available for free in South Africa. But 20% of people are never diagnosed and spread the disease unknowingly.


Do single people wind up dead sooner in South Africa?

A recent article suggested that single South Africans can live longer by getting married, based on Statistics SA mortality data.


Nocturnal clinics are slashing HIV infection rates among Kenya's stigmatised groups

Benard Kimani

In Kenya, nocturnal HIV clinics attract sex workers and truck drivers, because they keep the same hours as their clients


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Sign up to be part of our survey team and help us check who is providing safe, legal abortions


How to fund a failing health system

Tawanda Karombo, Adri Kotze

Could Zimbabwe's new Health Development Fund rescue the country's cash-strapped clinics and hospitals?


Busted: The myths that could be standing between you and the HIV prevention pill

Joan van Dyk

A single daily tablet could slash your risk of HIV infection, could it be for you?


In good hands: Mozambique's nurses take up the scalpel for safer births

Sara Assarson, Demelza Bush

Surgical technicians have helped halve maternal death rates in Mozambique.


Death brings life: This is what happens after you die

Moheb Costandi

Most of us would rather not know what happens to our bodies after death. But that breakdown gives birth to new life in unexpected ways.


Do medically circumcised men take more risks in the bedroom?

Nelisiwe Msomi

New research may have finally answered an old question.


How do water births help with pain relief?

Demelza Bush

Curious about water births and why they're becoming more popular? We give you the basics in under 2 minutes.