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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.


'We visit these clinics at night so people don't see us'

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.


Finding South Africa's missing TB patients

Bhekisisa team

Every year, almost 500 000 people in South Africa develop TB and only half will ever be cured - see why.


Doctors pass the scalpel to nurses in the quest for safer births

Sara Assarson

A doctor shortage in war-torn Mozambique paved the way for a new breed of surgeons that have slashed deaths among new mothers.


Malawi to halt prosecutions against LGBTI community

Malawi says it will no longer enforce anti-homosexuality laws but dangerous homophobia persists on the country's streets - and in its clinics.


This low-tech 'app' could help you manage your blood pressure - and be a better cook

Gladys has hypertension, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the most deadly non-communicable disease in the world.


This disposable piece of technology might save your life – if you can afford it

Ina Skosana

Many diabetics are dependent on expensive blood sugar testing strips to stay alive. Most in South Africa can't afford it.


Boko Haram: 'Deradicalisation' is the only hope for the stolen when they're 'free'

Adri Kotze

Could psychosocial programmes turn extremists into moderates?


'I was married to Boko Haram:' Life in the shadow of captivity

Eromo Egbejule

Most were abducted, others chose to go but all have to face the stigma and hope for acceptance.


#FreeToBleed: The struggle of being too poor to afford pads

Pontsho Pilane

Choosing between eating and bleeding through your school uniform comes at a cost.


Men, booze and rape: What's the link?

Studies show that there is a strong link between sexual violence and alcohol abuse. Mia Malan explains.


3D-printed prosthetic limbs: the next revolution in medicine

Ian Birrell

The process could transform manufacturing and help the 30 million people worldwide in need of artificial limbs and braces


Inspectors unearth rat infestation at Gauteng school following poisoning

Nelisiwe Msomi

Poor handling practices as well as storage, cooking equipment and fridges - and rats - increase the risk of food poisoning.


When is an abortion legal?

Ina Skosana

Find out when you can terminate a pregnancy and who should be doing it.


'It didn't take long for [the fetus] to come out. There was a human-like form.'

Ina Skosana

Left with little choice, many women turn to illegal abortionists to terminate their pregnancies.


How to spot an illegal abortion

Here are three ways to tell whether or not you might be going for an abortion at an illegitimate practitioner.


Why life with this common condition can be an emotional rollercoaster

Nelisiwe Msomi

Having a chronic illness can raise your risk of depression. For diabetics, the blood sugar high and lows of everyday life take an extra toll.


Could this birth trend make for more serene deliveries?

Pontsho Pilane

Water births are a growing phenomenon in South Africa and globally. But this birth method is controversial – scientific evidence is lacking.


Watch list: Four things that could change healthcare as we know it

Nelisiwe Msomi

Fact may be stranger than science fiction as artificial intelligence moves into consulting rooms.