'I didn’t think it was necessary to use condoms because I was only 15.'

Joan van Dyk

This province reported skyrocketing rates of teen pregnancy but behind the figures lies a story about sex, knowledge and data.


Durban delays re-opening of city's only needle exchange programme

Joan van Dyk

The project’s closure six months ago forced some injecting drug users to share needles and risk infections such as HIV and Hepatitis C.


Plant, pick, pack: Finding Mpumalanga's missing fruit pickers

Joan van Dyk

In this province, the agricultural and mining sectors draw thousands of workers each year – and then they disappear. Here’s why we need to find them.


Estranged bedfellows: Why the private sector remains wary of universal healthcare

Joan van Dyk

Globally, one in four private healthcare groups surveyed won’t work with governments.


'If climate change goes on as is, people will need to be relocated – we need a plan'

Joan van Dyk

Few governments are prepared to care for the people forced to leave their countries as a result of conflict or climate change. Here's why.


Love & other drugs: Men could make all the difference in keeping your baby HIV free

Joan van Dyk

Men can help to prevent new HIV infections by showing up for their partners. Here’s how:


The tobacco industry says vaping is 95% safer than smoking. Should you believe it?

Joan van Dyk

Find out what you need to know with this latest article in our series separating tobacco fact from fiction.


South Africa makes history: an HIV-positive mom donates her liver

Joan van Dyk

This mother asked doctors to allow her to save her child. Read how she did it.


Show us the data: Bhekisisa responds to #BigTobacco

Dear Tisa, you have a point but we’ve got a reason to be wary.


Dying of the light: How Soweto lost its only hospice

Joan van Dyk

Hospice isn't just a place to die but funding cuts – and that perception – could be killing our chances of a kinder death as refuges close