The boys who lost their manhood
During this initiation season, we look back at what happened in 2013 when bungled initiations cost boys their penises.
This popular birth control shot is out of stock for the second year running....
Women who have been forced to go without their usual birth control shot are now facing the consequences of months-long shortages.
Bringing home baby when your bae is HIV positive & you’re not
Sperm washing, assisted insemination & long hospital waits — if you were lucky. This is what falling pregnant when you were HIV-positive used to look like. But things are changing for the better.
From the mouths of babes: This is what it’s like to be diagnosed with...
Death comes for us all and when it does, we hope it’s a good one. We hope it has meaning, we hope it’s painless and that those we leave behind are cared for. Turns out, it doesn’t matter if you’re 80 or eight.
He would ransom the pills for something more precious than profit: His wife’s life
When a few months of treatment costs as much as a house, some patients are taking their lives and the law into their own hands to survive.
How this country is beating anti-vaxxers at their own game
One in three French people think vaccines are unsafe. Here's how the country is fighting antivaxxers through social media.
Doctor smartphone and other tales from the bedroom
From how to spice up your sex life to the more mundane, “does this look weird to you”, there are some questions you just don’t want to ask your friends and family. Relax. Now, there’s an app for that.
Water in Ghana from pipe to packet: Is there a hidden cost to this...
In a country where pipes can stop short of reaching home, cheap sachets of water sold on the street could be an unlikely solution, but at what cost?
Bosasa, Gavin Watson & the human cost of corruption
Bosasa bribed its way into contracts. Meet the four-year-old who paid the price.
One she called the ‘minister of love’. The other? He was the ‘minister of...
Since the country’s rollout, less than a quarter of people who’ve started taking the HIV prevention pill are young women — despite high HIV rates.
Doing the ‘tramadol dance’: What this latest music craze says about Africa’s pill addiction
Laura Salm-Reifferscheidt takes a look at the global sensation — the tramadol dance — that’s topping the charts in Africa’s effort to curb drug abuse.
mhealth’s power & pitfalls: An SMS a day keeps teens alive
This clinic used monthly SMSes to remind HIV-positive teens to collect their pills until one day... Take a look at the power and pitfalls of mhealth.
The WHO, the drug & women’s right to choose: The story behind dolutegravir
Take a look at the newest HIV treatment set to hit South Africa's shores in 2019.
‘Most complex health crisis in history’: Congo struggles to contain Ebola
Political, security and cultural complications – not least a refusal to believe that Ebola exists – have thwarted efforts to overcome DRC’s deadly outbreak.
Painkillers can be a big headache
Migraine sufferers may not realise that drug overuse can be a large part of the problem.
How to get South Africans to buy into the next big thing in medicine
These ATMs can decrease the number of patients in clinics but health workers are not helping to achieve that goal.