A freak wave that hit Durban's beaches in January is still wreaking havoc in the coastal city

‘No home, no money, no medicine – but who cares? I don’t exist’

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Introduce harm-reduction and HIV programmes – especially for heroin users – before it's too late.
Being overweight is considered to be a form of malnutrition.

Six weighty figures to watch: The SA and global obesity epidemic in numbers

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Numbers don't lie: A new report shows how people across the world keep piling on the kilos.
(Madelene Cronje)

How one project is finally helping reduce the risk of suicide among teens

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When kids at risk of suicide can talk to trained friends & family, they're seven times less likely to die, says one of the...
Tens of thousands of men crisscross Zimbabwe as long-haul truck drivers and the risks they face aren't just on the road.

[From our archives] Go inside the trucker craze fuelling a blackmarket in dangerous ‘sex...

The products themselves could be dangerous and are likely to encourage high-risk sexual behaviour.
Nontokozo Buthelezi

This is what a feminist looks like

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Rape culture doesn't start when a rape is committed. It is built in slow steps in everyday events that help normalise gender-based violence.

The lost particles of grief: How COVID-19 is changing death

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From grandmothers to gravediggers, the sudden, suffocating deaths of the coronavirus pandemic is affecting people in all sectors of South African society. Here’s one...

The dark smell of illness: One family’s struggle for news from inside the ICU

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You can’t visit family members with COVID-19 in hospital. So how do you find out how they’re doing? Mia Malan from the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism documented one woman’s story.
More than half of men in Diepsloot report having sexually or physically abused a woman in their lifetimes

Diepsloot: Where men think it’s their right to rape

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Crime stats released in 2015 reported a drop in rape cases, but experts say this is because fewer people are bothering to report rapes to the police.
Kholekile Rouben Mdaka is one of 3500 claimants bringing a class ­action against Anglo American South Africa.

Silent killer lurks in miners’ lungs

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Silicosis might appear only 15 years after exposure to gold ore dust, long after they have gone home. Heidi Swart reports.
Members of the Women’s Network educate people on the harmful

​Uncut, unwed and cast out, but a better life awaited

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In rural Kenya, a group of strong-willed women is giving traumatised young runaways a second chance at life.
More than half of men in Diepsloot report having sexually or physically abused a woman in their lifetimes

Child rape in Diepsloot: The shocking story that sparked outrage

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Read an excerpt from the award-winning story that kick-started a campaign to link survivors of rape and gender-based violence to care.

Vaccines in the time of cholera: Inside the new fight against an old foe

Why the world is just waking up to the power of immunisations to tackle this infectious disease and how we’re learning more with every rainy season.
Postpartum psychosis

My descent into postpartum psychosis – and how I got out

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A new mother recounts how psychiatric care that nurtured her bond with her baby helped heal her mania.
US professional societies urge women should be warned that water births remain largely untested within the scientific community.

Could a water birth be right for you? Weigh up the pros and cons

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More South African parents are choosing to bring their baby into the world with a splash, but is it better than conventional births?
The Maji Mazuri institute in north-east Nairobi.

Investigation reveals shocking conditions at NGOs caring for disabled people

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Report unearths neglect in Kenyan institutions, yet discrimination means children may be at risk of being killed if they remain in communities
More than 30 000 people in Zimbabwe have been tested for HIV as part of large-scale population-based HIV assessments expected to take place in up to 20 countries.

Home visits give instant HIV results and data set to guide more than a...

The population assessments of the epidemic in sub-Sahara yields information of benefit to patients and to each nation’s plan of action