The long walk back to yourself: How this hospital revolutionised rural rehabilitation

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Bhojana Mathunywa was attacked by four men for bag of tobacco. Now, slowly but surely, this team of rural therapists is helping him recover the everyday skills he lost. (Dylan Bush, Bhekisisa)
Maasai girls participate in a newly conceived rite of passage to mark their ascent into womanhood

When police crashed her wedding, she was 8. Her soon-to-be husband was 67.

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Across the continent, women are helping to reimagine a sacred rite of passage in an effort to honour their cultures and spare their bodies.
Choose whole-grain breads to help keep your child fuller for longer.

How to pack the best lunch for your kids in five easy steps

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Not up to the daily dilemma of what to pack your little ones for lunch? Beef up your children’s lunch boxes with these quick tips.
Young people in Uganda can go to youth-friendly clinics for sexual health problems.

Youth-friendly sexual health clinics put Ugandans at ease

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Clinics dedicated to young people are ideal but the poor nation struggles to provide at least a basic service for those who can't access them.
Editar Ochieng leaves a chemist in Kibera having purchased termination pills. (Kate Holt, The Guardian)

“People have normalised rape… but no one talks about abortion. When I do, the...

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With terminations outlawed in Kenya, women and girls in its largest slum have to rely on expensive and unreliable under-the-counter pills, toxic chemicals or...
A teenager receives a vaccination

How this country is beating anti-vaxxers at their own game

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One in three French people think vaccines are unsafe, yet vaccine coverage in the country is rising. Here’s how they do it. In February...

#QuarantineChronicles: The girl who cracked

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Being isolated for days on end was too much for this student, locked up alone in her dormitory room in Wuhan, China. Her friends...
The quest for a better life may be going virtual.

Gaming medicine: Virtual reality is bringing real-time relief for chronic pain

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Virtual reality isn’t just for video games anymore. It’s revolutionising medicine, including the way we manage pain.
High-priced technology puts a price tag on life.

From our archives: This disposable piece of technology might save your life – if...

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

Bringing home baby when your bae is HIV positive & you’re not

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Sperm washing, assisted insemination & long hospital waits — if you were lucky. This is what falling pregnant when you were HIV-positive used to...
From the informal market to booming business: Could this be the future of water?

Water in Ghana from pipe to packet: Is there a hidden cost to this...

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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?
Cataract surgery will become part of Madagascar's universal healthcare programme.

Truth about cataracts is plain to see: They can be treated

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More developing countries are offering sight-saving surgery in their public health systems, but specialist eye surgeons are in short supply.
The HIV prevention pill allows users to take control of their sex lives.

#AIDS2016:“I’ve taken control of my sex life. I use an HIV prevention pill.”

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An HIV prevention pill can reduce HIV-negative people's chances of contracting HIV by more than 90%.
A mother delivers via C-section in Mozambique. In South Africa

A changing birth: What’s behind SA’s skyrocketing c-section rates?

Almost one in four babies born at public hospitals come into the world via c-section but is it costing some women their lives?
The community of Mbyo

‘My neighbour murdered nearly all of my family, but now we are friends’

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Thanks to a pioneering project survivors and perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide now live side by side in 'reconciliation villages'.

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.