For centuries

A new loo: Gaze into the toilet bowl of the future

Despite our complicated relationship with it, our poo could one day power our cell phones, tablets and laptops.
Raeez Safar practices yoga at Pollsmoor Prison. The prison is one of about nine nationwide part of a SevaUnite programme that teaches inmates yoga through in-person classes and correspondence.

Mental shift: Yoga makes its way behind the walls of South African prisons

It's World Yoga Day. Mindfulness has seen a resurgence in popularity and is slowly making its way behind the walls of prisons in South Africa.
Sex workers can take a pill that significantly reduces the risk of HIV infection.

HIV-prevention pill: The deeply personal journey of a male sex worker in Kenya

A pill dispenser with an electronic cap monitors daily adherence to a regimen that may curb HIV among sex workers – and in broader society.
Tender delays have pushed a shortage of the popular birth control shot Nur-Isterate into its second year.

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.
Children's lives are saved in Libya by doctors who can do heart surgery in countries without decent health systems.

Libya’s war kills little children in need of heart surgery

The country's health system is ravaged, but a team of volunteer doctors visit regularly: operating on the desperate and training local medical staff.

Waiting game: Why a home away from home for pregnant women could be a...

When hospitals are few and far between, these shelters become homes away from home for expecting mothers. Find out how countries...
Stolen: These girls

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

Could psychosocial programmes turn extremists into moderates?
Most medical aids won't cover a new

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.
Young refugees at Kenya’s sprawling Dadaab refugee complex are seen during a visit from Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai.

How this 19-year-old fell prey to human traffickers

Unsafe in Somalia and unwanted in Kenya, refugees increasingly risk abduction in search of a better life.
What’s behind mysterious cancer hot spots popping up all over the world?

Could this finally solve the Eastern Cape’s cancer mystery?

The substances that cause cancer leave their fingerprints behind. Now, the world may be closer than ever to unravelling the clues hidden in our DNA.
Nigeria’s maternal mortality is high. But if mothers such as Oluwakemi Junaid won’t go to hospital

Old birth rites, new ways

When bringing a new life into the world risks taking another, even old traditions have to adopt new ways.
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How one project is finally helping reduce the risk of suicide among teens

When kids at risk of suicide can talk to trained friends & family, they're seven times less likely to die, says one...
Pregnant woman

Solar power, text messages fight maternal deaths in rural Cameroon

Solar power, solar electricity and mobile technology are helping to reduce the rate of maternal mortality in Cameroon.
cerebral palsy

A parent’s place? Meet the women fighting for space at SA’s rural hospitals

Botched births and infections can leave many babies with a life-long inheritance: Cerebral palsy. Many will be dependent on caregivers for...
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize

The National Health Insurance: Can Zweli Mkhize pull this off?

Can the health minister fix our health system and what will it take? Here’s what Mkhize’s character, views and his past...
A Stats SA report stated that only 24.4% of deaths in 2015 were of married people

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.