When these women fell pregnant

Forced abortions: A new frontier in the war on women’s bodies?

Partners and families allegedly drugged women and in some cases even physically restrained them as doctors performed the procedure.
The Harare Central Hospital follows a ‘demedicalised’

Zimbabwe health workers fight the odds to provide free care to disabled children

A Harare rehabilitation unit offers impaired youngsters free therapy and supports parents too.
A high proportion of Egypt’s population is blind or visually impaired but this does not stop them playing football. The ball rattles as it moves

Football like you’ve never seen it: On the pitch with this blind soccer team

Blind football represents hope and belonging for Egypt's one million visually impaired.
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

More South African parents are choosing to bring their baby into the world with a splash, but is it better than conventional births?
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.
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?
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

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.
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

Read an excerpt from the award-winning story that kick-started a campaign to link survivors of rape and gender-based violence to care.
Young people in Uganda can go to youth-friendly clinics for sexual health problems.

Youth-friendly sexual health clinics put Ugandans at ease

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.
In Central African Republic

‘I was kicked out of our house by his parents’, say widows

If a man dies in the Central African Republic, his wife is at risk of being evicted from their home by his relatives.
Tholakele Memela sought help when she realised the symptoms for HIV and a sangoma’s calling were similar.

Sangomas learn to meld muti with conventional medicine

Traditional and Western healers team up to treat patients with HIV and tuberculosis because many people consult more than one health system.

Obesity: Is eating slap tjips as bad as smoking?

For millennials, it ain't looking good, but are hard-hitting campaigns just fat-shaming and counterproductive?
Everyday life in Cairo: but the city has become a hub for the organ trade.

Organ trafficking: ‘They locked me in and took my kidney’

Desperate to reach Europe, migrants from Africa are travelling to Egypt to sell body parts to pay for their passage.
A health extension worker visits Brahini Mokonen at her home

‘If it wasn’t for them I would have died:’ How community health workers save...

Ethiopia's rural health extension workers have helped halve the country's child death rate.
Parents with mental illness

Growing up with a mother who has schizophrenia is tough on a child

When a parent is diagnosed with a mental illness, the chances of emotional support are decreased and the risk of family discord is high.
Brian Turyabagye and his team have developed a biomedical kit for early diagnosis and continuous monitoring of pneumonia patients.

Medical smart jacket tackles misdiagnosis of pneumonia

Jacket would detect symptoms up to four times faster than a doctor.