Jeanny Mbalati and her daughter Dinah outside their home in Soweto. It took them more than a year to get a loved one into a psychiatric hospital following his removal from Life Esidimeni facilities.

72 hours to care: The precarious road to psychiatric help

For many people with severe mental illnesses, these special wards can be a lifeline and the first step to care — if they can get there.
Economic hardship means many health facilities are denying women access to free maternal healthcare.

Long queues tell Zimbabwe’s story of economic crisis and failing healthcare

Many people can no longer afford hospital treatment and medication, and the number of those with medical aid has fallen by a third.

‘I will rape them personally, those drunkard women in the short dresses’

In this township, alcohol makes violent men close to three times more likely to rape a woman.
Widely cited statistics say South Africa trails the United States and Mexico in levels of obesity

Fact Check: No, SA does not weigh in as the world’s 3rd most obese...

Africa Check digs into the data to reveal the surprising truth behind the widely cited statistic
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
Graffiti on a wall in Diepsloot where a penis is likened to an AK47. The Sonke Change found that men are about three times more likely to rape or beat a woman if they are a problem drinker.

Nine factors that make a man more likely to rape or beat a woman

Men who abuse women have often been victims of maltreatment themselves resulting to the intergenerational cycling of abuse.
Autistic children in Lesotho don't have a school of their own. Most of them

Not a school in sight: Autistic children travel 500 km to learn

A mother's love led her to South Africa to find a school for her son with autism.
Zimbabwe's tough abortion laws aren't curbing terminations

Inside the illegal abortion market: ‘I nearly touched hell’

Zimbabwe’s tight abortion laws aren’t curbing demand, they’re driving them underground — and it’s about to get worse.
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.
Women queue outside of a Malawian health facility for healthcare for their children. Moving rape crisis centres out of central hospitals in Malawi and into clinics closer to communities might increase the number of people who use them

What’s the one thing rape crisis centres in SA & Malawi are missing?

Why the woes facing South Africa’s Thuthuzela Care Centres may not be as unique as we thought.
Malawi's women suffer in silence as the country continues to outlaw abortions but change may be on the horizon.

Will rape survivors finally be able to have legal abortions?

Unsafe terminations in Malawi may be curbed after a new law is enacted, but it’s just the first step
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.
South Africa’s rolled out the world’s first pill-popping ATMs. Now what?

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.
Blood cancer patients such as Retha Wessels are forced to get a life-saving drug illegally to avoid paying thousands for it each month.

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.
A research team installs novel solar-powered mosquito traps on rural Rusinga Island in Western Kenya.

Beer and stinky feet could be a fatal combination – for mosquitos

Could a new manmade concoction of mundane odours stop malaria?
High-priced technology puts a price tag on life.

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

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