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

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In this township, alcohol makes violent men close to three times more likely to rape a woman. Brown Lekekela heads over to the flipchart...

Is DIY HIV testing the latest Cape Town trend?

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It starts with a swab but does it end with a diagnosis? Why the trickiest part of DIY HIV testing happens after the test.
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?

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Why the woes facing South Africa’s Thuthuzela Care Centres may not be as unique as we thought.
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’

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Desperate to reach Europe, migrants from Africa are travelling to Egypt to sell body parts to pay for their passage.
Water hyacinth isn’t just good at being abundant – its foliage also contains a high ratio of carbon to nitrogen. The combination makes it ideal as a renewable gas source via bio digesters like this one.

Why the fight against this weed could pay off handsomely for an energy-strapped SA

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This invasive plant clogs our dam and rivers but in Kenya, it’s become the next big thing in renewable energy.
Female genital mutilation is banned in Agamsaha village

Female genital mutilation: Hope blooms in Somaliland

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Women in Somaliland are working together with an NGO to eliminate one of the most ancient and extreme practices of female genital mutilation.
The XX factor: Could the genetic make-up of people with uteruses give them the fighting edge when it comes to surviving the world's elimination rounds?

Five things you should know about your vagina

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Science is learning more about your vagina. So should you.
Do big solutions come in small packages? Questions remain as to how practical baby boxes would be for South African parents and babies.

The pros and cons of C-sections and vaginal births

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Planning for a baby? Before deciding on a birth plan, find out what you need to know to make an informed decision.
Eritrean women at a refugee camp in Sudan. Experts say kidnapping has become big business along the Eritrean border.

Captured, raped, ransomed: The kidnappers preying on teenagers far from home

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When Ella and her cousin reached a refugee camp in Sudan, it seemed to herald safety. Instead, it was the start of an all too familiar ordeal.
Gaba Dlamini is one of over 300 doctors in Gauteng who received special training to treat men who have sex with men.

A group of doctors is breaking down barriers one dot at a time

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Looking for a doctor who is non-judgmental about your sexuality? Look no further the yellow dot doctors, they have seen it all
We really might be able to teach an old dog new tricks.

Can you can turn yourself into a broccoli-loving, marathon-running genius?

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We used to believe our brains couldn’t be changed. Now we believe they can – if we want it enough. But is that true?
Angela Baloyi no longer sleeps in the room she shared with her five-year-old brother after a man snuck in one night and raped her. She was eight months’ pregnant.

‘I didn’t think it was necessary to use condoms because I was only 15.’

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This province reported skyrocketing rates of teen pregnancy but behind the figures lies a story about sex, knowledge and data.
Goodness Mbatha says the Treatment Action Campaign protested about conditions at Mamelodi Hospital.

Labour contracts stall upgrades to Mamelodi Hospital

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The Gauteng health department has admitted to problems at the facility, seen by the public protector.
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?

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Unsafe terminations in Malawi may be curbed after a new law is enacted, but it’s just the first step

A grim anniversary: Hundreds of clinics close as Trump’s gag rule turns one

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Governments and even anonymous do-gooders are stepping into fill the funding gap left by the US decision, but their pockets will never be deep...
Most South Africans have the TB germ - so why aren't they sick?

Finding South Africa’s missing TB patients

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For many tuberculosis (TB) patients, the road to a cure begins with a simple test. Today, South Africa is rolling out the world’s best technology...