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Long Form Journalism by the Bhekisisa Team

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.

PrEPing young women for the HIV prevention pill

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This tablet can help to protect the country's young women from contracting HIV.
Loud and clear: A billboard in Lilongwe

Malawi to halt prosecutions against LGBTI community

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Malawi says it will no longer enforce anti-homosexuality laws but dangerous homophobia persists on the country's streets - and in its clinics.
In 1992

This country figured out how to stop teen substance abuse, so why has no...

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Find out which nordic nation radically cut teenage smoking, drinking and drug use and how they did it.
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...
A woman watches from her window as police look for evidence after 20-year-old Carlos Barron was shot and killed in Chicago. The city is still very racially segregated and has high rates of violence.

This slashed rates of violence by 70% in some areas. Could it work in...

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In many ways, violence is like cholera, passing from person to person and treating it in similar ways is working to reduce it.
South Sudanese refugee children in northern Uganda

Could this country be among the world’s best for refugees?

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Many Ugandans were once refugees themselves. Now, they are 'paying back the good' and making their country one of the best in the world for refugees.
Caverson Maliko fears for the safety of his grandson Chipililo Maiden

​Bones of gold: ‘You never know when someone will kidnap you’

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Dangerous myths persist about people living with albinism, but a community in Malawi has had enough.

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.
cerebral palsy

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

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Botched births and infections can leave many babies with a life-long inheritance: Cerebral palsy. Many will be dependent on caregivers for their entire lives,...
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 pregnant woman sits on a hospital bed.

Headaches, heartaches & pregnancy: Could this stem preeclampsia’s deadly tide?

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This silent killer stalks expecting mothers around the world and is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality in South Africa. But still,...
Man walking on a dirt road in Togo.

Doing the ‘tramadol dance’: What this latest music craze says about Africa’s pill addiction

The illicit trade in this prescription pain killer has become the stuff of ballads and dance halls but its abuse is threatening to condemn...
Bianca Jonkers* was gang raped and the free Vimba! app puts helped her access counselling and care.

‘I would have killed myself’: Free app puts care at rape survivors’ fingertips

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In Diepsloot, Bhekisisa's Vimba! app is helping rape survivors access life-saving care and treatment.
Nongezile Sinkala walked 7km across hilly terrain and thick bush to get to the nearest taxi rank to take her sick grandson to the hospital.

‘God make us strong, I beg you, keep Luphumlo alive’

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Mia Malan describes the arduous trek an Eastern Cape woman had to undertake to get medical attention for her sick grandson.
LSD hit the clubbing scene and is now a highly controlled substance.

Return trip: Psychedelics are back

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In the first of a two-part series, a band of doctors set out to reclaim LSD and ecstasy for mental health treatments.