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Long Form Journalism by the Bhekisisa Team

It's not only women who prefer Caesarean sections

Caesarean vs vaginal birth: A mother’s choice, not her doctor’s

C-sections may result in fewer lawsuits, but they are not always the best option.
The Gauteng government has three months to pay families affected by the Life Esidimeni tragedy.

Gauteng mental health services: ‘They treated him like you don’t even treat a dog’

A decision by the Gauteng department of health has left at least 36 dead but has the scandal lifted the lid on the horrors of mental healthcare?
Members of the Women’s Network educate people on the harmful

​Uncut, unwed and cast out, but a better life awaited

In rural Kenya, a group of strong-willed women is giving traumatised young runaways a second chance at life.
A smoky Port Harcourt street. Doctors have warned of the health-related consequences of the city’s poisonous black soot.

Poisonous haze: Why the air we breathe could kill us

Climate change and air pollution could be conspiring against the continent, and fuelling new levels of death and disease.
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.
Caverson Maliko fears for the safety of his grandson Chipililo Maiden

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

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

Cobras & cures: Why the world is running chronically low on snake antivenom

Each year, millions will be bitten by venomous snakes and for many, antivenom will remain painfully out of reach. Discovering why...
Some lower functioning Care Haven Psychiatric Centre residents are guided through drawing and reading with a staff member as part of a daily programme to keep them active

The promise and peril of ditching South Africa’s psychiatric hospitals

Community mentalhealth care can be better for patients and health systems if it's done right. Find out how one organisation is making it work.
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...
Zimbabwean doctors went on strike in February for more money and more posts. In 2008

How to fund a failing health system

Could Zimbabwe's new Health Development Fund rescue the country's cash-strapped clinics and hospitals?
Do big solutions come in small packages? Questions remain as to how practical baby boxes would be for South African parents and babies.

Could this birth trend make for more serene deliveries?

Water births are a growing phenomenon in South Africa and globally. But this birth method is controversial – scientific evidence is lacking.
From the informal market to booming business: Could this be the future of water?

Water in Ghana from pipe to packet: Is there a hidden cost to this...

In a country where pipes can stop short of reaching home, cheap sachets of water sold on the street could be an unlikely solution, but at what cost?
More than half of men in Diepsloot report having sexually or physically abused a woman in their lifetimes

Rape can happen in an instant but is it generations in the making?

Crime stats released in 2015 reported a drop in rape cases, but experts say this is because fewer people are bothering to report rapes to the police.
Daniel Omar

3D-printed prosthetic limbs: The next revolution in medicine

The process could transform manufacturing and help the 30 million people worldwide in need of artificial limbs and braces.
A teenager receives a vaccination

How this country is beating anti-vaxxers at their own game

One in three French people think vaccines are unsafe, yet vaccine coverage in the country is rising. Here’s how they do...
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.