Long Form

Long Form Journalism by the Bhekisisa Team

Nigeria’s maternal mortality is high. But if mothers such as Oluwakemi Junaid won’t go to hospital

Old birth rites, new ways

When bringing a new life into the world risks taking another, even old traditions have to adopt new ways.
In 2013 the psychology’s bible

When the sorrow doesn’t end: Could chronic grief be a medical condition?

The pain of bereavement is supposed to ease with time. When it doesn't, psychiatrists call it 'complicated grief' and it can be treated.
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.
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.
Titoia Kisemei has called the Kajiado District Hospital's manyatta TB ward home since she was diagnosed with the illness. The innovative units are aimed at helping members of the nomadic Maasai adhere to months of TB treatment.

These hospitals have become a home away from home in the Maasai’s fight against...

When TB strikes, the fight to live can come at the cost of a way of life for the country's nomads. This could help ease the pain.
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.
For centuries

A new loo: Gaze into the toilet bowl of the future

Despite our complicated relationship with it, our poo could one day power our cell phones, tablets and laptops.
Two decades and three South African Human Rights Commission investigations later

Does South Africa need a Human Rights Commission?

History repeats as old health emergencies emerge anew. Is the health ombud the person to lead fights the Human Rights Commission started?
Many school learners can’t afford sanitary pads. But an organisation in Rwanda is working with the country’s banana farmers to change this.

What do your period and bananas have in common? Find out

In Rwanda, schoolgirls can now buy locally produced, cheaper sanitary towels
Find out what women go through in India and the United States to access abortion and contraception.

Tales from Trumpland: Health workers will be forced to bury aborted fetal tissue

In the war on women's bodies, the casualties stretch far beyond US' 50 states.
Female genital mutilation is banned in Agamsaha village

Female genital mutilation: Hope blooms in Somaliland

Women in Somaliland are working together with an NGO to eliminate one of the most ancient and extreme practices of female genital mutilation.
This is Simon Antindi

Meet the doctors: Take a look at this country’s first crop of homegrown physicians

Finally capping its own medics, the country must now retain them and coax them into rural areas.
Meet Julius. Studies have shown that he can sniff out about 42% more TB cases than the average lab technician can detect with an ordinary microscope.

Angelina Jolie takes on her biggest role — as a TB-sniffing rat

Angelina might just have saved a life. But is there science to prove it?
The Finnish baby box was introduced in the 1930s when the country was poor

Would you put your baby in a cardboard box? Check out this parenting trend

The Finns’ cardboard box prompts an African graduate to develop a life-saving device for babies.
Period tax: Although funding has allowed for the first round of free pad deliveries in KwaZulu-Natal

#FreeToBleed: Here’s why Mboweni’s announcement of free & tax-free pads matters

Choosing between eating & bleeding through your uniform has a cost. Take a look at the reality behind the budget in this one from our archives.

PrEPing young women for the HIV prevention pill

This tablet can help to protect the country's young women from contracting HIV.