#SayHerName: The faces of South Africa’s femicide epidemic

This is an ode to the women whose names made it into news outlets between 2018 and 2020. It’s also a tribute to those who didn’t – the faceless, nameless women whose stories will remain untold. This project is a collaboration among Bhekisisa, Media Hack and the Canon Collins Trust.

A doctor born of hope

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This man from rural Eastern Cape had to travel all the way to Cuba to make his dream of becoming a doctor come true. Now, he is back home and treating patients at the same hospital his mother used to sell fruit in front of when he was a boy.
Protesting journalists

India arrests dozens of journalists in clampdown on critics of COVID-19 response

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Reporters for independent outlets, many in rural areas, say pressure won’t deter them from covering embarrassing stories Facing a continuing upward trajectory in COVID-19 cases,...

Something in the water: Did gas exploration poison this community?

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Doctors in this country are saying an outbreak of mysterious deaths all have one thing in common: How close they are to this international...

‘If men are these monsters’: Life in the fray of SA’s gender-based violence projects

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South Africa is rushing to roll out its first national gender-based violence action plan. But as bureaucracy and the coronavirus pandemic stall progress, violence against women continues unabated. And the hot spots that will receive extra resources, it seems, have been wrongly identified.
Lesotho netcare hospital

Why the public-private partnership to build Lesotho’s only specialist hospital floundered

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It was hailed as a revolution in private investment in healthcare in Africa but almost a decade after it was opened, Lesotho’s only specialist...

Behind the masks: Meet the people who keep Gauteng’s field hospital going

Get to know the cleaners, plumbers and therapists who work at the Nasrec field hospital. Plus, find out what happens to newspapers, food, and medical...

A new kind of chemistry: Why science is rethinking the humble bed net

Disease-spreading mozzies may be getting wise to our best defences, but science is fighting back. Ruth Uwamahoro clutched her toddler son tight. The strength of...

The gravediggers of Kano: Why doctors and diggers alike face grim choices in this...

This country has more than 200-million people, so why has it only logged 22 000 coronavirus tests? Musa Abubakar used to dig two or three...

From stranded to solitude: How the short-lived relief of repatriation could be people’s tipping...

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As South Africa enters level two of its national lockdown, international travel remains restricted. One of the few exceptions are repatriation flights, which require a mandatory quarantine period. But the toll of mounting stress and isolation may have long-term consequences on people’s mental health.
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,...

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.

When ambulances wouldn’t respond to calls in this community, one woman started her own...

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Where ambulances fear to tread: Life in Africa's largest informal settlement is rife with problems. Getting emergency care shouldn't be one of them, says...

‘I had to kill so many people’: The battle to protect children in conflicts

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25,000 grave violations were committed against children in conflict in 2019, says the UN, which hopes to highlight issue with new international day.

#QuarantineChronicles: The girl who cracked

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Being isolated for days on end was too much for this student, locked up alone in her dormitory room in Wuhan, China. Her friends...

‘No bed for people like me’: When the old are left to die

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Despite clear evidence they are most at risk, older people are seen as dispensable as younger patients are prioritised in the fight against COVID-19...