Bikers travel to health communities to deliver TB treatment.

Bikers go full throttle to speed up TB cure in Zimbabwe

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A programme with the health department sees motorbikes being used to deliver drugs to people in far-flung places who can't afford the fare.
Keneth Ndua demonstrates his stove invention

Ndua’s stove keeps a lid on cholera in Kenya

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Women said they couldn't afford to boil water and cook, so a local inventor rolled up his sleeves.
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

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Traditional and Western healers team up to treat patients with HIV and tuberculosis because many people consult more than one health system.
An Apostolic woman walks along train tracks on her way back from a mountain prayer session.

Mothers and babies at risk in Apostolic church ‘birth camps’

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Leaders of Zimbabwe's Apostolic sects are warming to the idea of women giving birth at health clinics.
Remote: Zodwa Zulu*

It’s only 32km to the state clinic, but for the poor that’s a world...

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Some residents in rural towns in Mpumalanga have to chose between buying food or going to the doctor.
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.
Scans have been used to compare brain activity between people who took psilocybin

Therapists test psychedelic chaos to cure depression and addiction

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Psychiatrists have since turned to antidepressants, mood stabilisers and antipsychotics that aren’t curative.
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.
Lifting a load: Aerobics is helping sometimes suspicious elderly people in Diepsloot to deal with mental illness in their families and community.

Gogos step up for peace of mind

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Depression among the elderly is largely overlooked, but exercise can help to counter it.
More than half of men in Diepsloot report having sexually or physically abused a woman in their lifetimes

Diepsloot: Where men think it’s their right to rape

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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.
The youngsters have successfully completed their initiation and are now regarded as men. The campsite where the initiates stayed is burnt after the initiation is completed.

[From our archives] The boys who lost their manhood

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During this initiation season, we look back at what happened in 2013 when bungled initiations cost boys their penises.
Kholekile Rouben Mdaka is one of 3500 claimants bringing a class ­action against Anglo American South Africa.

Silent killer lurks in miners’ lungs

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Silicosis might appear only 15 years after exposure to gold ore dust, long after they have gone home. Heidi Swart reports.

Rural hospitals in terminal crisis

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Accessing healthcare in this rural town has never been easy. Shortages of staff as well as medical equipment makes it difficult for this hospital...

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.
Shattered dreams: A tradition called ukuthwala sees girls as young as 13 years forced into marriages with older men.

Is today’s ukuthwala a perversion of an earlier tradition?

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The kidnapping of young girls ignores the 'niceties' of a cultural practice.
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.