‘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...

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.

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...
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...

[From the archives] The lockdown women planning their escape from abusive homes

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Take a look back at the barriers survivors of gender-based violence faced in the stricter levels of South Africa's coronavirus lockdown. Back then, shelters...
Emma Theofelus

At 23, she is one of Africa’s youngest ministers. The COVID-19 outbreak has been...

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Emma Theofelus was appointed Namibia’s information, communication and technology deputy minister a week after the novel coronavirus hit the country's shores: 'I have literally...

Pandemic politics: Community health workers gear up to fight COVID-19 with little protection,...

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Around the world, SARS-CoV-2 has stopped everyday life dead in its tracks. The virus has also scratched open old wounds between the health department...

Can you pause a pandemic? Inside the race to stop the spread of COVID-19...

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Tracing the close contacts of people who test positive for coronavirus disease is a delicate dance. Here’s why these health workers wait for the...

#QuarantineChronicles: Departure & distrust

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South Africans in Wuhan are set to come back home on Friday, but our secret journaller has a few final thoughts to share in...

#QuarantineChronicles: The pen

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This South African has been quarantined for weeks. He doesn’t mind spending time alone, but these days he finds himself more and more puzzled by people, their habits, and strangely their attitude towards pens.

#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...

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...
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,...

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...

Mining’s tragic legacy: Open pits have become tombs

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Government, international watchdogs, corporations all swear they're not the ones to blame for the gaping holes in the ground that swallow up men, women...

The long walk back to yourself: How this hospital revolutionised rural rehabilitation

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Bhojana Mathunywa was attacked by four men for bag of tobacco. Now, slowly but surely, this team of rural therapists is helping him recover the everyday skills he lost. (Dylan Bush, Bhekisisa)