This former dictator invented a fake HIV cure, but banned female genital cutting
Having banned female genital cutting, his ousting was good for democracy, but but bad for women's bodies.
Headaches, heartaches & pregnancy: Could this stem preeclampsia’s deadly tide?
This silent killer stalks expecting mothers around the world and is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality in South Africa. But still,...
Harsh prison air left mark on Madiba
Madiba's prison past may have played a role in his recurrent lung infections.
Ebola thrives on the scraps of war and blight
Personal accounts from Liberia and Sierra Leone bring home the devastation wrought by the virus.
“I thought it’s just what fathers do.” How sex ed can tackle child abuse
Thousands of children are abused by someone close to them but are unable to report it, because they’re either too scared or don’t realise they’re being abused. Here’s how training teachers to provide proper sex education can help them.
Why life with this common condition can be an emotional rollercoaster
Having a chronic illness can raise your risk of depression. For diabetics, the blood sugar high and lows of everyday life take an extra toll.
‘I would lie and listen to my pain’: The multitasking mavericks fighting for a...
Morphine was first introduced to Uganda 30 years ago, but as the burden of cancer increases, thousands of people still lack access to even basic treatment for pain relief.
How this 19-year-old fell prey to human traffickers
Unsafe in Somalia and unwanted in Kenya, refugees increasingly risk abduction in search of a better life.
How a dying woman’s bed was taken by an ANC official
In the Free State, access to health services can depend on who you know, as the tragic case of one woman illustrates.
#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.
Bosasa, Gavin Watson & the human cost of corruption
Bosasa bribed its way into contracts. Meet the four-year-old who paid the price.
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.
Double stigma leaves gay men with little hope
Stereotyping prevents men who sleep with other men from accessing proper treatment and prevention of HIV infection.
Circumcision: Child’s death scares off patients
Work on HIV prevention may be undone after a boy has died after a medical circumcision procedure.
From stranded to solitude: How the short-lived relief of repatriation could be people’s tipping...
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.
Touch-and-go breast tech is no substitute for mammograms
SureTouch does not claim to be a substitute for proper breast cancer screening, but patients are being misled.