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.
Being bilingual is better for your brain. Now

Speak more than one language? This is what it does to your brain.

Speaking more than one language could lead to better tests scores and even being a more empathetic person.
End of the road: Ntombizodwa Matthews was wheeled put of Mafikeng Provincial Hospital in April because the facility had no staff to care for her. A month later she was buried.

Who killed Ntombizodwa Matthews? Politics, protest & corruption in the North West

A month after she was wheeled out of a North West hospital in a barrow, Ntombizodwa Matthews met her end. Her family blames politics for her death.
West African footballers practise at a ground in Naya Bazaar

Football’s dashed hopes: The teenagers sold a Premier League lie

They thought they were signing up for a dream but it turned out to be a trafficking nightmare.
Climate change is not only putting strain on our water supply

The future of water: From your toilet to your tap and back again

The reality is many of us look at water like we do a takeaway container.

Obesity: Is eating slap tjips as bad as smoking?

For millennials, it ain't looking good, but are hard-hitting campaigns just fat-shaming and counterproductive?
Girls carry bottled water in Maputo

Could this be the second major city on the verge of a ‘day zero’?

Taps in capital city of Maputo being turned off every other day as climate change exacerbates southern African drought
The Gambian court case is the first to hold an African head of state accountable for violating the rights of people living with HIV.

‘No sex, no coffee, no ARVs’: Former president’s quackery could land him in court

Former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh will be the first African head of state to be tried for violating the rights of HIV-positive people.
Gasping for air: How this African innovation is helping the tiniest patients breathe a little easier.

Local is lekker: How this Kenyan hospital began to make its own supply of...

Every year, hundreds of thousands of children die gasping for air. This could help to change that.
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.
Social media has become a breading ground for racism and other harmful behaviour.

Black? A woman? Read why you’re more likely to be a victim of online...

Are social media algorithms designed to prey the mental health of women and people of colour?
Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile started a Facebook group to support women who have had abortions or are looking to access abortions while also acting as a support system to victims of illegal abortion providers.

Slice of Life: ‘I shared my abortion experience on Facebook and it went viral’

A horrifying experience at an illegal abortion provider led Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile to use social media to help women access safe abortion services
Undignified death: Roxanne Premchund

Death and dignity: How KZN strips cancer patients of their pride

Terminally ill patients in the province have little access to pain relief, or basic care. Here's one man's story.
A medical scientist at the NICD prepares listeria samples for DNA sampling.

Listeria outbreak over: Your polony is safe, now meet the scientists you can thank

SA's listeria epidemic is over. Take a look at the detectives who traced the epidemic's source in this feature from our archives.
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
Natalie Lewis believes if the health department investigated her mother's death this could have prevented 180 people from dying from listeriosis.

#Listeriosis: Meet the family that lost two loved ones

Long before red flags were raised, this family fell victim to listeriosis. And this week, tragedy has struck again.