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Need an abortion? Find clinics you can trust here

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This database shows you where you can find safe family planning services near you. It’s verified two to four times a year by a dedicated team of data capturers and ‘secret shopper’ callers.

Farmers vs. pharmacists: How South Africa’s ivermectin use slips through the cracks

There’s less demand for human ivermectin in South Africa when the country is in between COVID waves. But nobody is tracking how many people may be using the animal formulation.

[PHOTOS]: ‘We need staff, psychological help’: Go inside a Gauteng COVID ICU fighting the...

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Driven by a more infectious new COVID variant, the second wave of South Africa’s coronavirus pandemic has seen considerably more infections than the first wave. This meant health workers have had to deal with more hospitalisations and deaths — and pressure. Bhekisisa visited George Mukhari Academic Hospital north of Tshwane to document the second wave realities experienced by doctors and nurses.

Sexual violence and unintended pregnancy in South Africa: Is there a link?

A study among adolescents and young women in South African universities found that girls who had experienced sexual violence were more likely to report...

‘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.

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...
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,...

How to save a life: Easing grief from inside COVID ICUs

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An app, a few volunteers, and buy-in from doctors can make the frontlines a kinder place for patients, staff, and families. Editor's note:...

Why #COVID19 anti-corruption campaigns could make people more likely to pay bribes

Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa was clear: COVID-19 funds have been stolen and misused, food parcels have been diverted from households in need and...

‘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 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...
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...

#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...