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Editar Ochieng leaves a chemist in Kibera having purchased termination pills. (Kate Holt, The Guardian)

“People have normalised rape… but no one talks about abortion. When I do, the...

With terminations outlawed in Kenya, women and girls in its largest slum have to rely on expensive and unreliable under-the-counter pills,...

Bringing home baby when your bae is HIV positive & you’re not

Sperm washing, assisted insemination & long hospital waits — if you were lucky. This is what falling pregnant when you were...

Why there’s a bumper crop of opinions on this genetically modified food

Ghana plans to release the modified seeds this year or next. Will they benefit the small farmers they were designed for?
Man scans his fingerprint to receive medication.

mhealth’s power & pitfalls: An SMS a day keeps teens alive

By making a devastating mistake, this clinic proved it was on the right track.
A man looks out over a newly cleared area of forest at Kahuzi-Biéga national park near Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Kate Holt, The Guardian)

Pandas or people? When the fight to save the planet pits conservation against indigenous...

A deadly conflict simmers between the autochthon people forced out of Kahuzi-Biéga national park, and the rangers protecting the land.
A doctor bends down to check young cancer patient's heartbeat.

From the mouths of babes: This is what it’s like to be diagnosed with...

Death comes for us all and when it does, we hope it’s a good one. We hope it has meaning, we...
The MyPaddi sexual and reproductive health app homepage

Doctor smartphone and other tales from the bedroom

From how to spice up your sex life to the more mundane, “does this look weird to you”, there are some questions you just don’t want to ask your friends and family. Relax. Now, there’s an app for that.
(Madelene Cronje)

How one project is finally helping reduce the risk of suicide among teens

When kids at risk of suicide can talk to trained friends & family, they're seven times less likely to die, says one...
Women queue outside of a Malawian health facility for healthcare for their children. Moving rape crisis centres out of central hospitals in Malawi and into clinics closer to communities might increase the number of people who use them

What’s the one thing rape crisis centres in SA & Malawi are missing?

Why the woes facing South Africa’s Thuthuzela Care Centres may not be as unique as we thought.
A rare group of patients across the globe is ageing at an astonishing rate. The secret to why is in their genes — and understanding it could shape the way we age.

Ageing and the secrets of our genes

A rare condition has caused this man’s body to age at super speed. Why?
A poster celebrating Ethiopia’s prime minister

‘The choice is this: if we go we will be killed; if we stay...

In the rarely visited town of Gedeb, fears are rife over state plans to return 150 000 people to areas they fled because of ethnic violence.
South Africa’s rolled out the world’s first pill-popping ATMs. Now what?

How to get South Africans to buy into the next big thing in medicine

These ATMs can decrease the number of patients in clinics but health workers are not helping to achieve that goal.
A woman brings in a bucket of fish in Gunjur village

China’s overfishing of Africa: The lure and the lies

Scientists and campaigners warn that factories in coastal villages are wreaking environmental and economic havoc.
A field of maize devastated by Cyclone Idai

Cyclone Idai: ‘I don’t know how my children will survive’

Why the storm may have conspired with a savage drought to deliver a deadly second blow to Zimbabwe where 70% of people are in dire need of food.
Why this country is thinking outside the box whene it comes to cervical cancer screening and the HPV vaccine.

Shots, myths & cash: The perilous road to curbing cancer

Before 2011, this country couldn’t screen for cervical cancer let alone prevent it. Since then everything’s changed.
Families await medical treatment outside the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Ayushman Bharat

‘This is the first time government has done something concrete for the poor’

This country tested out a national health insurance. Find out what happened next.