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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.
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.
Angela Baloyi no longer sleeps in the room she shared with her five-year-old brother after a man snuck in one night and raped her. She was eight months’ pregnant.

‘I didn’t think it was necessary to use condoms because I was only 15.’

This province reported skyrocketing rates of teen pregnancy but behind the figures lies a story about sex, knowledge and data.
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.
Young people seeking sexual healthcare often shy away from clinics because of nurses' attitudes towards them. Virtual reality could help to change that.

Virtual reality and SA’s quest for happier nurses

South Africa's public health nurses are infamous for having bad attitudes. Could a pair of goggles help them change their ways?
Would you betray your partner in crime if it meant you could avoid jail? Here's how this mentality can push up the price of medicines.

SA just endorsed a draft resolution that could bring Big Pharma to its knees

Presented this week at the World Health Assembly, the document could usher in a new era in affordable healthcare. Here's why we need it.

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?
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.
This family's son

Bosasa to dead toddler’s family: If you want answers, you’ll have to PAIA us

About 15 years after their son died while illegally detained at a deportation centre outside Johannesburg, this family still hasn't found his grave.
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.
In good hands: Mozambique's nurses take up the scalpel for safer births

This map tells you which districts have the country’s highest c-section rates

Some districts report Caesarean rates of 40%, which is much higher than the 26% national average for public hospitals.
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,...
A medical scientist at the NICD prepares listeria samples for DNA sampling.

2018: The best, the worst and the weird

You made it through the year. Kick back, relax and take a read through the 2018 that was.
Selling sex

Selling sex

From Amsterdam’s glittering canals to Durban’s dark streets, take a look at how the world legislates sex — and why it matters.
Through its branches

How many of these iconic protest posters can you recognise?

Here's the story of the Treatment Action Campaign or how a handful of people created a global movement that changed the world.
Children's lives are saved in Libya by doctors who can do heart surgery in countries without decent health systems.

Libya’s war kills little children in need of heart surgery

The country's health system is ravaged, but a team of volunteer doctors visit regularly: operating on the desperate and training local medical staff.