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Water hyacinth isn’t just good at being abundant – its foliage also contains a high ratio of carbon to nitrogen. The combination makes it ideal as a renewable gas source via bio digesters like this one.

Why the fight against this weed could pay off handsomely for an energy-strapped SA

This invasive plant clogs our dam and rivers but in Kenya, it’s become the next big thing in renewable energy.
Brian Turyabagye and his team have developed a biomedical kit for early diagnosis and continuous monitoring of pneumonia patients.

Medical smart jacket tackles misdiagnosis of pneumonia

Jacket would detect symptoms up to four times faster than a doctor.
Much of the sugars consumed today are “hidden” in processed foods that are not usually seen as sweets.

How much sugar do you drink?

Half a litre of Coke contains 10 teaspoons of sugar – almost the entire recommended daily sugar allowance. But fruit juice is as bad.
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.
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.
Grandmothers working with the Friendship Bench project chat before counselling sessions begin.

Curbside counselling? These ‘friendship benches’ bring mental health closer to home

One in four Zimbabweans suffers from mental illness, but untrained female health workers are setting a new benchmark for the treatment of patients.

Abused from the womb

Pregnant women who drink alcohol put their unborn children at greater risk than they think, writes Mia Malan.
The paramedics don’t care about us. If we mention that the person has overdosed they won’t come, they won’t help us, especially if you are black.

Slice of Life: ‘She made a joke out of my friend’s death’

When Mark died, emergency services left his body on the pavement in central Pretoria for hours.
Amelie Chauke was able to keep up with her healthcare on the go and ensure her baby was born HIV negative with the help of farm-based clinics.

Plant, pick, pack: Finding Mpumalanga’s missing fruit pickers

In this province, the agricultural and mining sectors draw thousands of workers each year – and then they disappear. Here’s why we need to find them.
The community of Mbyo

‘My neighbour murdered nearly all of my family, but now we are friends’

Thanks to a pioneering project survivors and perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide now live side by side in 'reconciliation villages'.
A research team installs novel solar-powered mosquito traps on rural Rusinga Island in Western Kenya.

Beer and stinky feet could be a fatal combination – for mosquitos

Could a new manmade concoction of mundane odours stop malaria?
A man takes a dose of methadone at Ar Rahman mosque in Kuala Lumpur

Myths and methadone: Will Egypt’s laws bend to the rising tide of drug abuse?

The real revolution is yet to come when it relates to the country’s opioid epidemic.
Pregnant and HIV negative? The HIV prevention pill might be for you — after talking to your doctor.

Busted: The myths that could be standing between you and the HIV prevention pill

A single daily tablet could slash your risk of HIV infection, could it be for you?
Located along one of Southern Africa's main transport corridors

‘I am the same as them’ – peer educators take sex workers’ health in...

Healthcare facilities are working to ensure migrant workers are never far from care.
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.
In the company of women: Judia

The village where men are banned

Inside the Kenyan village that began as a refuge for survivors of sexual violence.