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“I thought it’s just what fathers do.” How sex ed can tackle child abuse

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Thousands of children are abused by someone close to them but are unable to report it, because they’re either too scared or don’t realise they’re being abused. Here’s how training teachers to provide proper sex education can help them.

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.
Raeez Safar practices yoga at Pollsmoor Prison. The prison is one of about nine nationwide part of a SevaUnite programme that teaches inmates yoga through in-person classes and correspondence.

Mental shift: Yoga makes its way behind the walls of South African prisons

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It's World Yoga Day. Mindfulness has seen a resurgence in popularity and is slowly making its way behind the walls of prisons in South Africa.
In the company of women: Judia

The village where men are banned

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Inside the Kenyan village that began as a refuge for survivors of sexual violence.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder is a condition so severe it was classified in 2013 as a mood disorder in psychology's diagnostic bible.

When it’s not just PMS: Could your period be affecting your mental health?

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Science could be closer to unravelling the riddle of menstruation-related mood disorders

When ambulances wouldn’t respond to calls in this community, one woman started her own...

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Where ambulances fear to tread: Life in Africa's largest informal settlement is rife with problems. Getting emergency care shouldn't be one of them, says...

She had a miscarriage. Now she’s facing life in prison

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Scores of women in Argentina could be facing life in prison for what health experts say are obstetric emergencies such as miscarriages.
When these women fell pregnant

Forced abortions: A new frontier in the war on women’s bodies?

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Partners and families allegedly drugged women and in some cases even physically restrained them as doctors performed the procedure.
Codeine products are available over the counter in South Africa. But codeine is addictive and the products can be abused.

Is codeine Africa’s drug of choice?

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Common cough, flu and pain medicines can be addictive. Codeine addiction is an increasingly well-known problem in South Africa.
Slavery ended in Mauritania in 1981 but tens of thousands still live in bondage.

This is what life is like in the world’s last country to ban slavery

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Photojournalist, Seif Kousmate, photographed and interviewed current and former slaves in Mauritania and got imprisoned by police in the process.

‘I will rape them personally, those drunkard women in the short dresses’

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In this township, alcohol makes violent men close to three times more likely to rape a woman. Brown Lekekela heads over to the flipchart...
Young refugees at Kenya’s sprawling Dadaab refugee complex are seen during a visit from Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai.

How this 19-year-old fell prey to human traffickers

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Unsafe in Somalia and unwanted in Kenya, refugees increasingly risk abduction in search of a better life.
Remote: Zodwa Zulu*

It’s only 32km to the state clinic, but for the poor that’s a world...

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Some residents in rural towns in Mpumalanga have to chose between buying food or going to the doctor.

What it’s like to be hospitalised and diabetic: ‘Vaccination saved my life’

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Karyn Maughan lives with diabetes and was partially vaccinated when she contracted the virus that causes COVID-19. But because of vaccination she survived the illness — unlike two of her unvaccinated colleagues, who also had diabetes, and died.

Listeria: Follow SA’s medical sleuths as they chase a killer in a race against...

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Bond, James Bond: The source of the listeria outbreak will likely be found by a gene-sequencing machine named after the famous agent 007. (Delwyn Verasamy)
Located along one of Southern Africa's main transport corridors

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

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Healthcare facilities are working to ensure migrant workers are never far from care.