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Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile started a Facebook group to support women who have had abortions or are looking to access abortions while also acting as a support system to victims of illegal abortion providers.

Slice of Life: ‘I shared my abortion experience on Facebook and it went viral’

A horrifying experience at an illegal abortion provider led Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile to use social media to help women access safe abortion services
A local youth group has been trained on how to safely remove the human waste that will become biofuel for cooking and heating.

Waste not, want not: Kenya turns sewage into cleaner, longer-burning fuel

Is Kenya, currently plagued by a cholera outbreak, about to show the world the energy wealth hidden in human waste?

Skeletons and closets: How one university reburied the dead

In the 1920s, a Northern Cape farmer dug up some of the remains of previous workers — some of whom had...
Natalie Lewis believes if the health department investigated her mother's death this could have prevented 180 people from dying from listeriosis.

#Listeriosis: Meet the family that lost two loved ones

Long before red flags were raised, this family fell victim to listeriosis. And this week, tragedy has struck again.
Silent killer: consuming too much salt can lead to high blood pressure.

Unearthing the salt hidden in your diet

Some of your favourite comfort food could be concealing a killer.
Menstrual cups

A guide to ‘alternative menstruation’: Save money and the world during your period

When 'that time of the month' comes, you don't have to reach for disposable tampons or pads.
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?
Sister Anna's work relies on donations from well-wishers and her Franciscan community back home

Nursing the hungry: How one Catholic nun has taken Malawi’s prisoners under her wing

As humanitarian organisations sound the alarm over high malnutrition rates among Malawi's prisoners, one woman is trying to help keep inmates alive.
Your blood sugar could have more to do with your moods than you think.

Why life with this common condition can be an emotional rollercoaster

Having a chronic illness can raise your risk of depression. For diabetics, the blood sugar high and lows of everyday life take an extra toll.

Doctors pass the scalpel to nurses in the quest for safer births

A doctor shortage in war-torn Mozambique paved the way for a new breed of surgeons that have slashed deaths among new...

‘They paid a taxi driver to kill me’

When this queer woman's activism put her at the centre of a village-ordered hit, a sex worker saved her life. Go...
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,...
The V female condom has a thin pouch

The female condom showdown: Lovers Plus Inner Condom, the Cupid and the V

South Africa is pumping more money into female condom distribution. We look at what's on the market and what's to come for the femidom.
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.
Jeanny Mbalati and her daughter Dinah outside their home in Soweto. It took them more than a year to get a loved one into a psychiatric hospital following his removal from Life Esidimeni facilities.

72 hours to care: The precarious road to psychiatric help

For many people with severe mental illnesses, these special wards can be a lifeline and the first step to care — if they can get there.
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.