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Abortions have been legal in South Africa for over 20 years

‘They made me feel like a murderer’: Stigma endangers women seeking legal abortions

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Bontle Mabe turned to a loan shark to fund her abortion after she was turned away for five days in a row at her local clinic.

When there was no list of free abortion clinics, we made our own. Here’s...

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How we found the country's 'missing' abortion providers – and mapped contraception services too. Bhekisisa has created #SizaMap, South Africa's first searchable map of free abortion providers....

When there was no list of free abortion clinics, we made our own. Here’s...

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How we found the country's 'missing' abortion providers – and mapped contraception services too.
The Maji Mazuri institute in north-east Nairobi.

Investigation reveals shocking conditions at NGOs caring for disabled people

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Report unearths neglect in Kenyan institutions, yet discrimination means children may be at risk of being killed if they remain in communities
Zanele sits alongside her 13-year-old son

How to tell your child you have HIV

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More than three decades into the HIV epidemic, some conversations haven't become any easier. This is one of them.
Spoilt for choice: The department of health plans to distribute a billion new Max condoms throughout South Africa.

Silky strawberry is the best condom fit for South Africans

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After three years of deliberation and research, the South African health department launches flavoured condoms.
A family working in Malawi’s tobacco fields.

Big Tobacco faces landmark legal case over poverty wages

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Lawyers argue that while farming families toil over backbreaking work in desperate poverty, British American Tobacco is reaping the rewards. Even Dickens did not describe...
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

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

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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.

The gravediggers of Kano: Why doctors and diggers alike face grim choices in this...

This country has more than 200-million people, so why has it only logged 22 000 coronavirus tests? Musa Abubakar used to dig two or three...
Kholekile Rouben Mdaka is one of 3500 claimants bringing a class ­action against Anglo American South Africa.

Silent killer lurks in miners’ lungs

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Silicosis might appear only 15 years after exposure to gold ore dust, long after they have gone home. Heidi Swart reports.
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

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This invasive plant clogs our dam and rivers but in Kenya, it’s become the next big thing in renewable energy.
In Central African Republic

‘I was kicked out of our house by his parents’, say widows

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If a man dies in the Central African Republic, his wife is at risk of being evicted from their home by his relatives.
A woman brings in a bucket of fish in Gunjur village

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

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Scientists and campaigners warn that factories in coastal villages are wreaking environmental and economic havoc.
A Stats SA report stated that only 24.4% of deaths in 2015 were of married people

Do single people wind up dead sooner in South Africa?

A recent article suggested that single South Africans can live longer by getting married, based on Statistics SA mortality data.

How to save a life: Easing grief from inside COVID ICUs

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An app, a few volunteers, and buy-in from doctors can make the frontlines a kinder place for patients, staff, and families. Editor's note:...