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Short Form Journalism by the Bhekisisa Team

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.

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....
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.
Menstrual cups

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

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When 'that time of the month' comes, you don't have to reach for disposable tampons or pads.
Young people in Uganda can go to youth-friendly clinics for sexual health problems.

Youth-friendly sexual health clinics put Ugandans at ease

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Clinics dedicated to young people are ideal but the poor nation struggles to provide at least a basic service for those who can't access them.
Parents with mental illness

Growing up with a mother who has schizophrenia is tough on a child

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When a parent is diagnosed with a mental illness, the chances of emotional support are decreased and the risk of family discord is high.
Aisha Danyaya recovers from surgery in the Children’s Hospital in Sokoto, Nigeria. The disease can be fatal. (Adavize Baiye, MSF)

Inside the flesh-eating disease you’ve probably never heard about but should

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Less than 15% of patients seek out care for this vicious form of gangrene. A colourful drawing flutters from Kasimu Yahashe’s lap on to the...
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.
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

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Jacket would detect symptoms up to four times faster than a doctor.
In East and Southern Africa

Meeting men halfway: Clinics are going mobile to reach the toughest patients

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For decades, we’ve struggled to solve the riddle: How do you get reluctant men to test for HIV. Could we finally have an answer?
A Doctors Without Borders

#AIDS2016: How a rural community helps each other stay on HIV treatment

An adherence club helped almost all patients stay on their treatment.
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.
Widely cited statistics say South Africa trails the United States and Mexico in levels of obesity

Fact Check: No, SA does not weigh in as the world’s 3rd most obese...

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Africa Check digs into the data to reveal the surprising truth behind the widely cited statistic
Irrigation farming in a Malawian village has helped ward off malnutrition and starvation

Water-fed gardens in Malawi ward off starvation – for now

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The government's focus on small-scale irrigation has given hope and sustenance to some districts.
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.
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.