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.
#COP27: These KZN flood victims’ fates were sealed years ago
Nokwazi Mbambo watched her life wash away in April, and little has changed 6 months later. Read more on how the climate change induced floods that destroyed her home.
Pandemic politics: Community health workers gear up to fight COVID-19 with little protection,...
Around the world, SARS-CoV-2 has stopped everyday life dead in its tracks. The virus has also scratched open old wounds between the health department and community health workers, a cadre essential to the fight against the pandemic.
Shots, myths & cash: The perilous road to curbing cancer
Before 2011, this country couldn’t screen for cervical cancer let alone prevent it. Since then everything’s changed.
Man to man, sexual health needs are better met at male-only clinics
A centre employing only men has opened in Khayelitsha to address the needs of males uneasy about being seen at mixed-gender facilities.
Four reasons why breast is best: Babies are smarter, healthier and better behaved
Infants are less likely to be obese and mothers' have a lower risk of cancer
When there was no list of free abortion clinics, we made our own. Here’s...
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....
Private sector lags in HIV testing
Government facilities are trumping their larnier colleagues in providing HIV services.
How to tell your child you have HIV
More than three decades into the HIV epidemic, some conversations haven't become any easier. This is one of them.
How this 19-year-old fell prey to human traffickers
Unsafe in Somalia and unwanted in Kenya, refugees increasingly risk abduction in search of a better life.
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.
How a dying woman’s bed was taken by an ANC official
In the Free State, access to health services can depend on who you know, as the tragic case of one woman illustrates.
From the mouths of babes: This is what it’s like to be diagnosed with...
Death comes for us all and when it does, we hope it’s a good one. We hope it has meaning, we hope it’s painless and that those we leave behind are cared for. Turns out, it doesn’t matter if you’re 80 or eight.
What it’s like to be hospitalised and diabetic: ‘Vaccination saved my life’
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.
Virtual reality and SA’s quest for happier nurses
South Africa's public health nurses are infamous for having bad attitudes. Could a pair of goggles help them change their ways?
#SliceofLife: ‘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.