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Lifting a load: Aerobics is helping sometimes suspicious elderly people in Diepsloot to deal with mental illness in their families and community.

Gogos step up for peace of mind

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Depression among the elderly is largely overlooked, but exercise can help to counter it.
Honeybee harvesting pollen. WWF is piloting beekeeping and ecotourism initiatives in the Madagascan village of Kivalo.

What happens when you can’t fight climate change? You use what you’ve got to...

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In Kivalo, where cyclones, overfishing and rising seas threaten livelihoods, beekeeping offers an unlikely alternative to fishing.

Why #COVID19 anti-corruption campaigns could make people more likely to pay bribes

Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa was clear: COVID-19 funds have been stolen and misused, food parcels have been diverted from households in need and...

‘An African man like me depressed?’ Why representation matters in the movies

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The continent’s largest film industry has been getting mental health all wrong with dangerous consequences. Now, that’s changing.

Need an abortion? Find clinics you can trust here

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This database shows you where you can find safe family planning services near you. It’s verified two to four times a year by a dedicated team of data capturers and ‘secret shopper’ callers.

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.
The V female condom has a thin pouch

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

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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.
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.

[PHOTOS]: ‘We need staff, psychological help’: Go inside a Gauteng COVID ICU fighting the...

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Driven by a more infectious new COVID variant, the second wave of South Africa’s coronavirus pandemic has seen considerably more infections than the first wave. This meant health workers have had to deal with more hospitalisations and deaths — and pressure. Bhekisisa visited George Mukhari Academic Hospital north of Tshwane to document the second wave realities experienced by doctors and nurses.
(Madelene Cronje)

How one project is finally helping reduce the risk of suicide among teens

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When kids at risk of suicide can talk to trained friends & family, they're seven times less likely to die, says one of the...
A former child soldier at the rehabilitation centre in Gulu

‘Now people call me a killer’: Abducted at nine to be a girl soldier

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Take a look at life after war for the women abducted by Ugandan rebel Joseph Kony.
Keneth Ndua demonstrates his stove invention

Ndua’s stove keeps a lid on cholera in Kenya

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Women said they couldn't afford to boil water and cook, so a local inventor rolled up his sleeves.
This family's son

Bosasa to dead toddler’s family: If you want answers, you’ll have to PAIA us

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About 15 years after their son died while illegally detained at a deportation centre outside Johannesburg, this family still hasn't found his grave.

Hell is 16 000 unanswered telephones. The low tech problem blocking abortions

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Abortion services only got a national “how to” document for doctors 23 years after termination of pregnancy was legalised in South Africa. And while the new rules go a long way to remove barriers to ending a pregnancy, non-profits say crucial information such as a simple list of telephone numbers is still lacking.
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.

South Sudan is bleeding itself dry

Blood donations are scant in South Sudan as the process is frowned upon and treated with suspicion by locals.