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#QuarantineChronicles: The girl who cracked

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Being isolated for days on end was too much for this student, locked up alone in her dormitory room in Wuhan, China. Her friends...
Water shortages in South Sudan force residents to rely on water vendors.

Juba’s water vendors make a living, but it’s a cut-throat business

Water pumped from the Nile is the only option for 98% of the residents of South Sudan's capital.
Everyday life in Cairo: but the city has become a hub for the organ trade.

Organ trafficking: ‘They locked me in and took my kidney’

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Desperate to reach Europe, migrants from Africa are travelling to Egypt to sell body parts to pay for their passage.
Maternal mortality in Uganda continues to be a development challenge.

Save a little money, save a little life

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A grassroots Ugandan health initiative has significantly reduced maternal deaths.

Crickets, beetles and moths. Eating them could help save the planet. But would you...

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Farming insects requires less water than cattle rearing and they emit fewer greenhouse gases. Here’s why you should make them part of your diet....
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.
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.

‘I will rape them personally, those drunkard women in the short dresses’

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In this township, alcohol makes violent men close to three times more likely to rape a woman. Brown Lekekela heads over to the flipchart...
Young people seeking sexual healthcare often shy away from clinics because of nurses' attitudes towards them. Virtual reality could help to change that.

Virtual reality and SA’s quest for happier nurses

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South Africa's public health nurses are infamous for having bad attitudes. Could a pair of goggles help them change their ways?
Ben Brown takes Truvada

‘I’ve taken control of my life by taking the HIV prevention pill’

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A revolutionary antiretroviral prophylaxis is helping all people, no matter their sexual orientation. A cheaper generic will soon be on the shelves.
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.
Remote: Zodwa Zulu*

It’s only 32km to the state clinic, but for the poor that’s a world...

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Some residents in rural towns in Mpumalanga have to chose between buying food or going to the doctor.

‘They paid a taxi driver to kill me’

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When this queer woman's activism put her at the centre of a village-ordered hit, a sex worker saved her life. Go behind their story...

Why there’s a bumper crop of opinions on this genetically modified food

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Ghana plans to release the modified seeds this year or next. Will they benefit the small farmers they were designed for? This story was produced...

Waiting game: Why a home away from home for pregnant women could be a...

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When hospitals are few and far between, these shelters become homes away from home for expecting mothers. Find out how countries around the world...
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.