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Short Form Journalism by the Bhekisisa Team

Pandemic politics: Community health workers gear up to fight COVID-19 with little protection,...

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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...

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.

When ambulances wouldn’t respond to calls in this community, one woman started her own...

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Where ambulances fear to tread: Life in Africa's largest informal settlement is rife with problems. Getting emergency care shouldn't be one of them, says...
Emma Theofelus

At 23, she is one of Africa’s youngest ministers. The COVID-19 outbreak has been...

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Emma Theofelus was appointed Namibia’s information, communication and technology deputy minister a week after the novel coronavirus hit the country's shores: 'I have literally...

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.

Pollution, profits & the people in between: ‘I have farmed for over 20 years....

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Meandering rivers and lush forests offered rich pickings for generations of farming and fishing communities. Then came the oil companies. Almost every day, Udengs...

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...
Most South Africans have the TB germ - so why aren't they sick?

Finding South Africa’s missing TB patients

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For many tuberculosis (TB) patients, the road to a cure begins with a simple test. Today, South Africa is rolling out the world’s best technology...

‘No bed for people like me’: When the old are left to die

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Despite clear evidence they are most at risk, older people are seen as dispensable as younger patients are prioritised in the fight against COVID-19...

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....

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...

New temperatures are taking tropical diseases to new heights, like these once snow-capped villages

Manmaya Magar, 26, may be the first person to contract dengue fever in her village. Pete Pattisson, Guardian)

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:...

Mining’s tragic legacy: Open pits have become tombs

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Government, international watchdogs, corporations all swear they're not the ones to blame for the gaping holes in the ground that swallow up men, women...