Short Form

Short Form Journalism by the Bhekisisa Team

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...

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...

Skeletons and closets: How one university reburied the dead

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In the 1920s, a Northern Cape farmer dug up some of the remains of previous workers — some of whom had been slaves —...
A family working in Malawi’s tobacco fields.

Big Tobacco faces landmark legal case over poverty wages

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Lawyers argue that while farming families toil over backbreaking work in desperate poverty, British American Tobacco is reaping the rewards. Even Dickens did not describe...

‘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...
From the Ganges to Ghana, drones are taking to the sky to deliver the medication we need to stay alive. (Zipline)

Drones, drugs, hackers & the future of healthcare?

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From the Ganges River to Ghana, drones are delivering vaccines, HIV tests and blood transfusions around the world and cutting waiting times for life-saving...

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...
Editar Ochieng leaves a chemist in Kibera having purchased termination pills. (Kate Holt, The Guardian)

“People have normalised rape… but no one talks about abortion. When I do, the...

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With terminations outlawed in Kenya, women and girls in its largest slum have to rely on expensive and unreliable under-the-counter pills, toxic chemicals or...

Bringing home baby when your bae is HIV positive & you’re not

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Sperm washing, assisted insemination & long hospital waits — if you were lucky. This is what falling pregnant when you were HIV-positive used to...

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...
Man scans his fingerprint to receive medication.

mhealth’s power & pitfalls: An SMS a day keeps teens alive

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By making a devastating mistake, this clinic proved it was on the right track. It was July 2018, Amsterdam. Brooke Wurst felt her cellphone buzz...
A man looks out over a newly cleared area of forest at Kahuzi-Biéga national park near Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Kate Holt, The Guardian)

Pandas or people? When the fight to save the planet pits conservation against indigenous...

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A deadly conflict simmers between the autochthon people forced out of Kahuzi-Biéga national park, and the rangers protecting the land. On a scarred hillside on...
A doctor bends down to check young cancer patient's heartbeat.

From the mouths of babes: This is what it’s like to be diagnosed with...

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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...
The MyPaddi sexual and reproductive health app homepage

Doctor smartphone and other tales from the bedroom

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From how to spice up your sex life to the more mundane, “does this look weird to you”, there are some questions you just don’t want to ask your friends and family. Relax. Now, there’s an app for that.
(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...
Women queue outside of a Malawian health facility for healthcare for their children. Moving rape crisis centres out of central hospitals in Malawi and into clinics closer to communities might increase the number of people who use them

What’s the one thing rape crisis centres in SA & Malawi are missing?

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Why the woes facing South Africa’s Thuthuzela Care Centres may not be as unique as we thought.