Short Form

Short Form Journalism by the Bhekisisa Team

A research team installs novel solar-powered mosquito traps on rural Rusinga Island in Western Kenya.

Beer and stinky feet could be a fatal combination – for mosquitos

Could a new manmade concoction of mundane odours stop malaria?
A rare group of patients across the globe is ageing at an astonishing rate. The secret to why is in their genes — and understanding it could shape the way we age.

Ageing and the secrets of our genes

A rare condition has caused this man’s body to age at super speed. Why?
Maasai girls participate in a newly conceived rite of passage to mark their ascent into womanhood

When police crashed her wedding, she was 8. Her soon-to-be husband was 67.

Across the continent, women are helping to reimagine a sacred rite of passage in an effort to honour their cultures and spare their bodies.

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

Sperm washing, assisted insemination & long hospital waits — if you were lucky. This is what falling pregnant when you were...
Clinics in Mozambique are testing the effect of rapid early diagnosis of HIV and treatment on babies.

​Technology speeds up diagnosis and HIV testing for babies in Mozambique

Technology has cut diagnosis waiting times, getting infants on to treatment sooner.
Located along one of Southern Africa's main transport corridors

‘I am the same as them’ – peer educators take sex workers’ health in...

Healthcare facilities are working to ensure migrant workers are never far from care.
Water hyacinth isn’t just good at being abundant – its foliage also contains a high ratio of carbon to nitrogen. The combination makes it ideal as a renewable gas source via bio digesters like this one.

Why the fight against this weed could pay off handsomely for an energy-strapped SA

This invasive plant clogs our dam and rivers but in Kenya, it’s become the next big thing in renewable energy.
Health worker Jackline Atieno has vaccinated more babies under the age of one year since the Masogo Health Centre started sending SMS reminders to parents and caregivers.

Paying for change? Trial offers cash to parents willing to vaccinate babies

Researchers have shown that monetary incentives lead to infants being immunised on time.
A Stats SA report stated that only 24.4% of deaths in 2015 were of married people

Do single people wind up dead sooner in South Africa?

A recent article suggested that single South Africans can live longer by getting married, based on Statistics SA mortality data.
Do big solutions come in small packages? Questions remain as to how practical baby boxes would be for South African parents and babies.

The pros and cons of C-sections and vaginal births

Planning for a baby? Before deciding on a birth plan, find out what you need to know to make an informed decision.
Nontokozo Buthelezi

This is what a feminist looks like

Rape culture doesn't start when a rape is committed. It is built in slow steps in everyday events that help normalise gender-based violence.
A local youth group has been trained on how to safely remove the human waste that will become biofuel for cooking and heating.

Waste not, want not: Kenya turns sewage into cleaner, longer-burning fuel

Is Kenya, currently plagued by a cholera outbreak, about to show the world the energy wealth hidden in human waste?
Children's lives are saved in Libya by doctors who can do heart surgery in countries without decent health systems.

Libya’s war kills little children in need of heart surgery

The country's health system is ravaged, but a team of volunteer doctors visit regularly: operating on the desperate and training local medical staff.
Maternal mortality in Uganda continues to be a development challenge.

Save a little money, save a little life

A grassroots Ugandan health initiative has significantly reduced maternal deaths.
South Africa’s rolled out the world’s first pill-popping ATMs. Now what?

How to get South Africans to buy into the next big thing in medicine

These ATMs can decrease the number of patients in clinics but health workers are not helping to achieve that goal.
A former child soldier at the rehabilitation centre in Gulu

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

Take a look at life after war for the women abducted by Ugandan rebel Joseph Kony.