Short Form

Short Form Journalism by the Bhekisisa Team

Cotlands offers a fantasy classroom to children where they can express themselves and develop their imagination.

#AIDS2016: Children’s hospice becomes place of hope in the era of HIV treatment

ARVs have transformed Cotlands hospice from a place for the dying into a childcare centre where the living thrive.
Economic hardship means many health facilities are denying women access to free maternal healthcare.

Long queues tell Zimbabwe’s story of economic crisis and failing healthcare

Many people can no longer afford hospital treatment and medication, and the number of those with medical aid has fallen by a third.
Being overweight is considered to be a form of malnutrition.

Six weighty figures to watch: The SA and global obesity epidemic in numbers

Numbers don't lie: A new report shows how people across the world keep piling on the kilos.
Sex workers can take a pill that significantly reduces the risk of HIV infection.

HIV-prevention pill: The deeply personal journey of a male sex worker in Kenya

A pill dispenser with an electronic cap monitors daily adherence to a regimen that may curb HIV among sex workers – and in broader society.
Healing business: Mental health patients help out in the photocopy and printing shop in Machakos

​The mentally ill are not alone in Kenya

There are too few psychiatrists, so a foundation is using a Canadian model to rehabilitate people.
Irrigation farming in a Malawian village has helped ward off malnutrition and starvation

Water-fed gardens in Malawi ward off starvation – for now

The government's focus on small-scale irrigation has given hope and sustenance to some districts.
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.
Displaced people carry water containers on their heads at Tomping camp

South Sudan: From war to water crisis

The start of the rainy season in the war-torn country could spell a cholera outbreak.
Codeine products are available over the counter in South Africa. But codeine is addictive and the products can be abused.

Is codeine Africa’s drug of choice?

Common cough, flu and pain medicines can be addictive. Codeine addiction is an increasingly well-known problem in South Africa.
South Africa legalised abortion decades ago but a lack of information on where to get one and health workers willing to terminate pregnancies still stand between people and safe abortions.

Cruel dilemma: To terminate or not to terminate

The joy of motherhood is killed by a moral and ethical dilemma when doctors advise termination of a pregnancy.
A girl in Kibera holds up the Peepoo

Kibera’s ‘flying toilets’ flushed out by peepoo bags

Peepoo bags and drop-off points give those living in Nairobi's Kibera a hygienic and safe solution to dealing with 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.
Ben Brown takes Truvada

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

A revolutionary antiretroviral prophylaxis is helping all people, no matter their sexual orientation. A cheaper generic will soon be on the shelves.
Pregnant woman

Solar power, text messages fight maternal deaths in rural Cameroon

Solar power, solar electricity and mobile technology are helping to reduce the rate of maternal mortality in Cameroon.
Young people in Uganda can go to youth-friendly clinics for sexual health problems.

Youth-friendly sexual health clinics put Ugandans at ease

Clinics dedicated to young people are ideal but the poor nation struggles to provide at least a basic service for those who can't access them.
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.