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Protesting journalists

India arrests dozens of journalists in clampdown on critics of COVID-19 response

Reporters for independent outlets, many in rural areas, say pressure won’t deter them from covering embarrassing stories.

How to save a life: Easing grief from inside COVID ICUs

An app, a few volunteers and buy-in from doctors can make the frontlines a kinder place for patients, staff and families.

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 government officials and service providers have colluded to steal money. But will anti-corruption messages fix this?

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

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.

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?
Emma Theofelus

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

At 23 years old, Emma Theofelus is one of Africa's youngest Cabinent members. And taking office during the coronavirus epidemic has been a trial by fire.

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

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 and community health workers, a cadre essential to the fight against the pandemic.

#QuarantineChronicles: Departure & distrust

South Africans in Wuhan are set to come back home on Friday, but our secret journaller has a few final thoughts to share in this final instalment of our series of first-hand accounts from citizens quarantined in China.

#QuarantineChronicles: The pen

This South African has been quarantined for weeks. He doesn’t mind spending time alone, but these days he finds himself more and more puzzled by people, their habits, and strangely their attitude towards pens.

#QuarantineChronicles: The girl who cracked

Being isolated for days on end was too much for this student, locked up alone in her dormitory room in Wuhan, China. Her friends haven’t seen her since the day she lost it, and that was weeks ago.

Something in the water: Did gas exploration poison this community?

Doctors in this country are saying an outbreak of mysterious deaths all have one thing in common: How close they are to this international oil company.

Mining’s tragic legacy: Open pits have become tombs

The ruthless quest for gold in eastern Cameroon has left the landscape peppered with deadly open pits.

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

Rising temperatures linked to outbreaks of dengue fever high in the Kathmandu Valley, experts say.

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

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.

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

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

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

When traditional ambulance services wouldn't respond to calls in Kibera, Kenya one woman started her own EMS company to fill the gap. This is how.