Short Form

Short Form Journalism by the Bhekisisa Team

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.
Why this country is thinking outside the box whene it comes to cervical cancer screening and the HPV vaccine.

Shots, myths & cash: The perilous road to curbing cancer

Before 2011, this country couldn’t screen for cervical cancer let alone prevent it. Since then everything’s changed.
In good hands: Mozambique's nurses take up the scalpel for safer births

This map tells you which districts have the country’s highest c-section rates

Some districts report Caesarean rates of 40%, which is much higher than the 26% national average for public hospitals.
Would you betray your partner in crime if it meant you could avoid jail? Here's how this mentality can push up the price of medicines.

SA just endorsed a draft resolution that could bring Big Pharma to its knees

Presented this week at the World Health Assembly, the document could usher in a new era in affordable healthcare. Here's why we need it.
The MyPaddi sexual and reproductive health app homepage

Doctor smartphone and other tales from the bedroom

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.
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.
The Maji Mazuri institute in north-east Nairobi.

Investigation reveals shocking conditions at NGOs caring for disabled people

Report unearths neglect in Kenyan institutions, yet discrimination means children may be at risk of being killed if they remain in communities
Goodness Mbatha says the Treatment Action Campaign protested about conditions at Mamelodi Hospital.

Labour contracts stall upgrades to Mamelodi Hospital

The Gauteng health department has admitted to problems at the facility, seen by the public protector.
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?

Why the woes facing South Africa’s Thuthuzela Care Centres may not be as unique as we thought.
Much of the sugars consumed today are “hidden” in processed foods that are not usually seen as sweets.

How much sugar do you drink?

Half a litre of Coke contains 10 teaspoons of sugar – almost the entire recommended daily sugar allowance. But fruit juice is as bad.

Waiting game: Why a home away from home for pregnant women could be a...

When hospitals are few and far between, these shelters become homes away from home for expecting mothers. Find out how countries...

‘They paid a taxi driver to kill me’

When this queer woman's activism put her at the centre of a village-ordered hit, a sex worker saved her life. Go...

‘I will rape them personally, those drunkard women in the short dresses’

In this township, alcohol makes violent men close to three times more likely to rape a woman.
Menstrual cups

A guide to ‘alternative menstruation’: Save money and the world during your period

When 'that time of the month' comes, you don't have to reach for disposable tampons or pads.
Remote: Zodwa Zulu*

It’s only 32km to the state clinic, but for the poor that’s a world...

Some residents in rural towns in Mpumalanga have to chose between buying food or going to the doctor.
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.