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Short Form Journalism by the Bhekisisa Team

Doctors pass the scalpel to nurses in the quest for safer births

A doctor shortage in war-torn Mozambique paved the way for a new breed of surgeons that have slashed deaths among new...
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.
US professional societies urge women should be warned that water births remain largely untested within the scientific community.

Could a water birth be right for you? Weigh up the pros and cons

More South African parents are choosing to bring their baby into the world with a splash, but is it better than conventional births?
Your blood sugar could have more to do with your moods than you think.

Why life with this common condition can be an emotional rollercoaster

Having a chronic illness can raise your risk of depression. For diabetics, the blood sugar high and lows of everyday life take an extra toll.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder is a condition so severe it was classified in 2013 as a mood disorder in psychology's diagnostic bible.

When it’s not just PMS: Could your period be affecting your mental health?

Science could be closer to unravelling the riddle of menstruation-related mood disorders
Brian Turyabagye and his team have developed a biomedical kit for early diagnosis and continuous monitoring of pneumonia patients.

Medical smart jacket tackles misdiagnosis of pneumonia

Jacket would detect symptoms up to four times faster than a doctor.
Choose whole-grain breads to help keep your child fuller for longer.

How to pack the best lunch for your kids in five easy steps

Not up to the daily dilemma of what to pack your little ones for lunch? Beef up your children’s lunch boxes with these quick tips.
Prostate cancer can be particularly aggressive in black men

Five ways to reduce your risk of prostate cancer

Prostate cancer accounts for nearly a quarter of all cancers in black men. Find out how to protect yourself and the ones you love.
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 health extension worker visits Brahini Mokonen at her home

‘If it wasn’t for them I would have died:’ How community health workers save...

Ethiopia's rural health extension workers have helped halve the country's child death rate.
Gaba Dlamini is one of over 300 doctors in Gauteng who received special training to treat men who have sex with men.

A group of doctors are breaking down barriers one dot at a time

Looking for a doctor who is non-judgmental about your sexuality? Look no further the yellow dot doctors, they have seen it all
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.
More than half of men in Diepsloot report having sexually or physically abused a woman in their lifetimes

Child rape in Diepsloot: The shocking story that sparked outrage

Read an excerpt from the award-winning story that kick-started a campaign to link survivors of rape and gender-based violence to care.
Widely cited statistics say South Africa trails the United States and Mexico in levels of obesity

Fact Check: No, SA does not weigh in as the world’s 3rd most obese...

Africa Check digs into the data to reveal the surprising truth behind the widely cited statistic
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.
More than 10% of TB cases in Kenya occur among children

Finally, TB pills for children

Tastier kid-friendly tablets will help take the guess work out of treating Kenya's tiniest TB patients.