Short Form

Short Form Journalism by the Bhekisisa Team

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.

South Sudan is bleeding itself dry

Blood donations are scant in South Sudan as the process is frowned upon and treated with suspicion by locals.
Spoilt for choice: The department of health plans to distribute a billion new Max condoms throughout South Africa.

Silky strawberry is the best condom fit for South Africans

After three years of deliberation and research, the South African health department launches flavoured condoms.
More than 30 000 people in Zimbabwe have been tested for HIV as part of large-scale population-based HIV assessments expected to take place in up to 20 countries.

Home visits give instant HIV results and data set to guide more than a...

The population assessments of the epidemic in sub-Sahara yields information of benefit to patients and to each nation’s plan of action
Raeez Safar practices yoga at Pollsmoor Prison. The prison is one of about nine nationwide part of a SevaUnite programme that teaches inmates yoga through in-person classes and correspondence.

Mental shift: Yoga makes its way behind the walls of South African prisons

It's World Yoga Day. Mindfulness has seen a resurgence in popularity and is slowly making its way behind the walls of prisons in South Africa.
Parents with mental illness

Growing up with a mother who has schizophrenia is tough on a child

When a parent is diagnosed with a mental illness, the chances of emotional support are decreased and the risk of family discord is high.
The V female condom has a thin pouch

The female condom showdown: Lovers Plus Inner Condom, the Cupid and the V

South Africa is pumping more money into female condom distribution. We look at what's on the market and what's to come for the femidom.
The V

The female condom: Soft, stimulating and sexy sheaths open up a new world for...

The government is making female condoms more accessible – and these come with extra benefits.
Sister Anna's work relies on donations from well-wishers and her Franciscan community back home

Nursing the hungry: How one Catholic nun has taken Malawi’s prisoners under her wing

As humanitarian organisations sound the alarm over high malnutrition rates among Malawi's prisoners, one woman is trying to help keep inmates alive.
If you’re bearing the pain of a new ’do

Five good reasons to ditch chemical hair relaxers this December

Black women, beware: your pursuit of straight, silky locks may be detrimental to your health.
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?