Short Form

Short Form Journalism by the Bhekisisa Team

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?
The XX factor: Could the genetic make-up of people with uteruses give them the fighting edge when it comes to surviving the world's elimination rounds?

Five things you should know about your vagina

Science is learning more about your vagina. So should you.
The Harare Central Hospital follows a ‘demedicalised’

Zimbabwe health workers fight the odds to provide free care to disabled children

A Harare rehabilitation unit offers impaired youngsters free therapy and supports parents too.
Desperation: Poverty drives Malawi sex workers

On the road: Lifeline for sex workers and truck drivers emerges along trade route

A chain of clinics is helping to save lives on Malawi's border with Mozambique.
Less than 3 % of South African infants are exclusively breastfed for the recommended six months

Four reasons why breast is best: Babies are smarter, healthier and better behaved

Infants are less likely to be obese and mothers' have a lower risk of cancer
Located along one of Southern Africa's main transport corridors

‘I am the same as them’ – peer educators take sex workers’ health in...

Healthcare facilities are working to ensure migrant workers are never far from care.
A Doctors Without Borders

#AIDS2016: How a rural community helps each other stay on HIV treatment

An adherence club helped almost all patients stay on their treatment.
Clinics in Mozambique are testing the effect of rapid early diagnosis of HIV and treatment on babies.

​Technology speeds up diagnosis and HIV testing for babies in Mozambique

Technology has cut diagnosis waiting times, getting infants on to treatment sooner.
Topvein was marketed as a cure for AIDS

A roundup of fake AIDS ‘cures’: Angel Zapper, Garani MW1, Topvein, SF 2000

Fake AIDS "cures" have been the bane of activists fighting for treatment. We discovered a new one and checked in on some we've debunked before.
The HIV prevention pill allows users to take control of their sex lives.

#AIDS2016:“I’ve taken control of my sex life. I use an HIV prevention pill.”

An HIV prevention pill can reduce HIV-negative people's chances of contracting HIV by more than 90%.
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.