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Short Form Journalism by the Bhekisisa Team

Pregnant and HIV negative? The HIV prevention pill might be for you — after talking to your doctor.

Busted: The myths that could be standing between you and the HIV prevention pill

A single daily tablet could slash your risk of HIV infection, could it be for you?
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.
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
The community of Mbyo

‘My neighbour murdered nearly all of my family, but now we are friends’

Thanks to a pioneering project survivors and perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide now live side by side in 'reconciliation villages'.
Lifting a load: Aerobics is helping sometimes suspicious elderly people in Diepsloot to deal with mental illness in their families and community.

Gogos step up for peace of mind

Depression among the elderly is largely overlooked, but exercise can help to counter it.
Pregnant woman

Solar power, text messages fight maternal deaths in rural Cameroon

Solar power, solar electricity and mobile technology are helping to reduce the rate of maternal mortality in Cameroon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Aisha Danyaya recovers from surgery in the Children’s Hospital in Sokoto, Nigeria. The disease can be fatal. (Adavize Baiye, MSF)

Inside the flesh-eating disease you’ve probably never heard about but should

Less than 15% of patients seek out care for this vicious form of gangrene.
Maternal mortality in Uganda continues to be a development challenge.

Save a little money, save a little life

A grassroots Ugandan health initiative has significantly reduced maternal deaths.
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.
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.
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%.