Short Form

Short Form Journalism by the Bhekisisa Team

Keneth Ndua demonstrates his stove invention

Ndua’s stove keeps a lid on cholera in Kenya

Women said they couldn't afford to boil water and cook, so a local inventor rolled up his sleeves.
Bond

Listeria: Follow SA’s medical sleuths as they chase a killer in a race against...

Bond, James Bond: The source of the listeria outbreak will likely be found by a gene-sequencing machine named after the famous agent 007. (Delwyn Verasamy)
Natalie Lewis believes if the health department investigated her mother's death this could have prevented 180 people from dying from listeriosis.

#Listeriosis: Meet the family that lost two loved ones

Long before red flags were raised, this family fell victim to listeriosis. And this week, tragedy has struck again.

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.
Silent killer: consuming too much salt can lead to high blood pressure.

Unearthing the salt hidden in your diet

Some of your favourite comfort food could be concealing a killer.
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?
In Central African Republic

‘I was kicked out of our house by his parents’, say widows

If a man dies in the Central African Republic, his wife is at risk of being evicted from their home by his relatives.
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 is 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
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
Young refugees at Kenya’s sprawling Dadaab refugee complex are seen during a visit from Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai.

How this 19-year-old fell prey to human traffickers

Unsafe in Somalia and unwanted in Kenya, refugees increasingly risk abduction in search of a better life.

‘My mom was too scared to check what was wrong. In the end, doctors...

Early screening for cervical cancer can be a lifesaver but are nonprofit organisations enough to fill the gap in KZN's crumbling system?
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
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.
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.

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...
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.