Short Form

Short Form Journalism by the Bhekisisa Team

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.
In Nigeria

Life under Nigeria’s gay ban

It’s been five years since the country prohibited same-sex marriage and LGBTI gatherings, and the climate of fear left in its wake could be deadly.
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.
The Gambian court case is the first to hold an African head of state accountable for violating the rights of people living with HIV.

‘No sex, no coffee, no ARVs’: Former president’s quackery could land him in court

Former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh will be the first African head of state to be tried for violating the rights of HIV-positive people.
A former child soldier at the rehabilitation centre in Gulu

‘Now people call me a killer’: Abducted at nine to be a girl soldier

Take a look at life after war for the women abducted by Ugandan rebel Joseph Kony.

When there was no list of free abortion clinics, we made our own. Here’s...

How we found the country's 'missing' abortion providers – and mapped contraception services too.
Less than half of designated public abortion clinics actually provide the service. Here's how we know that.

#SizaMap: Find a safe, legal abortion near you with this list of designated providers

Until now, the national and provincial health departments have not been able to say where services are provided. Here's how we found them.

Skeletons and closets: How one university reburied the dead

In the 1920s, a Northern Cape farmer dug up some of the remains of previous workers — some of whom had...
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)

Why there’s a bumper crop of opinions on this genetically modified food

Ghana plans to release the modified seeds this year or next. Will they benefit the small farmers they were designed for?
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.

Mining’s tragic legacy: Open pits have become tombs

Government, international watchdogs, corporations all swear they're not the ones to blame for the gaping holes in the ground that swallow...
A man takes a dose of methadone at Ar Rahman mosque in Kuala Lumpur

Myths and methadone: Will Egypt’s laws bend to the rising tide of drug abuse?

The real revolution is yet to come when it relates to the country’s opioid epidemic.
Zimbabwe's tough abortion laws aren't curbing terminations

Inside the illegal abortion market: ‘I nearly touched hell’

Zimbabwe’s tight abortion laws aren’t curbing demand, they’re driving them underground — and it’s about to get worse.
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 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.