Short Form

Short Form Journalism by the Bhekisisa Team

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?
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.