Put a label on it — or not. How to get South Africans to...

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Europe tried putting clearer labels on food to get people eating healthier. But the same approach won’t work in South Africa. Here’s how to get people away from processed food and find healthier, affordable alternatives.

Starving in the city: Why SA’s richest province is hungry

South Africa’s Constitution makes food a human right, but 11% of the country’s people are hungry. Here’s why.
A study on the incidence of child sexual abuse in South Africa reveals the extent of these crimes committed against local youth.

Four things parents can do to keep their kids’ kidneys healthy

In the developed world up to 5% of patients with chronic kidney disease are children. But statistics are harder to come by in the developing world.
The doctor that once defended Mbeki

Read: South Africa’s National Health Insurance Bill

The country's NHI Bill was introduced to Parliament today. You can find it here.
Do almost half of South African men really smoke?

Should you believe the latest smoking figures from this tobacco-funded non-profit?

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Claim: 49% of men and 34.1% of women in South Africa smoke tobacco. Is this true? Africa Check investigates.

A few pills a day could keep severe COVID away: What you need to...

Two drugs to treat COVID-19 have recently become available. These aren’t substitutes for a vaccine, but they could help at-risk people from developing severe disease. Here’s what you need to know about the new pills on offer.
More and more people are turning to social media to express their feelings when they are feeling down or depressed.

​Facebook adds a new feature to red-flag suicide bids before they are carried out

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The social networking site is responding to the growing number of cries for help on its pages by including tips and links for users in distress.
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Do 1 in 5 Nigerian adults really live with long-term depression?

Why the World Bank may have peddled some dodgy facts about this mental health condition.
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The thriller that caused hundreds of organ donations

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Why languish in illness when the poor could be used to help you live long and prosper? A dubious advertisement recently advocated.
Villagers from the village of Ndoromo are seen walking on the edge of the Bire Kpatous game reserve, where efforts are afoot to encourage tourism. (Sam Mednick)

South Sudan turns to tourism in bid to draw line under past unrest

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Travel firms adopt wait-and-see approach as government seeks to entice visitors with safaris, Nile rafting and climbing trips. When Carsten Lillelund Pedersen visited South Sudan in November...
A Burundian woman is treated for malaria. Does Nigeria really account for almost a quarter of the world's malaria cases? Well...

Is Nigeria really home to almost one in four of the world’s malaria cases?

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International insecticide brand Mortein claims that Nigeria contributes 23% of the world’s malaria cases. Does the figure hit the mark?

Did Trump just hijack the world’s first UN declaration on universal healthcare?

On Monday, world leaders will sign a UN declaration that could have committed the world to provide decent healthcare for all. But instead, activists say, some of the world's biggest health issues sparkle in their absence. Find out what it means for South Africa’s National Health Insurance in the latest in our new series, Compass: Charting a course to the NHI.
“[The female officer]  was going to teach all the 'prostitutes' a lesson. The male police officers grabbed those ladies so the lady could force the [used] condoms into each lady’s mouth

One in three sex workers surveyed report being sexually abused by police

Sex workers tell of being tortured, including being beaten with sjamboks.

Expired materials and fly away tents: What researchers found when they looked at HIV...

South Africa loves to boast that we run the world’s largest HIV treatment programme. But when treatment starts with a test, is the country...
Of those men who had raped or beaten a woman

STUDY: 56% of surveyed Diepsloot men have raped or beaten a woman in the...

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Rape and physical abuse rates more than double those reported in national studies have been recorded in Diepsloot in northern Johannesburg

Three for three: Understanding the 3 COVID variants circulating during SA’s third wave

Which variants have been detected in South Africa and how do they differ? Each form of the virus has slight changes and therefore behaves slightly differently and could impact what the epidemic looks like. We break it down.