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[WATCH] How to diagnose & treat cholera: A guide for health workers

Health workers, this is your cheat sheet to detecting and treating #cholera in your patients. Watch this video for the details.
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[WATCH] How two women are changing the way trans women are treated

How would you feel if you visit a clinic because you’re sick, but the doctor or nurse who helps you, laughs at you, rather than treats you? That’s the kind of treatment Luyanda Mzimela and Viyonce Mabena frequently get. Our TV team paid them a visit.

Health Beat #8 | ‘They looked at me like I’m an animal’: Why discrimination...

When health workers discriminate against people with a higher chance of getting HIV, the virus spreads like wildfire because such groups become less likely to use health facilities. Our Health Beat team asked transgender people about the service they get at government clinics and the health department about what happens to a doctor or nurse who refuses to help patients.

[WATCH] How does cholera spread?

Cholera is caused by bacteria that normally comes from the faeces of an infected person. Here’s how you can protect yourself.

Health Beat #7 | Weight loss drugs may work — but won’t end obesity...

Losing weight is hard. For many people, diets and exercise don't work in the long term. Genetics can also play a role in people’s body weight (and their ability to lose it). In this month’s episode of our television show, Health Beat, we speak to two people who've used the weight loss drug, semaglutide.

#TeamBhekisisa | Meet Bhekisisa’s most camera-shy team member

Spend a day with Dylan Bush, Bhekisisa’s production and multimedia manager, and see what it takes to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes.

[WATCH] The anatomy of a tackle: How changing rugby laws could protect players

With plans to lower the tackle height in rugby around the world, why is the governing body for rugby considering it? Put simply, the lower the height, the lower the risk of head injury. Watch for more.

#TeamBhekisisa | Science made simple: Here’s what content editor Linda Pretorius does

Through asking critical questions, our content editor, Linda Pretorius, works with our reporters and writers to interpret study results and unpack them in easy-to-understand language. She loves putting science into easy words, and helping policymakers, researchers and reporters to do the same. Here’s how she works.

#TeamBhekisisa | Meet Mohale Moloi, Bhekisisa’s multimedia reporter and producer

From scouring science journals to social media, Mohale Moloi does whatever it takes to find a great story. Here’s how a typical day goes for Bhekisisa’s Health Beat producer.

[WATCH] How does Ozempic work?

Ozempic contains a synthetic version of a hormone our bodies create. It is used to treat diabetes but also reduces the appetite of people who use the drug. Watch this for more.

#TeamBhekisisa | Colours and cameras: This is how multimedia reporter Yolanda gets the job...

As a multimedia reporter, our Yolanda Mdzeke spends a lot of time behind the scenes. She’s often staring at a screen. Watch this video to find out how she gets the job done.

Health Beat #6 | ‘Suddenly you become anxious and angry’: How loadshedding impacts mental...

There have been 422 days of rolling black-outs since 2020 and it’s taken a toll on South Africans’ mental health. A survey by the South African Depression and Anxiety Group reveals that people are dealing with anxiety, more family conflict and thoughts of self death.

#TeamBhekisisa: One person’s ‘news editor’ is another’s ‘poltergeist’

Find out how our news editor Joan van Dyk decides what our articles should add to the news cycle.

#TeamBhekisisa: A day in our office with health reporter Nicole Ludolph

Like most people, Nicole Ludolph starts her day off by scrolling through social media. Then, she gets to work. Have a look at how she navigates the world of health journalism.

Safe, not seedy: How sex work changed after two decades of decrim in New...

In South Africa, 70% of female sex workers in a countrywide survey conducted in 2019 said they’d experienced violence from clients in the previous year. Find out how things change when sex work isn’t illegal from workers in New Zealand.

#BhekisisaDiaries: What vasectomy research says about sex, myths and manhood

There are two birth control options for men in South Africa – condoms and vasectomies. Men have a good grip of how condoms work but less so when it comes to the 15-minute snip. Stigma, myths and misconceptions are all part of what our reporter Mohale Moloi hopes to challenge with his reproductive health reporting.