General anaesthetic is supposed to make surgery painless. Now there’s evidence that one person in 20 may be awake when doctors think they’re under.
Men who have sex with men can now take PrEP before and after sex and be protected from HIV. Here's how it works.
Inside the Kenyan village that began as a refuge for survivors of sexual violence.
One in four people carry this potentially deadly bug? Now a new shorter treatment can prevent it from making you sick.
Policy bans aid going to foreign groups that support abortion rights as secretary of state Pompeo says: ‘This is decent and right’
This invasive plant clogs our dam and rivers but in Kenya, it’s become the next big thing in renewable energy.
Men who have sex with men can now safely use the HIV prevention pill before and after sex, instead of every day.
In 2003, New Zealand did away with all laws against consensual adult sex work. Activists say South Africa can take a few lessons from it.
Ecstasy users are more empathetic than those who take other drugs – even when not on it.
No one really knows how many people inject drugs in east and southern Africa and that's a bigger problem than you think.
Unsafe in Somalia and unwanted in Kenya, refugees increasingly risk abduction in search of a better life.
The philanthropic duo give their two cents or rather $200-million on how to deal with the world's inequalities.
How do you outrun a lie when science shows misinformation spreads faster than fact?
What if your doctor couldn’t even wash her hands before examining you?
Across the continent, women are helping to reimagine a sacred rite of passage in an effort to honour their cultures and spare their bodies.
The World Health Organization launches an inquiry after claims of ‘legendary’ corruption, including racism and sexism.
Finally, go where you've always feared to tread at the gym with these four tips.
Virtual reality isn’t just for video games anymore. It’s revolutionising medicine, including the way we manage pain.
Girls in Kenya’s Narok County will also be made to reveal the identities of babies’ fathers.
You made it through the year. Kick back, relax and take a read through the 2018 that was.
The investigation of an independent panel recommends reviewing whether UNAids executive director Michel Sidibé should continue in his role.
Chinese scientist He Jiankui claims to have engineered the world’s first genetically-modified babies. Did he unleash one of science’s worst fears?
Report unearths neglect in Kenyan institutions, yet discrimination means children may be at risk of being killed if they remain in communities
We could be just months away from knowing whether Depo-Provera use is linked to a higher risk of HIV infection in women.
Globally, one in four private healthcare groups surveyed won’t work with governments.
We are facing possibly the greatest health threat of our time: drug-resistant infections. But here's why there's hope the world can change course.
Few governments are prepared to care for the people forced to leave their countries as a result of conflict or climate change. Here's why.
Zion Medical can't explain the poor treatment Ugandan patients got as part of its 'trial' and its recent announcement may have added to the harm.
The Swedish model, legalisation, decriminalisation — does the sex work debate leave you confused? Look no further.
Ugandan campaigners are warned they will break the country's anti-homosexuality law if they open the safe space.
When a few months of treatment costs as much as a house, some patients are taking their lives and the law into their own hands to survive.
Recent national and Gauteng memos demanding all foreign patients pay in full for services likely fell foul of the law.
Bhekisisa means "to scrutinise" in Zulu
In South Africa, Zulu patients who would like to be thoroughly assessed by a doctor, would ask the physician to "bhekisisa" them.