East Africa


What your doctor is thinking when they say, 'I’m afraid I have some bad news'

Morgan Pantuck

Doctors have turned to scientific studies for guidance on talking with patients, but the results have largely left them guessing.


Shots, myths & cash: The perilous road to curbing cancer

Sophie Cousins

Before 2011, this country couldn’t screen for cervical cancer let alone prevent it. Since then everything’s changed.


'This is the first time government has done something concrete for the poor'

Amrit Dhillon

This country tested out a national health insurance. Find out what happened next.


What happens when you can’t fight climate change? You use what you’ve got to adapt

Emilie Filou

In Kivalo, where cyclones, overfishing and rising seas threaten livelihoods, beekeeping offers an unlikely alternative to fishing.


This is what it's like waking up during surgery

David Robson

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.


How to use a before-and-after-sex pill to protect you from HIV - if you’re a gay man

Dylan Bush, Mia Malan

Men who have sex with men can now take PrEP before and after sex and be protected from HIV. Here's how it works.


The village where men are banned

Julie Bindel

Inside the Kenyan village that began as a refuge for survivors of sexual violence.


This kills more South Africans than any other disease. There’s a new way to stop it

Gavin Churchyard

One in four people carry this potentially deadly bug? Now a new shorter treatment can prevent it from making you sick.


Trump expands global gag rule that blocks US aid for abortion groups

Julian Borger

Policy bans aid going to foreign groups that support abortion rights as secretary of state Pompeo says: ‘This is decent and right’


Why the fight against this weed could pay off handsomely for an energy-strapped SA

Gilbert Nakweya

This invasive plant clogs our dam and rivers but in Kenya, it’s become the next big thing in renewable energy.


Men, the HIV prevention pill just got easier. Get the '2-1-1' on what to know

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Men who have sex with men can now safely use the HIV prevention pill before and after sex, instead of every day.


Think criminalising sex work is in the best interest of people? Think again

Mia Malan

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.


Could this drug one day come out of the club and onto your therapist's couch?

Molly Carlyle

Ecstasy users are more empathetic than those who take other drugs – even when not on it.


Southern Africa's missing drug users: We can't treat what we don't count

Catherine Sozi

No one really knows how many people inject drugs in east and southern Africa and that's a bigger problem than you think.


How this 19-year-old fell prey to human traffickers

Moulid Hujale

Unsafe in Somalia and unwanted in Kenya, refugees increasingly risk abduction in search of a better life.


Five ways to save the world, according to Bill & Melinda Gates

Roxy de Villiers

The philanthropic duo give their two cents or rather $200-million on how to deal with the world's inequalities.


The rise of anti-vaxxer bots: Fake news is going viral — & it’s bad for our health

Junaid Nabi

How do you outrun a lie when science shows misinformation spreads faster than fact?


Only half of clinics and hospitals in this country meet basic hygiene standards

Mercy Masoo

What if your doctor couldn’t even wash her hands before examining you?


When police crashed her wedding, she was 8. Her soon-to-be husband was 67.

Christabel Ligami

Across the continent, women are helping to reimagine a sacred rite of passage in an effort to honour their cultures and spare their bodies.


Why money earmarked to fight Ebola may have financed one man's love life

Rebecca Ratcliffe

The World Health Organization launches an inquiry after claims of ‘legendary’ corruption, including racism and sexism.


How to get the most out of your gym membership

Neil Gibson

Finally, go where you've always feared to tread at the gym with these four tips.


Gaming medicine: Virtual reality is bringing real-time relief for chronic pain

Jo Marchant

Virtual reality isn’t just for video games anymore. It’s revolutionising medicine, including the way we manage pain.


Schoolgirls in this country face compulsory tests for pregnancy, genital mutilation

Rebecca Ratcliffe

Girls in Kenya’s Narok County will also be made to reveal the identities of babies’ fathers.


2018: The best, the worst and the weird

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

You made it through the year. Kick back, relax and take a read through the 2018 that was.


'Boys club' culture at UNAids allowed for sexual harassment and bullying - report

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The investigation of an independent panel recommends reviewing whether UNAids executive director Michel Sidibé should continue in his role.


Man who created the first GMO babies is missing but his discovery could haunt us all

Joyce Harper

Chinese scientist He Jiankui claims to have engineered the world’s first genetically-modified babies. Did he unleash one of science’s worst fears?


Investigation reveals shocking conditions at NGOs caring for disabled people

Naomi Larsson

Report unearths neglect in Kenyan institutions, yet discrimination means children may be at risk of being killed if they remain in communities


Why science could finally be close to solving this birth control riddle

Kristen van Schie

We could be just months away from knowing whether Depo-Provera use is linked to a higher risk of HIV infection in women.


Estranged bedfellows: Why the private sector remains wary of universal healthcare

Joan van Dyk

Globally, one in four private healthcare groups surveyed won’t work with governments.


Antibiotic resistance: Three ways to stop the rise of the superbugs

Tim Jinks

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.