Southern Africa


Breaking bad: Cancer patients turn drug smugglers as treatment prices soar

Joan van Dyk

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.


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.


This is putting SA's women in the grave, so what's health department doing about it?

Yogan Pillay

Pregnancy in South Africa is getting safer, but still not safe enough. Here’s what the health department says they’re doing about it.


[LISTEN] This mom became a sex worker and her daughter is fine with it

Mia Malan

Sex work is selling a service, not your body, says Mariska Majoor. There's nothing sinister about it.


Gauteng health department misses deadline to pay junior doctors

Nelisiwe Msomi

With no money for petrol, many doctors have applied for authorised special leave. But some hospitals have warned there will be consequences.


This is how a SA toddler died at the #Bosasa-run Lindela

Dylan Bush, Joan van Dyk

Find out what you need to know about Bosasa’s alleged corruption in just minutes with our Joan van Dyk.


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?


Cost of corruption – How a toddler  died at Bosasa’s detention centre

Joan van Dyk

Bosasa bribed its way into contracts. Meet the four-year-old who paid the price.


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?


Inside the illegal abortion market: 'I nearly touched hell'

Wendy Muperi

Zimbabwe’s tight abortion laws aren’t curbing demand, they’re driving them underground — and it’s about to get worse.


‘HIV testing was compulsory. If you didn’t test, they wouldn’t treat you’

Shenilla Mohamed

The struggle to survive pregnancy and death in a land of plenty and poverty hasn’t changed much in the past five years — there are lives to prove it.


Leaving home means leaving family - and could have health implications

Dylan Bush, Joan van Dyk

Leaving home means leaving your friends, family and social support. But it's worse than that.


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.


Unemployed doctors: Why medical schools face a tough choice

Nelisiwe Msomi

It’s the age of austerity and it’s bad news for doctors, nurses and patients alike — unless the state can do more with less.


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.


Nurse: 'I had to supplement my income. That’s when I got into sex work.'

Dylan Bush

Joan Collins* worked as an intensive care nurse in Cape Town. But that's not the only way she made a living.


This map tells you which districts have the country's highest c-section rates

Laura Grant, Media Hack

Some districts report Caesarean rates of 40%, which is much higher than the 26% national average for public hospitals.


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.


'My family had no business selling me off for R4'

Nyasha Chingono

Think child marriages only happen in far off countries? Think again.


[PODCAST] Each one teach one: Doctors, traditional healers tackle psychiatric illness

Bhekisisa team

Medical doctors and traditional healers often struggle to trust each other. But in this rural KZN community they learned how to work together.


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.


A changing birth: What’s behind SA’s skyrocketing c-section rates?

Almost one in four babies born at public hospitals come into the world via c-section but is it costing some women their lives?


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.


Graphic of the day: Where are South Africa's ambulances?

Nelisiwe Msomi

Think that emergency care is just a call away? You might want to think again.


On the road: Go inside the farm clinics making sure workers are never far from care

Dylan Bush

They're not only good for workers' health, they're good for business too.


'I didn’t think it was necessary to use condoms because I was only 15.'

Joan van Dyk

This province reported skyrocketing rates of teen pregnancy but behind the figures lies a story about sex, knowledge and data.


How many of these iconic protest posters can you recognise?

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Here's the story of the Treatment Action Campaign or how a handful of people created a global movement that changed the world.


Code red: Why provinces are forced to outsource ambulance services

Nelisiwe Msomi

Take a look at the results of our latest national survey of how many state ambulances South Africa has on the road.


Plant, pick, pack: Finding Mpumalanga's missing fruit pickers

Joan van Dyk

In this province, the agricultural and mining sectors draw thousands of workers each year – and then they disappear. Here’s why we need to find them.


'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.