Southern Africa


'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.


If you need an ambulance this festive season, what are your chances of getting one?

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.


Meet Nosipho and Elsa: they're both sex workers, but in different worlds

Mia Malan

Does sex work legislation have an impact on gender-based violence and HIV infection rates? We traveled to Amsterdam and Durban to find out.


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?


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

Naphtali Khumalo

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


This bracelet could one day help keep you safe from rape, assaults

Roxy de Villiers

How do you fix South Africa’s sexual and reproductive health wrongs? Help people access their rights.


Selling sex

Mia Malan

From Amsterdam’s glittering canals to Durban’s dark streets, take a look at how the world legislates sex — and why it matters.


Could R100 a month be enough to keep South Africa’s young women HIV free?

Catherine Sozi

In a world hemmed in by patriarchy and poverty, cash transfers could be the missing link in SA’s HIV prevention programmes.


Durban delays re-opening of city's only needle exchange programme

Joan van Dyk

The project’s closure six months ago forced some injecting drug users to share needles and risk infections such as HIV and Hepatitis C.


How do you say 'queer' in isiZulu?

Roxy de Villiers

Qhawekhazi (isiXhosa) noun. Heroine / the woman who is a hero with the courage to love another woman.


Could your favourite birth control put you at risk of HIV?

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.


Are foreigners stealing your jobs and healthcare? Find out.

Bhekisisa Reporters

A 'foreign threat’ could be a convenient boogeyman in an election season where politicians will face questions about their failures. Or not?


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.


'If climate change goes on as is, people will need to be relocated – we need a plan'

Joan van Dyk

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.


72 hours to care: The precarious road to psychiatric help

Thalia Holmes

For many people with severe mental illnesses, these special wards can be a lifeline and the first step to care — if they can get there.


Healthcare in protest: The state should heed the desperation

Bongani Majola

Violent protests at health facilities haven’t only uncovered failings, they have revealed the interconnected nature of the rights we aspire to live


WATCH: How far is South Africa in the fight against HIV and TB? Find out.

Bhekisisa team

South Africa boasts the world’s largest HIV treatment programme but are provinces ready to take the lead?


Love & other drugs: Men could make all the difference in keeping your baby HIV free

Joan van Dyk

Men can help to prevent new HIV infections by showing up for their partners. Here’s how:


Company with false HIV 'cure' admits trial was not registered with regulatory body

Sanele Ngcobo

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.


These ATMs have swopped bills for pills. Here's why.

Nelisiwe Msomi

Meet a South African getting her HIV medication at the press of a button.


Thousands of babies die each year in SA. This could help save them.

A week. That's how long most newborns who die will make it in South Africa. But there may be hope yet for the country's tiniest patients


SA to launch plan to tackle gender-based violence. Read Ramaphosa's speech here.

Bhekisisa team

"Twenty-thousand people were killed in the past year. The majority of killers and victims are men," Ramaphosa says at summit.


Transgender healthcare: What to know before you hit the waiting room

Nelisiwe Msomi

Finding gender-affirming care can be tough but there are some tips and resources to help.


Hlongwa, Mahlangu remain on high-level ANC body despite ban on public office

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Read the ANC Gauteng executive committee statement on embattled former health MECs Brian Hlongwa and Qedani Mahlangu as well as former Emfuleni mayor.


Go inside a day in our newsroom: The realities of donor-funded journalism

Mia Malan

What’s a day in a donor-funded journalism centre like? Mia Malan reveals all in her latest article for the journal of African Journalism Studies.


Becoming: Why most medical aids don't pay for transgender care

Nelisiwe Msomi

For transgender people, gender-affirming care can be a matter of life and death. But medical aids still see it as a choice rather than a necessity.