West Africa


'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?


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.


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.


'Our god is stronger' — can biodiverse Bijagós fend off evangelical threat?

Ruth Maclean

For centuries, traditional religious practices have preserved the sacred forests of the Bijagós archipelago. Now missionaries are muscling in.


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.


Water in Ghana from pipe to packet: Is there a hidden cost to this low-cost solution?

Shaun Raviv

In a country where pipes can stop short of reaching home, cheap sachets of water sold on the street could be an unlikely solution, but at what cost?


WATCH: All the ways the world polices sex

Dylan Bush

The Swedish model, legalisation, decriminalisation — does the sex work debate leave you confused? Look no further.


SIU hones in on healthcare sector: 'Prosecutions have to follow'

Bhekisisa team

After two days of deliberations on the National Health Insurance, delegates are expected to summarise findings and present the way forward.


Watch live: Mabuza, Motsoaledi meet with unions and private sector to discuss NHI

Bhekisisa team

Motsoaledi is expected to join experts, academics and business to discuss how NHI will be financed and the private sector's involvement.


People are still being shackled and tortured for living with this disease

Roxy de Villiers

The Life Esidimeni tragedy makes headlines again in a new global report.


Why this legal drug may put you at risk for a killer infectious disease

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

That tot or two might be putting you at risk for...an infectious disease? Find out what you need to know.


SA experimental TB vaccine is the first in almost a century to slash new TB cases

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Scroll down to read the latest trial results as part of our live blog from the UN's recent high level meeting on TB


What to expect from the world’s first high-level UN meeting on TB

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Ramaphosa and Motsoaledi are expected to draw high praise at a UN meeting this week. Find out why.


Acid attacks: ‘I didn’t have the money to buy justice, but I had brains to go on'

In the wake of acid attacks, victims — often women — can feel hopeless. Now, women around the world are fighting back.


When it comes to vaccines, there really is safety in numbers. Here's why

Keith Klugman

Turns out it takes a village to raise a child but also to protect them.


This slashed rates of violence by 70% in some areas. Could it work in SA?

Samira Shackle

In many ways, violence is like cholera, passing from person to person and treating it in similar ways is working to reduce it.


Could you WhatsApp your way to better mental health?

Shola Lawal

A dearth of mental health professionals is leading some people to get creative about counselling.


Why the world may force women to choose: No birth control, no ARVs

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

A new drug could save 25 000 women living with HIV but could it come at the cost of their babies lives?


New science: Why two pills before and after sex could help to save you from HIV

Mia Malan

Men who have sex with men can now take on-demand pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, safely.


You can't transmit HIV if you take ARVs correctly and are virally suppressed

Mia Malan

Researchers once again confirmed: It’s impossible for HIV-positive people on treatment to transmit the virus through sex — this time among gay men.


If you possess these 10 qualities, you might be a good fit for a high-stress job

Emma Young

Scientists studied soldiers with PTSD and even children who'd witnessed a great tragedy. Did they unlock the secrets of resilience?


Poisonous haze: Why the air we breathe could kill us

Innocent Eteng

Climate change and air pollution could be conspiring against the continent, and fuelling new levels of death and disease.


Tales from Trumpland: Health workers will be forced to bury aborted fetal tissue

Sophie Cousins

In the war on women's bodies, the casualties stretch far beyond US' 50 states.


Afraid of death? Take comfort that you’ll live on in varied and surprising ways

Moheb Costandi

Most of us would rather not know what happens to our bodies after death. But that breakdown gives birth to new life in unexpected ways.


This is what life is like in the world's last country to ban slavery

Seif Kousmate

Photojournalist, Seif Kousmate, photographed and interviewed current and former slaves in Mauritania and got imprisoned by police in the process.


After Ebola: What happens when the virus fades and the NGOs — and money — leave?

Clarissa Sosin

Ebola wiped out nearly 10% of Liberia’s doctors and nurses. Take a look at life for those it left behind.


Old birth rites, new ways

Bhekisisa Reporters

When bringing a new life into the world risks taking another, even old traditions have to adopt new ways.