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From Durban to Amsterdam: How the world polices sex work — and why it matters

Mia Malan

Criminalising sex work does almost nothing to stop it and almost everything to make it more dangerous. Is it time for a change?


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


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 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.


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.


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:


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.


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?


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


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.


Could this finally solve the Eastern Cape's cancer mystery?

Kat Arney

The substances that cause cancer leave their fingerprints behind. Now, the world may be closer than ever to unravelling the clues hidden in our DNA.


This is what it's like being a sex worker: 'Police dragged me out in public naked'

Dylan Bush

Go inside one of the country's most dangerous jobs.


What do a herd of goats, a few cattle, and a baby have in common? Find out

Christabel Ligami

Here's how northwest Kenya gets nomadic families to health services.


'I opened her up and found her womb was rotten from the infection'

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Obstetrician Eddie Mhlanga often had to attend to women who had unsafe abortions during apartheid, when abortion was illegal in South Africa.


Pregnant? Need an abortion? Here’s where not to go

Pontsho Pilane

Are faith-based NGOs breaking the law when they refuse to give women information on where to terminate their pregnancies?


Menstruation by any other name: The more than 5000 ways we say 'period'

Roxy de Villiers

Know what The Hunt for Red October is? We’re not talking about the Sean Connery movie, we’re talking about your period.


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.


Dying of the light: How Soweto lost its only hospice

Joan van Dyk

Hospice isn't just a place to die but funding cuts – and that perception – could be killing our chances of a kinder death as refuges close


#FreeToBleed: 'A pool of blood gushed down my thighs. My white socks were red.'

Pontsho Pilane

Shame doesn't start when menstruation begins. It is built in slow steps.


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.


How a better death starts long before we're dying

Helena Dolny

When one man was on his deathbed, his family knew how he wanted to die and could respect that.


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?


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.


Does South Africa need a Human Rights Commission?

Joan van Dyk

History repeats as old health emergencies emerge anew. Is the health ombud the person to lead fights the Human Rights Commission started?


Not a school in sight: Autistic children travel 500 km to learn

Pontsho Pilane

A mother's love led her to South Africa to find a school for her son with autism.


Saved: How drug users gained the power to reverse overdoses

Carrie Arnold

Find out how drug users banded together to use a simple injection to save thousands of lives.


'I was kicked out of our house by his parents', say widows

Will Baxter

If a man dies in the Central African Republic, his wife is at risk of being evicted from their home by his relatives.