Criminalising sex work does almost nothing to stop it and almost everything to make it more dangerous. Is it time for a change?
Report unearths neglect in Kenyan institutions, yet discrimination means children may be at risk of being killed if they remain in communities
From Amsterdam’s glittering canals to Durban’s dark streets, take a look at how the world legislates sex — and why it matters.
We could be just months away from knowing whether Depo-Provera use is linked to a higher risk of HIV infection in women.
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.
Men can help to prevent new HIV infections by showing up for their partners. Here’s how:
Meet a South African getting her HIV medication at the press of a button.
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?
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
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.
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.
Go inside one of the country's most dangerous jobs.
Here's how northwest Kenya gets nomadic families to health services.
Obstetrician Eddie Mhlanga often had to attend to women who had unsafe abortions during apartheid, when abortion was illegal in South Africa.
Are faith-based NGOs breaking the law when they refuse to give women information on where to terminate their pregnancies?
Know what The Hunt for Red October is? We’re not talking about the Sean Connery movie, we’re talking about your period.
In the wake of acid attacks, victims — often women — can feel hopeless. Now, women around the world are fighting back.
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
Shame doesn't start when menstruation begins. It is built in slow steps.
In many ways, violence is like cholera, passing from person to person and treating it in similar ways is working to reduce it.
A dearth of mental health professionals is leading some people to get creative about counselling.
When one man was on his deathbed, his family knew how he wanted to die and could respect that.
A new drug could save 25 000 women living with HIV but could it come at the cost of their babies lives?
Scientists studied soldiers with PTSD and even children who'd witnessed a great tragedy. Did they unlock the secrets of resilience?
Climate change and air pollution could be conspiring against the continent, and fuelling new levels of death and disease.
In the war on women's bodies, the casualties stretch far beyond US' 50 states.
History repeats as old health emergencies emerge anew. Is the health ombud the person to lead fights the Human Rights Commission started?
A mother's love led her to South Africa to find a school for her son with autism.
Find out how drug users banded together to use a simple injection to save thousands of lives.
If a man dies in the Central African Republic, his wife is at risk of being evicted from their home by his relatives.
More than three decades into the HIV epidemic, some conversations haven't become any easier. This is one of them.
Getting parents more involved in childcare is good for a child’s health and prospects in life. South Africa needs to get with the programme.
Long before red flags were raised, this family fell victim to listeriosis. And this week, tragedy has struck again.
Bhekisisa means "to scrutinise" in Zulu
In South Africa, Zulu patients who would like to be thoroughly assessed by a doctor, would ask the physician to "bhekisisa" them.