Could companies’ wooing of social media influencers be just a clever ploy to get around the country’s tobacco advertising ban?
When kids at risk of suicide can talk to trained friends & family, they're seven times less likely to die, says one of the world's largest studies.
Armed with blockchain and artificial intelligence, health workers and campaigners are battling the bogus business that kills thousands.
Why the woes facing South Africa’s Thuthuzela Care Centres may not be as unique as we thought.
A rare condition has caused this man’s body to age at super speed. Why?
Public health officials and journalists are like two peas in a pot — they need each other.
In the rarely visited town of Gedeb, fears are rife over state plans to return 150 000 people to areas they fled because of ethnic violence.
These ATMs can decrease the number of patients in clinics but health workers are not helping to achieve that goal.
Scientists and campaigners warn that factories in coastal villages are wreaking environmental and economic havoc.
Before 2011, this country couldn’t screen for cervical cancer let alone prevent it. Since then everything’s changed.
This country tested out a national health insurance. Find out what happened next.
In Kivalo, where cyclones, overfishing and rising seas threaten livelihoods, beekeeping offers an unlikely alternative to fishing.
South Africa's public health nurses are infamous for having bad attitudes. Could a pair of goggles help them change their ways?
Presented this week at the World Health Assembly, the document could usher in a new era in affordable healthcare. Here's why we need it.
General anaesthetic is supposed to make surgery painless. Now there’s evidence that one person in 20 may be awake when doctors think they’re under.
Having banned female genital cutting, his ousting was good for democracy, but but bad for women's bodies.
Inside the Kenyan village that began as a refuge for survivors of sexual violence.
Since the country’s rollout, less than a quarter of people who’ve started taking the HIV prevention pill are young women — despite high HIV rates.
This invasive plant clogs our dam and rivers but in Kenya, it’s become the next big thing in renewable energy.
For years, catching this drug-resistant bacteria meant painful treatment that risked your hearing and mental health. Now, that could be changing.
The Bafana Bafana coach’s only option is victory, which will propel the team into the Africa Cup of Nations and secure his job
About 15 years after their son died while illegally detained at a deportation centre outside Johannesburg, this family still hasn't found his grave.
When a river and several hours of dirt roads stand between you & the nearest hospital, giving birth can be deadly. One nurse is hoping to change that.
Women who have been forced to go without their usual birth control shot are now facing the consequences of months-long shortages.
It’s been five years since the country prohibited same-sex marriage and LGBTI gatherings, and the climate of fear left in its wake could be deadly.
Unsafe in Somalia and unwanted in Kenya, refugees increasingly risk abduction in search of a better life.
Desperate to reach Europe, migrants from Africa are travelling to Egypt to sell body parts to pay for their passage.
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.
The continent’s largest film industry has been getting mental health all wrong with dangerous consequences. Now, that’s changing.
Bosasa bribed its way into contracts. Meet the four-year-old who paid the price.
Meet a South African getting her HIV medication at the press of a button.
During this initiation season, we look back at what happened in 2013 when bungled initiations cost boys their penises.
Nomthandazo* thought her and her partner were happily expecting their first baby together. She was wrong.
Bhekisisa means "to scrutinise" in isiZulu
In South Africa, Zulu patients who would like to be thoroughly assessed by a doctor, would ask the physician to "bhekisisa" them.