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'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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Myths and methadone: Will Egypt’s laws bend to the rising tide of drug abuse?

Ati Metwaly

The real revolution is yet to come when it relates to the country’s opioid epidemic.


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.


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.


'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.


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.


Download our easy-to-use safe abortion graphics in 11 languages for free

Bhekisisa team

Abortion has been legal for more than 20 years in SA but many people still don't know when or where they can get safe terminations. These can help.


Abortion in South Africa: A reporting guide for journalists

Bhekisisa team

Bhekisisa's new manual provides handy information on abortion data in South Africa, how procedures work and what the law says.


The future of water: From your toilet to your tap and back again

Thalia Holmes

The reality is many of us look at water like we do a takeaway container.


Obesity: Is eating slap tjips as bad as smoking?

Adri Kotze

For millennials, it ain't looking good, but are hard-hitting campaigns just fat-shaming and counterproductive?


'No sex, no coffee, no ARVs': Former president's quackery could land him in court

Adri Kotze , Momodou L. Jaiteh

Former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh will be the first African head of state to be tried for violating the rights of HIV-positive people.


Local is lekker: This African innovation could save hundreds of babies each year

Justus Wanzala, Adri Kotze

Every year, hundreds of thousands of children die gasping for air. This could help to change that.


Slice of Life: 'I shared my abortion experience on Facebook and it went viral'

Nelisiwe Msomi

A horrifying experience at an illegal abortion provider led Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile to use social media to help women access safe abortion services


Death and dignity: How KZN strips cancer patients of their pride

Joan van Dyk

Terminally ill patients in the province have little access to pain relief, or basic care. Here's one man's story.


#LifeEsidimeni: What will the Gauteng government be forced to pay?

Bhekisisa Reporters

The families of the nearly 150 mental health patients who died in the Life Esidimeni tragedy will know today how much they will be compensated.