In El HaLev’s trauma-informed self-defense classes, women practice fighting against “padded assailants.” The training is “part of a comprehensive effort to prevent sexual assault and other acts of interpersonal violence and boundary violations,” according to El HaLev’s website. (Din Aharoni / El HaLev)

Could self-defence classes help rape survivors overcome PTSD?

When class is in session, would-be "attackers" lunge at women in mock muggings. For survivors, classes can be triggering... but that...

‘They paid a taxi driver to kill me’

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Life on a hotter earth: Depression, drought & decolonising mental health

As the climate crisis worsens, arid parts of South Africa are expected to get even hotter and even more water-scarce. In...

Cobras & cures: Why the world is running chronically low on snake antivenom

Each year, millions will be bitten by venomous snakes and for many, antivenom will remain painfully out of reach. Discovering why...

The magistrate’s tail: How these pets are helping child rape victims get justice

The testimony of his eight-year-old victim may put convicted rapist Nicolas Ninow away for life. Ninow was convicted of rape on...
From the Ganges to Ghana, drones are taking to the sky to deliver the medication we need to stay alive. (Zipline)

Drones, drugs, hackers & the future of healthcare?

From the Ganges River to Ghana, drones are delivering vaccines, HIV tests and blood transfusions around the world and cutting waiting times...

Waiting game: Why a home away from home for pregnant women could be a...

When hospitals are few and far between, these shelters become homes away from home for expecting mothers. Find out how countries...
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize

The National Health Insurance: Can Zweli Mkhize pull this off?

Can the health minister fix our health system and what will it take? Here’s what Mkhize’s character, views and his past...
Editar Ochieng leaves a chemist in Kibera having purchased termination pills. (Kate Holt, The Guardian)

“People have normalised rape… but no one talks about abortion. When I do, the...

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Bringing home baby when your bae is HIV positive & you’re not

Sperm washing, assisted insemination & long hospital waits — if you were lucky. This is what falling pregnant when you were...
Man walking on a dirt road in Togo.

Doing the ‘tramadol dance’: What this latest music craze says about Africa’s pill addiction

The illicit trade in this prescription pain killer has become the stuff of ballads and dance halls but its abuse is...

Why there’s a bumper crop of opinions on this genetically modified food

Ghana plans to release the modified seeds this year or next. Will they benefit the small farmers they were designed for?
Man scans his fingerprint to receive medication.

mhealth’s power & pitfalls: An SMS a day keeps teens alive

By making a devastating mistake, this clinic proved it was on the right track.
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The WHO, the drug & women’s right to choose: The story behind dolutegravir

Take a look at the newest HIV treatment set to hit South Africa's shores in 2019.
A man looks out over a newly cleared area of forest at Kahuzi-Biéga national park near Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Kate Holt, The Guardian)

Pandas or people? When the fight to save the planet pits conservation against indigenous...

A deadly conflict simmers between the autochthon people forced out of Kahuzi-Biéga national park, and the rangers protecting the land.
A teenager receives a vaccination

How this country is beating anti-vaxxers at their own game

One in three French people think vaccines are unsafe, yet vaccine coverage in the country is rising. Here’s how they do...