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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.


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.


After Ebola: What happens when the virus fades and the NGOs — and money — leave?

Clarissa Sosin

Ebola wiped out nearly 10% of Liberia’s doctors and nurses. Take a look at life for those it left behind.


Old birth rites, new ways

Bhekisisa Reporters

When bringing a new life into the world risks taking another, even old traditions have to adopt new ways.


Speak more than one language? This is what it does to your brain.

Gaia Vince

Speaking more than one language could lead to better tests scores and even being a more empathetic person.


Who killed Ntombizodwa Matthews? Politics, protest & corruption in the North West

Bhekisisa Reporters

A month after she was wheeled out of a North West hospital in a barrow, Ntombizodwa Matthews met her end. Her family blames politics for her death.


Football’s dashed hopes: The teenagers sold a Premier League lie

Pete Pattisson, The Guardian

They thought they were signing up for a dream but it turned out to be a trafficking nightmare.


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.


Black? A woman? Read why you’re more likely to be a victim of online trolls

Gaia Vince

Are social media algorithms designed to prey the mental health of women and people of colour?


These hospitals have become a home away from home in the Maasai's fight against TB

Christabel Ligami, Adri Kotze

When TB strikes, the fight to live can come at the cost of a way of life for the country's nomads. This could help ease the pain.


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.


#Listeriosis: An evil mastermind? Track the thoughts of a killer

Joan van Dyk

We trace the last moments before the source of this potent bacterium was discovered.


Download our easy-to-use safe abortion graphics in six 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.


What do your period and bananas have in common? Find out

In Rwanda, schoolgirls can now buy locally produced, cheaper sanitary towels


#Listeriosis: Meet the family that lost two loved ones

Pontsho Pilane, Mia Malan

Long before red flags were raised, this family fell victim to listeriosis. And this week, tragedy has struck again.


Vaccines in the time of cholera: Inside the new fight against an old foe

Why the world is just waking up to the power of immunisations to tackle this infectious disease and how we’re learning more with every rainy season.


Captured, raped, ransomed: The kidnappers preying on teenagers far from home

Sally Hayden

When Ella and her cousin reached a refugee camp in Sudan, it seemed to herald safety. Instead, it was the start of an all too familiar ordeal.


A grim anniversary: Hundreds of clinics close as Trump’s gag rule turns one

Ryan Lenora Brown

Governments and even anonymous do-gooders are stepping into fill the funding gap left by the US decision, but their pockets will never be deep enough.


‘Cancer I could deal with. Losing my breast I could not.’

Joanna Moorhead

For those with breast cancer, a mastectomy may seem like the best option. But Joanna Moorhead is glad she chose less extensive surgery.