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Goats and Soda
3:37 am
Tue December 2, 2014

If Everybody Had An Ocean, Could We Surf Our Way To Mental Health?

They're not just surfing for fun. Youngsters in Cape Town's Waves for Change are facing mental health problems. With the help of a surfing mentor and a counselor, they can learn how to cope.
Anders Kelto NPR

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 4:20 pm

Lwandile Mntanywa is zipping up his wet suit. The tall, soft-spoken high school junior comes to Cape Town's Monwabisi Beach almost every day after school and starts running when he sees the water. "I can see the waves are cooking, I will run fast as I can," says the 18-year-old.

Before he began surfing, he was running as fast as he could — in the wrong direction.

Mntanywa grew up in a shack just up the road. For him, childhood meant dealing with a terrible secret. His dad was physically and emotionally abusing his mom — usually while drunk.

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Goats and Soda
5:29 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Your Odds Of Surviving Cancer Depend Very Much On Where You Live

Brazil's Christ the Redeemer statue is lit up in pink as part of a campaign for breast cancer awareness. The country's survival rate for the disease is improving.
Felipe Dana AP

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 7:18 pm

In the United States, 9 out of 10 kids diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia will live. In Jordan, the survival rate is 16 percent.

And while cervical cancer patients have a five-year survival rate of over 70 percent in countries like Mauritius and Norway, the rate in Libya is under 40 percent.

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Goats and Soda
5:06 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

The Guy Who Delivers HIV Medicine On His Bicycle

Sizwe Nzima, right, and one of his six employees deliver medicines to patients in a Cape Town neighborhood.
Anders Kelto for NPR

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 9:59 pm

He was sitting in a clinic. Waiting. And waiting. And waiting for his grandparents' HIV medicine.

Sizwe Nzima was a high school student in Cape Town, South Africa, when he would pick up the medicine for his HIV-positive grandparents, who had difficulty traveling to the clinic themselves. Because of the long lines, Nzima usually waited hours and often made multiple trips to the clinic before and after school. He tried to bribe the pharmacists to get the medication sooner. But it didn't work.

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Goats and Soda
11:57 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Yes, Doctor, I Took My Anti-HIV Meds (But Really, I Didn't)

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 2:37 pm

For years, health researchers have been excited about two new weapons in the war on HIV — a vaginal gel and a pill. Both reduce the likelihood of HIV transmission during intercourse and could give young women in Africa, where the virus is especially prevalent, a new way to protect themselves during sex.

There's just one problem: It's really difficult to get women to use them.

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Goats and Soda
4:16 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Grannies Taking Care Of Grannies Is Good For Everyone

Gloria Gxebeka (left) visits Leona Mqhayi and types her health information into a cell phone
Anders Kelto/NPR

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 6:32 pm

Knock, knock.

Who's there?

If you're an older resident of a low-income area outside Cape Town, it might be Gloria Gxebeka. She's a 63-year-old grandmother and retired cook who used to spend her days at home alone and glued to the TV, especially the American soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. But now she's got a new job. She goes door-to-door, checking on the health of other older folks in her neighborhood.

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