• Premawathe Ukuna and Maha Puthiasay are one of the several couples at the Hendala Leprosy Hospital

    Love, hope and leprosy (video)

    A forgotten generation of people with leprosy have found sanctuary in a 300-year-old Sri Lankan hospital. Ross Velton met them.

  • Coming up on Mosaic

    Thousands of children in communist Romania, many of them orphans, were infected with HIV. Geta Roman reports on the challenges of growing up with HIV in a country trying to rebuild itself. 

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    The do-nothing dilemma

    When Judy Refuerzo heard the word ‘carcinoma’, she began considering her treatment options. But two years on, she’s chosen surveillance over surgery. Charlotte Huff meets her and other so-called watchful waiters.

  • Cleaning up the herbal healers

    From aphrodisiacs to mixtures for malaria, traditional remedies in Ghana are loved by the people and championed by entrepreneurs, and make millions for the government. Yepoka Yeebo finds out how herbal medicine became big business – and whether regulation might make or break it.

  • Why are we still waiting for the male pill?

    History is littered with ideas to control male fertility – and men are keen to have them. But with the heyday of the contraceptive industry apparently past, bringing the two together requires great determination and inventiveness, Andy Extance finds.

  • How the mafia is causing cancer

    When doctors in rural Italy began to see a surge in cancer cases, they were baffled. Then they made the link with industrial waste being dumped by local crime syndicates. Ian Birrell learns about the tragic consequences.

  • 192 days as John Doe

    For decades, unidentified bodies have been consigned to the back rooms of morgues and all but forgotten. Now a handful of campaigners are on a quest to find out who they are and where they come from. Deborah Halber reports.

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    Dead man’s sperm

    What drives the partners of men who have died to try and have their babies? Jenny Morber delves into the legally and ethically fraught world of post-mortem sperm donation.