North Africa


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.


Why it could cost less than R120 per year to save a life

Alex Ezeh, Ann Starrs

Maternal deaths in developing regions would fall by 73% if all women had access to contraception and maternal healthcare, shows new research.


Should government health schemes pay for infertility treatment?

Nelisiwe Msomi

"Women are blamed for infertility when, in fact, as we know from research, it is quite often on the man’s side.”


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?


What life without toilets looks like

Peter Beaumont

Open defecation is a reality for many people around the world. Here's what it translates to.


[LISTEN] How (not) to clean your vagina

Demelza Bush, Mia Malan

Our Mia Malan speaks to medical doctor Tlaleng Mofokeng about how to stay happy and healthy down there.


Want to write a story people won’t forget? [WATCH] this

Mia Malan

When it comes to weaving a good yarn, the devil really is in the detail.


[WATCH] What does the law say about rape?

Mia Malan, Demelza Bush

Do you know what the law says about rape in South Africa? Our Mia Malan explains the legal ins and outs in three minutes.


Here are 12 things we've learned from five years of donor-funded journalism

Mia Malan

Work at a non-profit media house? Then you know your job is not just reporting anymore.


Scientists confirm what women always knew: Men really are the weaker sex

Kate Hodal

In times of famine, epidemic and hardship over the past 250 years, women have consistently outlived men, find researchers


Can you can turn yourself into a broccoli-loving, marathon-running genius?

Will Storr

We used to believe our brains couldn’t be changed. Now we believe they can – if we want it enough. But is that true?


Women forced into sex to pay hospital bills, study says

Kate Hodal

Patients too poor to settle medical debts are chained to drain pipes, starved and abused in health centres across parts of Africa.


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.


This country figured out how to stop teen substance abuse, so why has no one else?

Emma Young

Find out which nordic nation radically cut teenage smoking, drinking and drug use and how they did it.


Should you really be talking to your 10-year-old child about sex?

Pontsho Pilane

By the age of 10, children’s ideas about gender, relationships and violence are largely set in stone.


Egypt's blind football players

Demelza Bush, Ati Metwaly

Blind Football Egypt (BFE) is the country’s first professional football team for blind and visually impaired athletes.


Why you should play with your children

Afrika Tikkun

Playtime isn't just about fun and games - find out why it's an important part of young children's development.


Penicillin shortages as pharma companies eye newer, more lucrative drugs

Keila Guimarães

Older antibiotic staples are no longer moneymakers. But as modern bugs evolve to outwit them, very few new drugs are ready to take their place.


Why you shouldn't be ashamed of your period

Pontsho Pilane, Demelza Bush

When we are socialised to believe something as natural as menstruation is dirty, those who bleed may feel embarrassed about their period.


Is racism making our children sick?

Joan van Dyk

Children who experience discrimination may be more at risk of mental and physical ill-health.


Will smacking your kids make them violent?

Demelza Bush, Joan van Dyk

Experts suggest that banning corporal punishment in the home could lead to a less violent society. Joan van Dyk explains.


Numbers of Africans sentenced to die soars

Pontsho Pilane

More than 1 000 Nigerians languish on death row.


How much sugar do you drink?

Mia Malan

Half a litre of Coke contains 10 teaspoons of sugar – almost the entire recommended daily sugar allowance. But fruit juice is as bad.


Busted: The myths that could be standing between you and the HIV prevention pill

Joan van Dyk

A single daily tablet could slash your risk of HIV infection, could it be for you?


Afraid of death? Take comfort that you’ll live on in varied and surprising ways

Moheb Costandi

Most of us would rather not know what happens to our bodies after death. But that breakdown gives birth to new life in unexpected ways.


How do water births help with pain relief?

Demelza Bush

Curious about water births and why they're becoming more popular? We give you the basics in under 2 minutes.


Women’s bodies are the battleground for civil liberties

Teldah Mawarire, Sara K Brandt

Female activists face persecution largely because their existence is an affront to the patriarchal nature of societies.


How your period could be messing with your mental health

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is a diagnosable mental health condition. Never heard of it? You're not alone.


The future of take-away? I'll take a large pizza - and an HIV test - for delivery

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Home is where the heart is, they say – it could also be the future of HIV testing.


Nutrition remains single biggest ‘missed opportunity’ in health, says Gates

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Malnutrition contributes to almost half of all child deaths globally but receives 1% of foreign aid.