West Africa


The President's 'Aids cure': Patients had to wash their bodies, top down

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.


Do 1 in 5 Nigerian adults really suffer from long-term depression?

Bhekisisa Reporters

Why the World Bank may have peddled some dodgy facts about this mental health condition.


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?


Seven things you should know about this country's largest Lassa fever outbreak

Coumba Sylla, Africa Check

Nigeria's latest and largest epidemic has claimed almost 100 lives. Find out more about the virus.


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] Forced oral sex: Is it 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.


Is Nigeria really home to almost one in four of the world's malaria cases?

Allwell Okpi

International insecticide brand Mortein claims that Nigeria contributes 23% of the world’s malaria cases. Does the figure hit the mark?


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.


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.


Modern day slavery: 'The girls trust the traffickers more than anyone'

Bhekisisa Reporters

For nearly three decades, a thriving sex-trafficking industry has been operating between Nigeria and Italy. Can this woman help break the chain?


'My neighbour murdered nearly all of my family, but now we are friends'

Amandas Ong

Thanks to a pioneering project survivors and perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide now live side by side in 'reconciliation villages'.


Did Trump just sentence 10,000 Nigerian women to death?

Ruth Maclean

Nearly 2 million unwanted pregnancies and thousands of deaths would have been prevented had Trump not pulled funding for reproductive health.


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.


New research shows rising support for gay marriage ban

Nelisiwe Msomi

A new report finds that 90% of Nigerians surveyed support a controversial Act that now also stands between LGBTI communities and healthcare.


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.


Health MEC quits as patient death tally almost triples

Mia Malan

Almost 100 Gauteng mental health patients died after MEC Qedani Mahlangu's disastrous decision, the health ombud has found.


Numbers of Africans sentenced to die soars

Pontsho Pilane

More than 1 000 Nigerians languish on death row.


Boko Haram leaves cruel legacy of trauma and starvation

Adri Kotze , Eromo Egbejule

Lay counsellors are being trained to assist a handful of psychiatrists to deal with the minds of Nigerians racked by Boko Haram terror


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.


Why South Africa is sad - and getting sadder

Ina Skosana

War-torn Somalia spent more than two decades without a working Parliament, so why are Somalis happier than South Africans?