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Stories about Health

12 October 2019

Young Jamaican senator makes ‘inappropriate’ comments in parliament about breast cancer

"How is [discussing] part of a woman's body either appropriate or relevant in a Parliamentary (or any other public/formal discourse)?"

Police raid on rehab centre in Trinidad reveals inhumane conditions

Scores of people were found caged and mistreated in a rehabilitation centre that at one time received millions of dollars in government assistance.

18 September 2019

Five years after an HIV outbreak in a Cambodian commune, villagers feel forgotten

"When the outbreak of this disease happened, there was an increase in both national and international aid for them. But later on, it seems quiet."

13 September 2019

Siberians appeal to world leaders via YouTube to save them from coal smoke

RuNet Echo

"This winter, the whole world saw our black snow. We were gasping for air because of coal dust. Why do we have to live in such intolerable conditions?"

12 September 2019

Cameroonians with HIV face ‘a death sentence’ as Global Fund threatens to pull antiretroviral drugs

HIV-positive Cameroonians fear a shortage of free ARV drugs as the Global Fund threatens to pull supplies due to Cameroon's growing $47 million dollar debt.

7 September 2019

Community-based approaches to bridging the mental health care gap in India

As mental health awareness grows and the need for addressing the existing gap becomes more imminent, many more community-based initiatives are required to relieve the mental health crisis in India.

27 August 2019

In Nigeria, disability activists say social stigma is greatest obstacle to human rights

“Many people see disability as a charity issue rather than a human rights issue, says Ekaete Umoh, a disability rights activist in Nigeria.

20 August 2019

In São Paulo’s outskirts, mothers’ face challenges to access ‘humanized childbirth’

Obstetric violence, absence of birth centres, professionals without training in humanised delivery: how can women have a safe and humanised birth in the outskirts of Brazil's biggest city?

13 August 2019

Malaria has affected over 5 million people in Burundi so far this year

In Burundi, so far this year, malaria has affected 5,738,661 million people — that's about half its population. Yet, the government hesitates to declare an epidemic.

7 August 2019

China’s hunger for minerals stirs resistance in rural Thailand

Chinese efforts to obtain a cheap source of a crop-boosting mineral are raising fears of an environmental crisis among farming communities in Thailand.

2 August 2019

Cannabis advocates petition Trinidad & Tobago parliament to enact existing medical marijuana legislation

Trinidad and Tobago's Ministry of Health has never exercised its power to issue cannabis licences "for medicinal or scientific purposes”; supporters of marijuana legalisation think it's long overdue.

25 July 2019

Bangladeshis use social media to tackle a dengue outbreak

With the lack of initiative and awareness campaign from the government, people are resorting to social media to educate and spread awareness about Dengue fever

16 July 2019

‘No VAT on Pad’ protests prompt Bangladesh government to remove proposed tax

Amidst protests, the Bangladesh government decided to scrap the proposed increase of VAT and supplementary duty on the manufacturing materials for locally made sanitary pads.

5 July 2019

Spanish town challenges its residents to lose 100,000 kg in two years

The small Galician town of Narón launched the campaign in January 2018. By February 2019, the population had lost a total 46,000 kilos.

4 July 2019

This Jamaican woman is fighting ‘period poverty’ and daunting attitudes about reproductive health

"This ‘hush hush’ attitude to female reproductive health is dangerous. If we are able to talk openly, there are a lot of benefits. The silence stops you from getting help."

29 June 2019

Tanzania reinstates controversial sanitary pad tax

Bringing back the tax on sanitary pads in Tanzania has triggered a major debate on the impact it will have on girls and women.

13 June 2019

DRC Ebola outbreak spreads to neighboring Uganda, activating rapid preparedness response

Uganda has prepared for this moment: Three confirmed cases activate a strong Ebola response system of detection and prevention. Is this a "public health emergency of international concern"?

10 June 2019

Argentina resumes the fight for legal abortion with new draft bill

In 2018, Argentina's Senate rejected a bill that would legalize abortion in the South American country. Will it be different this time?

19 April 2019

How alternative health magazines advance Russia's soft power in the Balkans

Mundane health advice such as doing exercise and eating vegetables becomes "Russian advice" in magazines such as Russian Doctor, Russian Herbalist, Russian Encyclopedia of Health.

Sex abuse and harassment cases prompt protests at Turkey's university campuses

"He forced himself on me...He hit my head three or four times on the floor. I passed out. When I opened my eyes, it was 1.30 AM."