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Stories about Health

7 February 2016

Will Egyptian Doctors Vote in Favor of a Nationwide Strike Next Friday?

Egyptian doctors are threatening a nationwide strike if an investigation is not launched after colleagues in a teaching hospital were assaulted by policemen. Netizens back doctors in their demands.

Broken Is the Road of Political Promises in Trinidad & Tobago

An opening ceremony for a children's hospital that was never actually opened to the public. Public funds used despite a government-to-government arrangement. A collapsed access road. What next?

4 February 2016

The Movement for Affordable and Accessible Sanitary Napkins in South Asia

In Bangladesh, India and Nepal, efforts are underway to provide women with a sanitary napkin they can afford in order to improve health and remove social stigmas attached to menstruation.

2 February 2016

No Smoking Please, We're Turkmen

"Bans, bans, and bans. People cannot do anything on their own these days."

The Zika Virus Threat Looms Large in the Caribbean

The World Health Organisation has just declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency. Some Caribbean territories have been preparing for it, while others have been slow to mobilise.

30 January 2016

What Kenya’s Biggest Slum Can Teach Us About Saving Cities From Floods

An innovative design firm is using data and community outreach to protect Nairobi's poorest residents from devastating storms.

21 January 2016

An AIDS Epidemic Is Decimating the Indigenous Warao Community in Venezuela

The figures are clear evidence that what is happening in Venezuela’s Orinoco Delta is an epidemic—an epidemic that is threatening the survival of an entire indigenous people.

20 January 2016

The Caribbean Prepares Itself for ‘Zik-V’ Virus Threat

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is advising people to protect themselves and even plans to launch a mobile game called Zap-a-‘quito to educate the public.

5 January 2016

Inspired by Ancient Traditions, Women in Latin America Embrace Natural Gynecology

Women are incorporating ancient teachings of self-care into their modern-day lives. The idea isn't to abandon medical professionals, but rather be aware of all the options available.

Venezuela's Constitutionally Protected Healthcare Not Reaching Indigenous Warao Community

In spite of having organizations devoted to their wellbeing, indigenous communities in Venezuela are faced with several very serious disadvantages.

29 December 2015

Activists Seek to Dispel Abortion Stigma Fueled by the Macedonian Government's Policies

"Because it's about me, the decision whether to abort or not must remain my and only my right."

26 December 2015

‘Nobody Knows Their Story': A Bhutanese-American Psychologist Gives Her Refugee People a Voice

Luna Acharya Mulder has a rare window on the refugee psyche. Growing up, she went back and forth between two vastly different worlds--New York and refugee camps in Nepal.

23 December 2015

25 Years After Officially Closing, Kyrgyzstan's Biggest Dump Is Still Rancid and Expanding

Is the toxic, anarchic landfill that has troubled Bishkek for over two decades about to be brought to heel?

20 December 2015

In Kenya, So Much Depends on the Orange Flesh Sweet Potato

Women in Kenya often don't go for prenatal visits, but now there's one way to get them to the clinic: sweet potatoes they grow for their families and to sell.

14 December 2015

Chhaupadi, the Dwindling Nepalese Tradition That Turns Women Into Outcasts During Their Periods

Even though it's banned, the practice still exists in remote hill villages. Women are forced to sleep outside in huts, exposed to the elements, without warm clothes or blankets.

12 December 2015

How Culturally Sensitive Mental Healthcare Helped One Somali-American Teenager Stay Resilient

She survived hunger and homelessness. Then she had to figure out her identity.

2 December 2015

Beijing's ‘Airpocalypse’ Hits Record Levels as Toxic Smog Chokes City

"Major skyscrapers and landmarks disappear overnight. I cannot for the life of me see what color the traffic lights at the opposite end of the road are."

27 November 2015

The Big Laughs of Mexico's ISIS Threat

Far from showing fear, Mexicans have flooded the Internet with sarcastic jokes and dark comedy about the apparent threat from ISIS.

Gambia's President Bans Female Genital Mutilation, but There's Still Much Work to Be Done

"Lost in all the celebrations...is the fact that FGM is not banned in The Gambia, at least not yet. There is no enforceable law on the books"

24 November 2015

As Toxic Mud Ravages Brazil's ‘Sweet River’, People's Trust in Government Sours

"I feel an enormous sadness, a profound anger and unspeakable shame to live in a such negligent and irresponsible country."

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