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Stories about Health

7 January 2020

‘Where it hurts': A Brazilian online campaign raises awareness about abuse by health professionals

A popular hashtag on the Brazilian internet gathers stories of sexual orientation discrimination, body shaming, and sexual and physical assault in the consultation room.

31 December 2019

Trinidad and Tobago continues to face HIV stigma and lack of sex education

Drugs that can prevent HIV are available, but Trinidad and Tobago's Ministry of Health won't make it available because he thinks it will promote promiscuity.

30 December 2019

Global Voices quinceañera: The Caribbean steps out of the box

Pride parades. Cannabis legislation. £20 million in reparations. These were some of the victories in the Caribbean for 2019. Part 3 of 5.

Bangladesh's first Human Milk Bank faces challenges before inauguration

With the aim of saving their lives, the Human Milk Bank will help newborns in critical care get much-needed mother's milk.

25 December 2019

Anti-vax groups in the Balkans find support with the Russian Orthodox Church

The Russian Orthodox Church defends the right of parents to choose not to vaccinate their children.

12 December 2019

Battle-scarred: The lasting impact of the PolyU campus siege on Hong Kong’s protesters

"As the siege dragged on, reports emerged of the deteriorating mental conditions of the PolyU holdouts – which included erratic behaviour, paranoia, and even self-harm."

24 November 2019

A favourite Nepali hard cheese finds favour with canines

Chhurpi, the traditional hard cheese made from yaks' and cows' milk from the Himalayan region, is now a popular treat for dogs in the United States and Europe.

7 November 2019

Bangladeshi migrant domestic workers are returning from Saudi Arabia with shocking tales of abuse

900 female domestic workers have returned from Saudi Arabia in 2019 accusing their employers of physical and sexual abuse -- more than 100 have died.

5 November 2019

Amidst denial, Pakistan's smog issues pose serious health risks to the city of Lahore

Many Pakistanis are wondering when the Pakistan government will realize the magnitude of the degradation of air quality in Pakistani megacities and take steps for a solution.

29 October 2019

Tanzania tech startup fights fake drugs through new online platform

Hawa Dagaa, a pharmacist in Dar es Salaam, believes that the new online system will help her track the pharmaceutical products, reducing her chances of purchasing fake drugs.

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.

28 August 2019

Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum: The Congolese scientist behind the cure for Ebola

This African scientist discovered the cure for Ebola. Will his name be as widely shared as news about the disease itself?

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.