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· October, 2021

Stories about Health from October, 2021

We need ‘painless’ glucose monitors, says Mia Chichkarikj, a 16-year-old diabetes patient from North Macedonia

“This should be a plea to the authorities at the Ministry of Health, to take our needs for 'painless' glucose monitors seriously and to provide them as soon as possible.”

Community care during the pandemic in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines

From community pantries in the Philippines to the White Flag movement in Malaysia, this pandemic has spurred communities to mobilize and provide aid during this public health emergency.

Young Azerbaijani activist goes public about grave crime committed against her whose perpetrator remains unpunished

Despite medical records indicating the proof of the crime, the perpetrator remains free, according to the personal account posted by activist Sanay Yaghmur on Facebook.

No hatred nor pity: Just let me live in my own body

"Those who criticise different bodies have no idea what [trans people] had to go through to have the body that we live in."

Fake vaccine passport scandal revealed in Armenia

Authorities estimate that over 700 people bought the fake vaccine certificates from healthcare workers in Gyumri — Armenia’s second-largest city.

COVID-19, vaccination and the progress of the global healthcare system

“ … obesity might soon be recognised as a vitally strategic global element in explaining varying COVID-19 levels between rich and poor.”

Could Miami show Trinidad and Tobago how to safely pull off Carnival in a pandemic?

"There were free testing stations, temperature checks. They followed strict protocols [...] My friends who participated are all fully vaccinated. Hoping that it wasn’t a super spreader."

Ukraine’s trans-border transplant quandary

Going abroad for organ transplants is common in Ukraine, but the logistics are tricky. But a new law and enthusiastic regional doctors could make a national transplant system a reality.

Jamaica forced to dump 55,000 doses as COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy persists

"Before [social media] those who were uninformed knew they were uninformed ... now [the] same uninformed listen to two fake news video clips [and] pronounce themselves experts."

Kenyan government’s use of surveillance technologies to tackle COVID-19 raises human rights concerns

Kenya's 2019 data protection legislation was supposed to offer a framework for the government to acquire citizens' data in a transparent and rights-respecting manner, but some say it lacks independent...

Chinese citizen journalist held incommunicado after COVID reporting reappears

Chinese citizen journalist Chen Qiushi has returned. But other citizen journalists covering the COVID-19 outbreak in China are still missing. Among them Zhang Zhan has been sentenced to four years...

About our Health coverage

Juhie Bhatia is the Global Health editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.


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