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Stories about Health

Sudan faces second COVID-19 wave amid drug shortages and doctors’ strike

Amid a second wave of the coronavirus in Sudan, a pharmaceutical shortage and doctors' strike demanding better working conditions is compounding the crisis.

Nepal's Sapana Roka Magar, who provides Hindu funeral rites for unclaimed bodies, listed in BBC's 100 Women of 2020

With COVID-19 disproportionally affecting homeless people in Nepalese cities, Sapana's work became vital to this vulnerable population, who are so often deprived of dignified funerals.

Tanzania launches mobile app to help victims report gender-based violence

The Taarifa (Information) mobile app will allow GBV victims to report their cases and access critical information. During the pandemic, reports of GBV decreased by 30% in Tanzania.

World AIDS Day 2020: How has the Caribbean dealt with HIV during COVID-19?

Threatened livelihoods, disruption in supply chains, and changes in health care delivery are all challenges which people living with HIV/AIDS in the region have had to grapple with under COVID-19.

Exemplary governance: Which countries should high-COVID nations follow?

"What seems clear is that global exemplars do not have to look the same in terms of political structures, incomes, or economic ideology."

Chronic kidney disease affects 1 out of 10 Salvadorans, including children

Yet, more and more people throughout the world, and in this case, El Salvador, get CKD due to exposure to agrochemicals and dehydration.

In the Balkans, COVID-19 measures may not apply to religious leaders

A bishop's funeral in Montenegro last week drew thousands of maskless mourners.

One young man's protest against Nepal's COVID-19 response

Nepalese activist Iih founded a social movement, went on hunger strikes, and walked 167 km to draw attention to Nepal's poor pandemic response -- as well as help those impacted...

As war in Nagorno-Karabakh rages, so does a pandemic

COVID-19 looms on an unrecognised state at war, nearly severed from its only ally, as winter approaches.

Dancehall star Buju Banton’s rejection of mask-wearing stymies Jamaican government’s efforts to stem ‘COVID-19 fatigue’

"Please do not listen to Buju Banton [...] in this case, he is 110% wrong. Wear your mask, wash your hands and socially distance."

Russia's indigenous peoples are in the crosshairs of COVID-19

A raft of social and environmental issues makes indigenous peoples of Russia's Far North uniquely vulnerable to COVID-19 — many of these, say activists, are linked to resource extraction.

The Caribbean's case for reparations: Part III

Reparatory justice can play an important role in dealing with challenges like disease, climate change and COVID-19, all of which pose existential threats to the region.

Understanding pandemic fatigue

As we continue to struggle to maintain safety measures, it is important for us to shift from a culture of blaming to one that supports and leads with kindness.

A Kashmiri medical student paints on leaves to beat COVID-19 stress

Tabish Aijaz, a young medical student from Anantnag district in Kashmir, is using her natural ability to paint to beat the stress caused by exams and the COVID 19 pandemic.

In rural Malawi, inadequate health care facilities is a matter of life or death

Malawi's new government under the Tonse Alliance was elected on a range of promises, including the delivery of essential health care in the country.

Hunger-striking surgeon struggles to reform Nepal's inadequate health care system

Activist and former senior surgeon Dr. Govinda KC has begun his 19th hunger strike in protest over Nepal's poor public health care and medical education systems.

Chinese state-run TV distorts WHO scientist's remarks in viral video

The word "if" of Dr. Swaminathan's speech was removed from the video, and an originally subjunctive clause appeared to be indicative.

COVID-19 causes Trinidad and Tobago to cancel its Carnival for 2021

"Everyone else has already gone ahead and cancelled theirs. I do not [...] see how [anyone] could possibly think to put the country under further threat from Covid-19."

Masculinity in my genes/jeans

Manoeuvring the complexities of being a boy or man in Caribbean societies assumes "there was a DNA of maleness already living in us, sometimes waiting to be activated."

How the world's six largest economies are faring amidst the global political economy of COVID-19

"The political economy of any one nation, however, is interlinked with the global economy, and because of this the scale of activities in the largest economies really does matter."

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