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Stories about Health

Ken Behrens-Canberrans caption error creates Australia's accidental COVID-19 hero

"In response to Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s kind words, I’d like to say 'You’re welcome' ;p. Though please don’t tell him that I’m not actually at home right now!"

After weeks of hesitancy and soaring COVID numbers, Jamaicans crowd vaccination centres

With the presence of the Delta variant confirmed, soaring rates of new COVID-19 infections, and the availability of the Pfizer vaccine, Jamaicans finally seem ready to get over vaccine hesitancy.

Masks save lives, but they’re also becoming a gargantuan waste problem

The pandemic has led to an exponential rise in the amount of plastic waste and in Nepal, much of it is not properly segregated or disposed of.

LIVE on August 25 (in Spanish): How COVID-19 fueled the protests in Cuba, Guatemala and Colombia

From Cuba to Colombia to Guatemala—countries with very different political contexts—people have taken to streets in recent times to demand change. What do these countries have in common?

Déjà vu as bauxite company pollutes an iconic Jamaican river, yet again

"The repeated nature of these offences suggests a lack of respect for Jamaica’s environmental laws and regulations and the human rights of those who have been negatively affected."

Bhutan's COVID-19 vaccination success a “beacon of hope” for South Asia

Bhutan has even been able to help other countries, sending 230,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Nepal.

China’s wavering COVID-19 vaccine diplomacy in Turkey

Turkey procured vaccines from China in December 2020, but delivery delays and negative perceptions of China-made vaccines are now making other sources more attractive. 

China state media erases references to fictitious Swiss biologist

Major Chinese state media outlets quoted a fake Swiss biologist to spread misinformation that the US had turned the WHO into a political tool.

Arab content creators use social media to talk about sex, sexuality and reproductive health

'If we continue to avoid these conversations and to treat sexual education like a taboo, we are, in fact, only harming those that we are trying to protect.'

Prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines injured in protests over move to make vaccines ‘mandatory’

Protesters said the proposed amendments would infringe on people's rights, and accused the government of failing to engage in dialogue around the issue.

Style and comfort in one: Adaptive clothing for people with disabilities

"Kekalove Adaptive Fashion," is a social business founded in 2019 by a group of young people designing clothes specifically for people with disabilities.

Chronicles of a transgender woman’s visit to the doctor

“Many doctors see her from the point of view that she ’should be’ a man, who for them is so weak that he resorts to wearing feminine garments.”

In Azerbaijan women's rights activists protest outside the Ministry of the Interior

A coffin covered with the names of domestic abuse victims was placed at the entrance of the Ministry of the Interior in Baku on July 30.

In North Macedonia, some young people manage to build successful businesses during the Covid-19 crisis

Three young entrepreneurs from Bitola, a city in the south of North Macedonia, provide examples of youth who have dealt with the COVID-19 crisis in a creative and positive manner.

Violence against women is on the rise in Mexico. How do Mexicans perceive it?

We conducted a national public opinion web survey to better understand Mexicans' response to the increasing number of femicides.

Indonesia faces criticism for lack of financial support amid lockdowns

Many citizens are criticizing the government for their seemingly inadequate response to the pandemic and lack of socio-economic support amid tightened COVID-19 restrictions.

Angola's government launches a campaign to end the use of anabolic body modification

The Government of Angola launched a campaign to combat a harmful experimental practice called "jarda," a procedure that aims to alter parts of the body through chemical injections.

In Colombia, ‘yatules’ are the Misak people's pantry and pharmacy

"The yatul is made up of associated crops such as potato, corn, beans, and onion, among other medicinal plants, whose nutrients complement each other and keep the land healthy."

Digital education lags behind as Kyrgyzstan’s schools lack access

As the government attempts to provide education online or on TV, both children and teachers suffer from a lack of access to internet and devices.

Africa’s loss, their gain: How the US and UK benefit from medical brain drain

Low pay, paucity of job opportunities, poor infrastructure, and a bleak future for their children are some of the factors responsible for the mass emigration of African health workers.

About our Health coverage

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


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