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Stories about Health

10 June 2020

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza unexpectedly dies, but the political party continues

COVID-19

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza unexpectedly died, but the CNDD-FDD political party — in power since 2005 — continues.

Information warfare: COVID-19’s other battleground in the Middle East

COVID-19

As leaders vie to frame narratives and control public opinion on COVID-19, social media is a battlefield where influencers, trolls, bots, and commenter armies fight for influence and power.

These officials flouted lockdown rules in Myanmar, Malaysia, and the Philippines

COVID-19

From "pagoda renovations" to "mananitas", the region's politicians are finding a language to bypass harsh lockdowns.

Censorship tactics overshadow Vietnam's successful COVID-19 response

AdvoxCOVID-19

Dinh Thi Thu Thuy faces from five to 12 years in jail if she is convicted for disseminating critical Facebook posts.

8 June 2020

The rise of artemisia in Cameroon in the fight against COVID-19

COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases continue to soar in Cameroon, many who believe in local herbs have turned to the potent artemisia plant as the government reopens the economy in the country. 

COVID-19 super-spreaders and Indonesia's ‘New Normal’

COVID-19

One religious event held in March is suspected of causing virus outbreaks in 22 provinces, health authorities said.

Azerbaijan declares strict weekend lockdown after surge in COVID-19 cases

COVID-19

There may be further weekend lockdowns to come, depending on how the country's COVID-19 curve develops in coming days.

5 June 2020

For black and indigenous people in Central America, Black Lives Matter

"It's a racist, predatory and murderous system that they have been selling all over the planet as the best place on earth to live."

Despite COVID-19 restrictions, Spain’s extreme right supporters protested in Madrid

COVID-19

"Fascism is also a virus"

In Nicaragua, people apparently die of ‘pneumonia’, not COVID-19

The BridgeCOVID-19

The current Nicaraguan administration has neglected the healthcare system and been letting people die since 2018. 

4 June 2020

Who fact checks online disinformation in West Africa’s Bambara language?

Rising Voices

Kpénahi Traoré, a language activist and journalist, battles the online dissemination of false information in Bambara, one of West Africa’s most widely spoken minority languages.

3 June 2020

Restarting Caribbean economies under threat of COVID-19

COVID-19

As a major source of foreign exchange and employment for most of the region, safely opening up borders to overseas visitors has become ever more pressing.

Is the Caribbean winning the fight against COVID-19?

COVID-19

Could the region be past the worst — or simply enjoying a quieter period before the much-feared second wave?

How COVID-19 is intensifying content moderation’s flaws

AdvoxCOVID-19

Internet platforms have always struggled with free expression, misinformation, and hate speech. But the COVID crisis has elevated those problems to a new level

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: Collateral damage

COVID-19

I did not plan to write this diary for 77 days. Writing is a kind of conversation – with myself, and with others.

1 June 2020

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: A day of arranged mourning

COVID-19

"Today is a sunny. I always look forward to a sunny day when it is cloudy. But the sunlight today feels so ironic."

As COVID-19 accelerates digital transformation, is the internet safe for women in the Middle East?

Women activists and journalists experience are particularly targeted online in attempts to intimidate, sow disinformation and discredit their work. 

29 May 2020

Quarantine debates in Zanzibar conjure memories of colonial racial segregation

COVID-19

In light of Zanzibar’s complex history of racial segregation in the name of public health, social distancing and quarantine measures have been controversial in the fight against COVID-19.

‘Indonesia, whatever’: Frontline staff express frustration over COVID-19 response

COVID-19

"We risked our lives, but are paid less than is adequate. Hundreds of nurses faced pay cuts and their 13th-month salary was withheld."

28 May 2020

COVID-19 tune educates, empowers Indonesia’s remote Marapu community

Rising VoicesCOVID-19

"Let’s just stay at home. Let’s wash our hands diligently to protect our health and lives."

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