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DRC Survived Ebola. Does That Make It Ready for Coronavirus?

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AccessCoronavirusDevelopmentDiseaseHealth

Just as officials prepared to declare the country Ebola-free, COVID-19 hit. Authorities are taking strict measures. But many residents, having survived one devastating epidemic without isolation, are skeptical they need to disrupt their lives for another.

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When Sexual Rights Are Neglected, HIV Infection in Zambia Prisons Goes up

Region: Zambia

Topics: AutonomyDiseaseHealthHuman RightsLegal RightsSexuality & Gender

Advocates for prisoners’ rights say condoms and conjugal visits would help. But authorities say any kind of holistic solution is beyond the system’s reach — for many reasons.

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Fervent Religious Beliefs Steer HIV-Positive Away From Prescribed Treatments

Region: Uganda

Topics: AutonomyChild RightsDiseaseHealth

In Uganda, medical experts connect a sharp increase in the number of new HIV cases in children to a choice to trust religious leaders and herbalists instead of antiretroviral medications.

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As Coronavirus Spreads, Small-Batch Sanitizers Flood Zimbabwe Markets

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AccessCoronavirusDiseaseHealthInnovation

Facing an ongoing economic crisis and reduced manufacturing capacity, shops in Zimbabwe have run out of imported hand sanitizer. As Zimbabweans make small batches of hand sanitizer to fill the void, some experts are skeptical that they work – but one pharmacist is confident that his formula is supported by science.

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Cervical Cancer Claims Lives as Hospital Backlog Grows

Region: Zambia

Topics: AccessDevelopmentDiseaseHealth

In Zambia, which has the second-highest incidence of cervical cancer in the world, it’s free and convenient to get screened for the disease. Getting treatment, however, is another story.

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HIV-Positive Zambians Combat Domestic Abuse Tied to Diagnosis

Region: Zambia

Topics: AutonomyDiseaseHealthWomen's Rights

Women in Zambia risk violence and limitations to healthcare when telling their partners they’re HIV positive. A group of couples with the disease aims to make that practice stop.

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‘Let Us Bury Our Dead’: Why People in DRC Resist Ebola Response Efforts

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: DiseaseHealth

Despite success in treating Ebola, response teams sent to Democratic Republic of Congo are met with mistrust from local people. The fierce resistance to their methods has sometimes been violent – but why is it happening in the first place?

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Fake and Missing Drugs ‘Frustrate Government’s Effort’ To Combat Malaria in Uganda

Region: Uganda

Topics: AccessDiseaseHealth

Theft of anti-malarial drugs is a huge problem in Uganda, causing a shortage of medication that is sorely needed to treat the disease. Counterfeit drugs often fill the void, despite government efforts to address the problem.

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Despite Outbreak, Uganda’s Latest Cholera Containment Effort Is Unpopular, Unenforced

Region: Uganda

Topics: DiseaseHealth

Ugandan officials have banned the sale of homemade food and drinks in an effort to contain a recent cholera outbreak. The ban hasn’t stopped street vendors – will it stop the disease?

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