Zimbabwe’s Chikurubi Maximum Prison is one of the few facilities in the country that provides mental health care. The prison’s mental health section is overcapacity with some 300 prisoners, some of whom weren’t accused of a crime at all.
Uganda’s health budget isn’t providing enough for palliative care, resulting in a shortage of much-needed pain relievers and other services. Local organizations are stepping in, but health workers say that without the funding, they are only able to serve a fraction of the thousands of patients in need.
In many parts of India, women still struggle against the taboo of their periods and often don’t have the hygiene products they need. Now, female entrepreneurs are taking matters into their own hands and producing the products themselves.
It’s been nearly a month since the Indian government revoked Jammu and Kashmir state’s semi-autonomous status and instituted a media blackout there. Officials say the measure is necessary, but Kashmiris say that the lockdown has serious consequences – including a critical shortage of medical supplies.
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.
A new policy has made accessing dialysis at government hospitals more affordable for some. But as the number of patients grows, the strain on hospital resources may threaten everyone’s access to treatment.
Haiti’s Cité Soleil area, a densely-populated neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, is known for violence. A group of mental health professionals now work with children in their schools to help them manage the stress they experience living there.