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With Health Sector in Shambles, Zimbabwe’s Hospitals Turn Away Pregnant Women

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AccessAutonomyCoronavirusEconomyHealthReproductive Rights

The country's health care system was already in chaos – then doctors went on strike. Soon after they returned to work, the coronavirus outbreak started. Expectant mothers face a gnawing uncertainty about where they can safely deliver.

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Coronavirus Looms Over Zimbabwe’s Fragile Health Care System

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AccessCoronavirusDevelopmentEconomyHealth

The country faces unique challenges as COVID-19 spreads around the world. A decades-long economic crisis has led to drastic health equipment shortages, the exodus of talented doctors and nurses, and an overburdened system that charges patients more than they can afford. If the virus spreads through Zimbabwe, it could breed disaster.

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As Students Battle Vitamin Deficiencies, Mongolia Allocates More Money for Meals

Region: Mongolia

Topics: AccessChild RightsCoronavirusDevelopmentEducationHealth

Mongolia has closed state-run schools temporarily in hopes of preventing an outbreak of the coronavirus. But Mongolian students have faced another health crisis for much longer – insufficient nutrition in school meals. Will a long-overdue increase in the country’s school nutrition budget do anything to help?

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Infrastructure Challenges Impede Nepal’s Goal to Improve Health Care

Region: Nepal

Topics: AccessAutonomyDevelopmentHealthInfrastructureWomen's Rights

Women in rural areas can face 20-hour journeys on foot to give birth in a hospital. Nepal has ambitious plans to fight maternal mortality and bring facilities to underserved areas – but the reality looks much tougher.

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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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Why are Patients Rejecting Nepal’s Free Healthcare?

Region: Nepal

Topics: AccessHealthPoliticsPower

Millions of people have signed up for Nepal’s national health insurance, which offers free service at approved healthcare facilities for an annual premium. But more than 20% are opting not to renew.

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Women in India Are Creating the Menstrual Products They Need

Region: India

Topics: AccessEntrepreneurshipHealthInnovationReproductive Rights

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.

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In DRC, Unlicensed Nurses Make House Calls For Cheap

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AccessHealth

Hospital care in DRC is often too expensive. Instead, people call nurses to their homes – but not all of those nurses are qualified.

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In One Zimbabwean Prison, Justice is Out of Reach for Prisoners in the Mental Health Section

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AccessHealthHuman RightsLegal Rights

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.

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As Need Rises, Palliative Care Services Remain Insufficient in Uganda

Region: Uganda

Topics: AccessHealthHuman RightsPolitics

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.

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