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.
The country’s cultural tradition dictates that families bury the deceased at their rural homes, where they can watch over living relatives. But increasing daily expenses have forced many families to bury loved ones in cities – and space is running out.
When colonialist Cecil Rhodes died, he requested burial in Zimbabwe’s sacred Matobo Hills – which many saw as a way to exert power, even after death. Now his gravesite is an international tourist destination, and Zimbabweans weigh whether the controversial politician deserves to stay.
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.
Forced marriages and unintended pregnancies remain a norm for many Ugandan young women. One effort to combat the problems draws on the experience of women who have been down that path, who serve as mentors to girls and young women.
In DRC’s North Kivu province, forced marriages are often the unhappy result of unplanned pregnancies – even though the practice is illegal. But if you consider forcing your daughter to marry these days, you’ll likely receive a visit from the staff of a women’s organization to talk you out of it.