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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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Rising Costs and Dwindling Land Leave Zimbabweans Without Traditional Burials

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AutonomyEconomyHuman RightsInfrastructure

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.

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As Tourists Descend on Cecil Rhodes’ Grave, Zimbabweans Debate Whether It’s Time to Uproot Him

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AutonomyCulture

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.

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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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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 Western antiretroviral medications.

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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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The Power to Say ‘No’: Mentors Help Young Ugandan Women Fight Early Marriage, Pregnancy

Region: Uganda

Topics: AutonomyHealthHuman RightsLegal RightsWomen's Rights

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.

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Expelled and Stigmatized, Uganda’s Pregnant Teens Turn to Abortion

Region: Uganda

Topics: AutonomyHealthReproductive RightsWomen's Rights

Pregnant teens in Uganda get kicked out of school, face intense stigma and may suffer life-threatening complications. Can a national sex education curriculum help put an end to teen pregnancy?

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Meet the Women Fighting Forced Marriages in DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AutonomyEducationHuman RightsWomen's Rights

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.

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