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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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When Morgues Are Too Expensive, Mosquito Nets Do the Job

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: HealthHuman Rights

People in DRC wrap dead bodies in treated mosquito nets to preserve them before burial. The aid organizations that donated the nets intended that they be used to prevent malaria.

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Traditional Healers Don’t Want Their Herbs Regulated, Citing Risk to Intellectual Property

Region: Uganda

Topics: HealthLegal Rights

In Uganda, a bill proposed by the government aims to regulate herbs used in traditional medicine. Some say the bill will help curb fraud, but traditional healers are more concerned about protecting their knowledge.

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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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Illegal Pharmacies Provide a Convenient Option – But Not Necessarily a Safe One

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AccessHealth

Kisangani, a major city in Democratic Republic of Congo, is teeming with illegal pharmacies. They make getting medicine easy – but whether those medicines are safe for patients is another matter.

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New Treatment Prevents Sex Workers Getting HIV, But Leaves Them at Risk of STIs

Region: Zambia

Topics: Health

In 2017, the Zambian government introduced a new treatment to curb the spread of HIV and wipe out AIDS entirely by 2030. The treatment is effective – but many are using it as a catch-all solution, making them vulnerable to other sexually transmitted infections.

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Handmade Soap Keeps Malaria-Carrying Mosquitos Away in Uganda

Region: Uganda

Topics: Health

In Uganda, where malaria is an enduring problem, a young woman came up with a formula for soap that repels mosquitos.

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In DRC, Parents Make Homemade Incubators for Infants. But Do They Work?

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Health

Pre-term births are a big problem in Kisangani, a city in Democratic Republic of Congo. There’s a shortage of incubators and those that are available are too expensive for many parents, who instead take the preemies home and create incubation rooms there.

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HIV Stigma Makes Zambian Mothers Think Twice About Exclusive Breastfeeding

Region: Zambia

Topics: HealthWomen's Rights

In Zambia, women who are HIV-positive are encouraged to exclusively breastfeed their babies, but those mothers say extended breastfeeding is a telltale sign that they have the virus.

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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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