The Nakivale Refugee Settlement is home to more than 94,000 refugees, many of whom experienced trauma before they escaped from conflicts in nearby countries. The camp’s only entrepreneur network, Opportunigee, is now behind new programs using art therapy to help transform the lives of refugees, especially children.
For those abducted during the war in northern Uganda, everyday life can be fraught with fear and traumatic flashbacks to captivity in the Lord’s Resistance Army. Now, a nonprofit in the area is finding that the best person to help them heal is sometimes not a person at all.
Women in Zambia have the world’s fourth-highest rate of cervical cancer. After Robert Zulu’s wife died of cervical cancer in 2015, he founded a nonprofit and took a novel approach to raise awareness and get women into cancer screenings: producing plays and movies about the disease.
Some children in Uganda’s capital say they can’t afford to buy meals, but bottles of aviation fuel are affordable. They inhale the fuel’s fumes and even drink the fuel to get a high that they say masks their hunger.
Wherever you turn in the city of Kisangani, you’ll find makeshift eateries where hunger is economically satisfied – and diseases like typhoid fever may lie in wait. One health official states that none of these establishments in Kisangani meets hygiene standards, and many operate without officials’ knowledge.
In Lubero, DRC, rampant violence and economic hardship have made health care even more essential, but an average annual income of less than $400 puts health insurance out of reach for most. Now, a mutual aid fund hopes to change that by harnessing the country’s communal spirit.
Tobacco is one of DRC’s most valuable agricultural exports, and traditional healers there often tell patients to sniff tobacco as a remedy for common health problems. But sniffing tobacco carries many of the same deadly health risks as smoking tobacco, and addiction to snuff is on the rise.