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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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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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Uganda’s Delayed Sexuality Education Program Divides Parents

Region: Uganda

Topics: DevelopmentEducationHealthPolicyReproductive Rights

Parents and religious groups have criticized the government’s plan to teach sexuality education to children as young as 3. Meanwhile, police report a rise in cases of sexual abuse of children, and some civil society groups say the delay in educating them is partly to blame.

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Uganda Denounces Homosexuality, But Experts Say It’s Not New in Africa

Region: Uganda

Topics: HealthHuman Rights

Homosexuality, which is illegal in Uganda, is commonly believed to be a vestige of colonialism. As the country’s LGBT community struggles for acceptance, some experts are noting that there’s evidence that homosexuality was present in Africa long before foreigners came.

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DRC Survived Ebola. Does That Make It Ready for Coronavirus?

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AccessCoronavirusDevelopmentDiseaseHealth

Just as officials prepared to declare the country Ebola-free, COVID-19 hit. Authorities are taking strict measures. But many residents, having survived one devastating epidemic without isolation, are skeptical they need to disrupt their lives for another.

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Traditional Spiritualists Seek Aid and Recognition to Spur Economic Recovery

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: CultureHealth

Traditional spiritualists say Zimbabwe’s current problems are due to the government’s failure to recognize their work and to honor ancestral spirits who helped the country win liberation. They are seeking government funding, saying it would help rectify this oversight and lead to economic recovery.

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Cost, Scarcity Push Essential Sunscreen out of Reach for Zambians With Albinism

Region: Zambia

Topics: Health

In Zambia, sunscreen is an expensive import because it’s deemed a luxury cosmetic, but for the 25,000 Zambians living with albinism, it’s an essential cancer-prevention measure. But in many cases, by the time they learn about sunscreen’s benefits, it’s already too late.

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On Mexico’s Coast, Communities Unite to Keep Out Coronavirus

Region: Mexico

Topics: CoronavirusHealthInnovation

In Oaxaca state, residents are hosting town assemblies to take coronavirus prevention into their own hands. They’ve voted to extend measures beyond the country’s restrictions. Now, some communities have erected barriers and are standing guard at community access points.

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After Surviving Cyclone Idai, Displaced Zimbabweans Fend Off Coronavirus

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: CoronavirusHealthHuman RightsMigration

After Cyclone Idai devastated Zimbabwe last year, hundreds took refuge in temporary camps. Now, as the government continues to delay resettlement, another catastrophe looms.

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Money-Making Scrap or Armed Bomb? Abandoned Explosives Pose Deadly Risks in Uganda

Region: Uganda

Topics: ConflictHealthHuman RightsPower

Construction is booming and demand for steel is on the rise. But scrap metal vendors eager for profits are unwittingly digging up explosives from old conflicts, risking arrest, injury — or worse.

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