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Uganda’s Comfort Dog Project Heals Trauma Through Therapy, Canine Companionship

Region: Uganda

Topics: Health

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.

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For Ugandans Who Can’t Find Care at Home, India Is a Destination for Medical Tourism

Region: Uganda

Topics: AccessHealth

Some medical devices that help doctors treat cancer aren’t available in Uganda, so people who need treatment look for ways to travel to India. The Ugandan government has proposed legislation to help patients with cancer and other diseases pay for the long journey and the treatments, and small fundraising events like car washes have become more common.

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New Kampala Urology Hospital Aims to Keep Patients in Uganda

Region: Uganda

Topics: AccessHealth

Many Ugandans travel abroad for medical treatment, because doctors in the country often don’t have the necessary experience or equipment. But a Ugandan urologist opened a hospital last year in a Kampala suburb with a lofty goal: to offer excellent medical services to Ugandans – in Uganda.

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Long Thought of as Food for the Poor, Healthful Okra Enjoys New Popularity in DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Health

Cases of diabetes are increasing in DRC, as more than 3.3 million people here have been diagnosed with the disease. The rise in the incidence of diabetes in DRC has been accompanied by the rising popularity of a common vegetable that helps manage blood sugar, even though the vegetable has long been considered a food of the poor: okra.

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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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Mexican Students Choose Sugary Drinks Over Contaminated Water

Region: Mexico

Topics: HealthWater

Studies have shown that in one Mexican town, all the water sources are contaminated. Students there are forgoing water – but the alternative may be just as bad for their health.

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Nepalese Mourn Religious, Cultural Sites Damaged and Destroyed in 2015 Earthquake

Region: Nepal

Topics: CultureEnvironmentHealth

Some of Nepal’s most beloved religious and cultural sites were damaged or destroyed in the April 2015 earthquake, and local people say they’re grieving the loss of favorite places of worship. Reconstruction will take years, and it’s not clear when those projects will begin.

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In Zambia, Old Law Ignites New Debate on Marijuana Cultivation

Region: Zambia

Topics: HealthPolitics

In theory, cultivating medicinal marijuana has been legal in Zambia for decades. In practice, the law’s ambiguity and widespread confusion have made legal cultivation impossible.

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An Alternative Therapy Changes Ugandans’ Views About Methods to Treat Chronic Pain

Region: Uganda

Topics: Health

In a nation where sufferers may have formerly resigned themselves to chronic pain, Care Point Centre offers CERAGEM therapy, a type of massage administered by a special machine created in South Korea. Entailing physical exercise as well, the free sessions aim to “heal naturally.”

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Zimbabwe’s Ban on Faith-Healing Broadcasts Gets Mixed Reviews

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: HealthLegislationReligion

For one side of the controversy, the new law is a relief, because faith healers dangerously claim an ability to cure the incurable. For the other side, the ruling limits the right to practice religion freely.

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