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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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Coronavirus Looms Over Zimbabwe’s Fragile Health Care System

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AccessCoronavirusDevelopmentEconomyHealth

The country faces unique challenges as COVID-19 spreads around the world. A decades-long economic crisis has led to drastic health equipment shortages, the exodus of talented doctors and nurses, and an overburdened system that charges patients more than they can afford. If the virus spreads through Zimbabwe, it could breed disaster.

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As Students Battle Vitamin Deficiencies, Mongolia Allocates More Money for Meals

Region: Mongolia

Topics: AccessChild RightsCoronavirusDevelopmentEducationHealth

Mongolia has closed state-run schools temporarily in hopes of preventing an outbreak of the coronavirus. But Mongolian students have faced another health crisis for much longer – insufficient nutrition in school meals. Will a long-overdue increase in the country’s school nutrition budget do anything to help?

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Zimbabwe Weighs Ending Criminalization of HIV

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: HealthHuman RightsLegal RightsPower

The country banned the deliberate transmission of HIV nearly two decades ago to stop the virus from spreading. Public health officials say the law has backfired and demand a different approach.

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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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Uganda’s Construction Boom has a Brutal Cost for Workers

Region: Uganda

Topics: DevelopmentHealthJobsPower

Worker deaths and injuries are increasing as Uganda’s major cities try to meet the demands of a growing population. Low-paid “helpers” — who often work without contracts or insurance — bear the brunt of the consequences.

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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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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 is partly to blame.

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Cervical Cancer Claims Lives as Hospital Backlog Grows

Region: Zambia

Topics: AccessDevelopmentDiseaseHealth

In Zambia, which has the second-highest incidence of cervical cancer in the world, it’s free and convenient to get screened for the disease. Getting treatment, however, is another story.

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