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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.