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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.