Getting a prosthesis through Argentina’s health system takes time and considerable effort. Low-cost prosthesis workshops are filling the gap by using creative substitutions to perform the same functions at far less cost.
Because of Argentina’s ongoing economic crisis, many are struggling to afford food at market prices. This makes programs to help low-income Argentine families and communities grow their own food increasingly important.
President Mauricio Macri’s emergency decree to speed up deportations and bar entry for immigrants with criminal charges or convictions has sparked a national debate in Argentina. Human rights groups say immigrants who have committed even minor offenses will lose the ability to defend themselves and keep their families together, but proponents say the changes are necessary to prevent crime and to rid the nation of foreign narcotics traffickers, arms dealers and money launderers.
Argentine President Mauricio Macri’s emergency order that increases the administration’s ability to quickly deport immigrants with criminal records aims to fight and prevent crime. Civil rights groups and others say the order grants the government vast powers that can be used to discriminate against law-abiding immigrants. GPJ spoke to a variety of people in Buenos Aires, including protesters at a March rally, about the changes.
On the outskirts of Argentina’s capital city, residents living near one of the world’s most contaminated waterways were promised help from the government after a 2008 Supreme Court ruling. Eight years later, most are still waiting.
Argentina’s lithium deposits are attracting international companies who want to mine in the mineral-rich Salinas Grandes salt plains. But 33 indigenous communities in the area, concerned about harm to local people and their environment, have signed a document requiring companies to consult with them before mining.
A proposal that would allow people to grow cannabis to use medicinally and that has broad support among lawmakers and the public is expected to be considered soon by Argentina’s Senate. But some marijuana advocates say the new law could result in recreational users facing additional problems than they do now.
Though pre-employment HIV testing is prohibited in Argentina, some companies still require job applicants to be tested. Antidiscrimination activists are urging applicants to report companies that ask them to take such tests.