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Kampala Clinic Offers Hair Transplants for Balding Ugandans

Region: Uganda

Topics: Health

In a country where residents sport a dazzling array of hairstyles, what’s a balding Ugandan to do? One clinic in Kampala offers a new solution: hair transplants.

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Intersex, Transgender People in Zambia Self-Administer Hormones to Avoid Discrimination and Arrest

Region: Zambia

Topics: AccessHealth

It’s a crime in Zambia to be gay, so intersex people who are sometimes assumed to be gay say they face discrimination and potential arrest. Some of those people, as well as some transgender Zambians, say they administer their own hormone treatments without a doctor’s supervision.

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Myths and Misinformation Hinder Male Circumcision Campaign in Uganda

Region: Uganda

Topics: Health

The World Health Organization has recommended safe male circumcision, to help prevent the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Uganda has implemented a program to encourage the operation and advertise its benefits – so why is the program still struggling to meet its goals?

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Refugees in Ugandan Camp Using Drawing and Drama to Heal Trauma

Region: Uganda

Topics: HealthHuman Migration

The Nakivale Refugee Settlement is home to more than 94,000 refugees, many of whom experienced trauma before they escaped from conflicts in nearby countries. The camp’s only entrepreneur network, Opportunigee, is now behind new programs using art therapy to help transform the lives of refugees, especially children.

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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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Zambian Nonprofit Uses Movie, Plays to Help Wipe out Cervical Cancer There

Region: Uganda

Topics: Health

Women in Zambia have the world’s fourth-highest rate of cervical cancer. After Robert Zulu’s wife died of cervical cancer in 2015, he founded a nonprofit and took a novel approach to raise awareness and get women into cancer screenings: producing plays and movies about the disease.

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Food Too Expensive, Children in Kampala Drink Fuel Instead

Region: Uganda

Topics: HealthNutrition

Some children in Uganda’s capital say they can’t afford to buy meals, but bottles of aviation fuel are affordable. They inhale the fuel’s fumes and even drink the fuel to get a high that they say masks their hunger.

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In DRC, New Mutual Aid Fund Challenges Mistrust, Launches Affordable Health Insurance Scheme

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Health

In Lubero, DRC, rampant violence and economic hardship have made health care even more essential, but an average annual income of less than $400 puts health insurance out of reach for most. Now, a mutual aid fund hopes to change that by harnessing the country’s communal spirit.

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Addiction to Sniffing Tobacco on the Rise in DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureHealth

Tobacco is one of DRC’s most valuable agricultural exports, and traditional healers there often tell patients to sniff tobacco as a remedy for common health problems. But sniffing tobacco carries many of the same deadly health risks as smoking tobacco, and addiction to snuff is on the rise.

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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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