Small, wooden boats traveling from Kisangani to Kinshasa are often overcrowded with goods and passengers, increasing the risk for accidents, but one entrepreneur hopes to alleviate that concern by building a large ferry to provide affordable and safe transportation. The ferry is set to be ready by January, but details about the cost have yet to be determined.
The government is training local doctors and nurses to staff health camps in a number of districts. Still, amid prohibitive costs, many among the Tharu people lack the identity cards needed to get free treatment for this genetic blood disease.
When faced with a choice of going to a public hospital where poor care is common, many women are opting to self-medicate and see traditional midwives instead. Health professionals are working to increase awareness and improve care.
In Haiti’s struggling economy and tough job market, selling prescription drugs illegally has become an attractive option – especially since street vendors operate with impunity. But the lower prices and more flexible purchasing options that street vendors provide come at a cost as consumers increasingly forgo pharmacies and formal medical treatment.
Sri Lankans are plagued by tens of thousands of cases of mosquito-borne dengue each year, but recent public-health measures have helped dramatically reduce the death rate of this year’s particularly bad outbreak. Public-health teams are inspecting locales where cases have arisen, and careful treatment of dengue patients and public-awareness campaigns have also helped combat this year’s epidemic.
Demand is up among women who crave this peculiar dish and the number of vendors in Bulawayo is rapidly increasing. One local man, Prince Ndlovu, digs up and sells a wide assortment of colors and flavors.
Yoga, a practice that originated in ancient India, is a growing trend in Zimbabwe. The capital city, Harare, now has 12 studios. Tendai Angela Jambga is one of the nation’s youngest black female instructors. She is offering free yoga sessions to women with endometriosis and to facilitators from a children’s rehabilitation home as a way to give back to the community.
In a village north of Goma, health organizations are struggling to counter a cholera epidemic brought on by an extended dry season and lack of rainfall. Their efforts – including clean water deliveries and community education – have made an impact, but residents say future outbreaks are inevitable unless the government addresses the village’s lack of water infrastructure.