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Featured Photo of a Health Event in Guatemala

Region: Guatemala

Topics: Health

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Featured Photo of a Goat Production Center in Guatemala

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Lack of Awareness and Nutrients to Blame for Kashmir’s High Rates of Anemia

Region: Indian-administered Kashmir

Topics: Health

The high rates of anemia among pregnant women in Kashmir frequently lead to serious complications during pregnancy and childbirth, and hospitals are ill-equipped to respond. But doctors say one solution is simple: more education on prenatal nutrition.

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No Money, No Blood: Hospitals in Zimbabwe Charge $100 Per Unit

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: HealthHuman Rights

Patients in need of blood transfusions in Zimbabwe are facing a dire situation: Hospitals will not give them blood unless the patients pay for it, even though the cost of a unit of blood represents a relatively hefty sum in a country wracked by economic crisis. Rural hospitals have trouble keeping enough blood in stock, and some patients are dying because they do not have the money to purchase blood.

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Congolese, Skeptical of Donating Blood, Face Serious Shortage

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: HealthHuman Rights

The cost of a unit of blood in DRC could soon top $100, if people don’t begin donating regularly, health officials warn. One woman formed an organization to urge women in particular to give blood to help replenish local blood banks.

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No More Discos: Community-based Campaign Against HIV Yields Impressive Results

Region: Uganda

Topics: Health

In rural northwestern Uganda, rates of HIV infection are the lowest in the country. The region’s success is attributed to community-based efforts aimed at preventing risky behavior, including an end to the custom of three-day wedding ceremonies with dancing every night.

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Intersex People Face Inconsistent Barriers When Changing Gender on National ID Cards

Region: Zambia

Topics: HealthHuman Rights

Intersex people in Zambia struggle to have their gender identity properly recorded on legal documents because the law does not recognize their existence. They are often asked to produce results from expensive medical tests to prove their status and face official hostility because being intersex is often associated with homosexuality, which is illegal in the country.

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Featured Photo of a Pro-Abortion March in Buenos Aires

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Congolese Banana Beer, a Culture Symbol, Under Siege as Bacteria Quickly Spreads

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: BusinessHealth

In Kirumba, a village in DRC's North Kivu province, banana bacterial wilt (BBW) is currently ravaging banana plantations, striking a devastating blow for local populations as they’re losing bananas they rely on not only to make a locally-cherished style of brew known as Kasiksi.

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Budget Cuts Undermine Argentina’s Unfulfilled Guarantee of Sex Education

Region: Argentina

Topics: EducationHealth

Eleven years ago, the Argentine government passed a law guaranteeing the right of all students in public and private schools to receive comprehensive sex education. But as budget cuts threaten the national sex education program, upholding that guarantee has fallen to independent organizations and volunteers.

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