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Long Thought of as Food for the Poor, Healthful Okra Enjoys New Popularity in DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Health

Cases of diabetes are increasing in DRC, as more than 3.3 million people here have been diagnosed with the disease. The rise in the incidence of diabetes in DRC has been accompanied by the rising popularity of a common vegetable that helps manage blood sugar, even though the vegetable has long been considered a food of the poor: okra.

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In Food-Insecure Haiti, Street Vendors Play a Central Role in Feeding the Capital

Region: Haiti

Topics: HealthHuman Rights

Earlier in July, protests against price hikes paralyzed Port-au-Prince, but the demonstrations also forced the closing of one of the capital’s sources of affordable food: the informal street chefs known as “manje kwit.” With stands near markets and bus stops, these vendors offer meals for $1 or less, and their fare is a lifeline for many of the capital’s food-insecure residents.

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Congolese Deem Cheap Malewa Restaurants Worth Food Safety Risks

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Health

Wherever you turn in the city of Kisangani, you’ll find makeshift eateries where hunger is economically satisfied – and diseases like typhoid fever may lie in wait. One health official states that none of these establishments in Kisangani meets hygiene standards, and many operate without officials’ knowledge.

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Critical Shortage at DRC Blood Bank Has Fatal Consequences

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Health

The Kisangani blood bank in Democratic Republic of Congo suffers from lack of international aid and a short supply of blood reserves. Patients in need of transfusions must seek out donations themselves – but finding a donor is all but assured.

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Zimbabwe’s Policy Ending Dialysis Fees Saves Lives But Strains Hospitals

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AccessHealth

A new policy has made accessing dialysis at government hospitals more affordable for some. But as the number of patients grows, the strain on hospital resources may threaten everyone’s access to treatment.

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For Children in Dangerous Section of Haiti, Therapy is a Lifeline

Region: Haiti

Topics: AccessEducationHealth

Haiti’s Cité Soleil area, a densely-populated neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, is known for violence. A group of mental health professionals now work with children in their schools to help them manage the stress they experience living there.

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Cholera Outbreak Draws Attention to Overcrowded Harare Apartment Complex

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: HealthInfrastructure

This enormous apartment complex has been overcrowded and under-serviced for years, but some people who live there say they don’t plan to move, even after the city closed a portion of the complex due to a cholera outbreak.

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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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