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Homelessness, Drug Use Rising in Bulawayo Amid Broken Economy, Lack of State Support

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: HealthHuman Rights

As homelessness and unemployment plague Zimbabwe, some turn to legal and illegal substances to numb the pain. Reports of violence and drug use on the streets are a rising concern for residents.

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As Kidney Disease Runs Rampant in Haiti, Greater Funding for Hospitals Is Needed

Region: Haiti

Topics: Health

At public hospitals, malfunctioning equipment and a shortage of items used in dialysis mean that patient treatments are likely to be infrequent; costs at private hospitals are prohibitive. In a society that relies on imports of unhealthy processed foods and that has suffered a string of natural disasters, many people have diabetes and hypertension, the chief causes of kidney disease.

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Expired Goods Prove to Be Both a Popular And Dangerous Choice for Many in the DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: BusinessHealth

In Kisangani’s central market, out-of-date food, cosmetics and other products abound. Government officials responsible for preventing the circulation of expired goods face an uphill battle because the cheaper prices of these no-good goods appeal to customers.

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Traditional Ugandan Beverage Increasingly Popular with Consumers — and Manufacturers

Region: Uganda

Topics: Health

With only three ingredients, western Uganda’s simple and all-natural bushera beverage is touted for its health benefits. The drink has gained popularity across the country with consumers and manufacturers, but some argue that the sugars and preservatives added in large-scale production sacrifice the very benefits that have won bushera so many fans.

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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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