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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?