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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.