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.
In Kisangani’s central market, out-of-date food, cosmetics and other products abound.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.
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.
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.