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In Kisangani’s central market, out-of-date food, cosmetics and other products abound.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.
The court system in Sri Lanka is overwhelmed by a backlog of nearly 28,000 cases for the country’s 85 judges. Some criminal and civil cases, however, can be resolved through community mediation boards, a system staffed by volunteers who heard more than 220,000 cases in 2016. This is the story of two women who brought their disputes to mediation, as well as a look inside a school classroom where mediation takes place.