Women in Zambia have the world’s fourth-highest rate of cervical cancer. After Robert Zulu’s wife died of cervical cancer in 2015, he founded a nonprofit and took a novel approach to raise awareness and get women into cancer screenings: producing plays and movies about the disease.
Some children in Uganda’s capital say they can’t afford to buy meals, but bottles of aviation fuel are affordable. They inhale the fuel’s fumes and even drink the fuel to get a high that they say masks their hunger.
Local authors as well as researchers on literacy trends say that Zimbabwe’s reading culture is in decline, citing accessibility and the rising prices of physical books. A new group of authors is eschewing traditional publishing and finding readers where they are – on social media.
A new initiative in Zambia aims to connect the police with the public by providing direct phone lines to local police stations. But the phone numbers do little good when callers from unplanned settlements report crimes in progress – and police can’t find their homes.
In Nepal, many families view the birth of a baby girl as an economic burden. To reduce sex-selective abortion, one city in Nepal is encouraging families to keep their daughters - and it’s paying them for having baby girls.
Zambian banks demand substantial collateral and charge high interest rates for loans, so local women are increasingly turning to informal lending cooperatives, called village banking, for loans large and small. The groups operate on trust, but the high volume of money outside the formal banking sector comes with risks.
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.
Zimbabwe’s electricity grid is in bad shape, and the country is forced to import power from neighboring Mozambique and South Africa. As the government looks for energy self-sufficiency, and citizens look for ways to cut their energy bills at home, many are finding an alternative that seems to offer a sustainable solution: solar power.