Just as officials prepared to declare the country Ebola-free, COVID-19 hit. Authorities are taking strict measures. But many residents, having survived one devastating epidemic without isolation, are skeptical they need to disrupt their lives for another.
As part of its plan to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the government won’t let passengers use public transport. But those with urgent health issues still need medications. Many have turned to boda bodas, which use stealth to avoid arrest.
Empty shelves of face masks and sanitizers have made headlines around the world in the wake of the global coronavirus crisis. But in Zimbabwe, another medical shortage – with life-threatening consequences – is quietly sweeping the country.
When the coronavirus hit, doctors and medical equipment already were in short supply thanks to the lingering impacts of a destructive hurricane and debilitating debt. Now some worry about what could happen if the coronavirus outbreak here were to “get out of hand.”
Odonchimeg Batsukh is the only epidemiologist at the largest hospital in Mongolia’s Arkhangai province. She recently joined GPJ to pursue her childhood dream of being a journalist. As the coronavirus threat continues, she’s put her reporter’s notebook down – but she’s confident that in the aftermath, telling stories will be more important than ever.
Like much of the world, Uganda has imposed social restrictions to combat the spread of the coronavirus. For Ugandans who rely on sex work, the guidelines present a stark choice: continue work and risk infection – or stay home and face financial ruin.
Ugandans face harsh penalties for drug use, but getting treatment for addiction is no easy feat. There aren’t nearly enough rehab facilities, and their steep price tags mean treatment is out of reach for those who need it most.
In DRC, abortion is severely restricted, but that hasn’t stopped women from seeking the procedure at public and private hospitals. These women risk prison time – but the consequences of inducing an abortion at home could be even worse.