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Cervical Cancer Claims Lives as Hospital Backlog Grows in Zambia

Region: Zambia

Topics: AccessDiseaseHealth

In Zambia, which has the second-highest incidence of cervical cancer in the world, it’s free and convenient to get screened for the disease. Getting treatment, however, is another story.

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DRC Survived Ebola. Does That Make It Ready for Coronavirus?

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AccessCoronavirusDevelopmentDiseaseHealth

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.

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Defying Uganda’s Ban, Motorcycle Taxis Remain Lifeline for Patients

Region: Uganda

Topics: AccessAutonomyCoronavirusHealth

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.

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In Zambia, Forgoing Antenatal Care Brings Danger, Tragedy

Region: Zambia

Topics: AccessAutonomyHealthReproductive RightsWomen's Rights

In Zambia, 97% of pregnant women attend at least one antenatal checkup – but doctors recommend at least four. The difference, it turns out, could be a matter of life and death.

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In Zimbabwe, Vital Medicines in Short Supply as Coronavirus Stalls Imports

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AccessCoronavirusDevelopmentHealth

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.

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Under-Resourced and Medically Understaffed, Puerto Rico Faces the Coronavirus

Region: Puerto Rico

Topics: AccessCoronavirusDevelopmentHealthHuman RightsInfrastructure

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.”

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GPJ Journalist in Mongolia Puts Reporting on Hold — to Lead the Fight Against Coronavirus

Region: Mongolia

Topics: AccessAutonomyCoronavirusDiseaseHealthJobs

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.

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Amid Distancing Restrictions, Ugandan Sex Workers Face Unique Challenges

Region: Uganda

Topics: AccessCoronavirusDevelopmentHealthJobs

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.

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In Uganda, Addiction Treatment Is a Privilege Few Can Afford

Region: Uganda

Topics: AccessDevelopmentHealthMoney

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.

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Despite Legal and Health Risks, DRC Women Choose Hospitals for Abortions

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AccessAutonomyHealthReproductive RightsWomen's Rights

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.

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