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.
Mongolia sees a 55.5% drop in common intestinal infections among children. Respiratory illnesses are down, too. Officials and parents credit the increase in hand-washing, and hope habits instilled during crisis remain for life.
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.
Facing an ongoing economic crisis and reduced manufacturing capacity, shops in Zimbabwe have run out of imported hand sanitizer. As Zimbabweans make small batches of hand sanitizer to fill the void, some experts are skeptical that they work – but one pharmacist is confident that his formula is supported by science.
Despite success in treating Ebola, response teams sent to Democratic Republic of Congo are met with mistrust from local people. The fierce resistance to their methods has sometimes been violent – but why is it happening in the first place?
Theft of anti-malarial drugs is a huge problem in Uganda, causing a shortage of medication that is sorely needed to treat the disease. Counterfeit drugs often fill the void, despite government efforts to address the problem.