Global health

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Guinea worm disease could be second ever human illness to be eradicated
As cases fall, the condition that once affected millions of people in Africa and Asia could also be the first to be wiped out without medicines

Lizzy Davies

25, Jan, 2023 @12:20 PM

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‘Culture is hard to break’: Kenya’s medical schools face a shortage of cadavers
Medical training is in demand, but hesitancy on body donation means students have little to work with, while an illicit trade in transplant organs flourishes

Caroline Kimeu

24, Jan, 2023 @1:10 PM

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‘Patients were chained to walls and beds’: Freetown’s psychiatric hospital released from the past
The Sierra Leone capital’s colonial-era asylum has modernised, offering psychotherapy, yoga and basketball as well as drugs – and has thrown away its shackles

Tom Collins in Freetown

17, Jan, 2023 @6:30 AM

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‘The silent disease’: Chagas is a killer. Now carriers want their voices heard
The parasite-borne disease is classed as ‘neglected’ yet causes 12,000 deaths a year, mostly in Latin America. Can the world really wipe it out by 2030?

Sarah Johnson

16, Jan, 2023 @7:15 AM

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Health workers in Zimbabwe dismayed as law curbing strikes is passed
Controversial bill to stop industrial action criticised as an already struggling sector fears losing more staff in a damaging brain drain

Nyasha Chingono

12, Jan, 2023 @5:30 AM

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‘A great day for the country’: Uganda declares an end to Ebola outbreak
Control measures including lockdowns have halted the spread of the virus after less than four months

Caroline Kimeu in Nairobi

11, Jan, 2023 @1:29 PM

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In the blood: why diabetes is the scourge of entire families in Tanzania
Elisaria has had diabetes for decades. Her husband died of it and five relatives live with it. Yet millions in this fast-growing country cannot afford to get the treatment they need

Caroline Kimeu in Dar es Salaam

28, Dec, 2022 @7:30 AM

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Back to brown: how a shift away from refined white rice could cut diabetes
The secret to a healthier diet has been around for centuries: a return to unprocessed grain in its natural state. And in Asia, the health benefits could be huge

Kaamil Ahmed

20, Dec, 2022 @6:00 AM

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‘Every chemist has a backroom’: the rise of secret FGM in Kenya
A move away from public ceremonies to ‘medicalised’ cutting is one of the greatest threats to eliminating the abusive practice, say campaigners

Caroline Kimeu

15, Dec, 2022 @6:30 AM

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‘Bring your own syringe’: Malawi’s medical supplies shortage at crisis point
A lack of essential drugs and equipment is causing health centres to close, while critics accuse the government of complacency

Charles Pensulo in Lilongwe

08, Dec, 2022 @6:00 AM

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No mother should have to choose between her baby starving or being infected with HIV | Olena Stryzhak
In Ukraine many mothers lack the formula milk and drugs needed to prevent mother-to-child transmission. We must not allow this war to undo decades of progress

Olena Stryzhak

30, Nov, 2022 @7:15 AM

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Sudan experiences worst dengue fever outbreak for more than a decade
Floods caused by warming temperatures and a lack of preventive care are driving the spread of the disease in a country racked with political and economic upheaval

Zeinab Mohammed Salih in Khartoum

21, Nov, 2022 @7:15 AM

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