Stories: Clinic

  • Drug Use in Tanzania

    I'm waiting for the third day in a row for a character that never shows up in the “Sheraton Camp” in Temeke, Dar es Salaam. Heroin addicts like the two crossing the frame here meet at Sheraton to buy and use drugs. The box in the corner was placed by Medecins du Monde to collect used...

  • This Isn’t Your Typical Health Clinic

    Northmead Center located in one of Lusaka’s residential neighborhoods was especially empty on an early Wednesday morning. Only three men sat patiently watching television in the clinic’s spacious waiting room to be called for their voluntary male circumcision appointment, a procedure that is increasingly common amid a nationwide push to decrease Zambia’s 14.3 percent HIV...

  • Zambian Caregiver Driven by Love to Visit TB Patients

    The government-run health clinic I visited this morning in Lusaka, Zambia, as a visiting International Reporting Project fellow was bustling. Dozens of women, babies, children, and men milled about the small, free-standing houses that make up the clinic, which was certainly bare-bones by Western standards. The accommodations for male circumcision, for example, was a stretcher bed with garbage bags...

  • Maternity’s Thin Line

    The handwritten notes in the hospital logbook are spare, but they tell the story of how a woman named Amina Seidu nearly died giving birth at one of the best hospitals in Kumasi, Ghana. Seidu (whose name has been changed to protect her privacy) lives in a dusty settlement of cinderblock family compounds clustered beside a green-roofed mosque on...

  • Dr Abhay Bang and Dr Rani Bang’s Medical Centre

    Dr Abhay Bang and Dr Rani Bang’s medical centre in rural Gadchiroli which caters to Adivasis in the region is an inspiring place. They also train community health workers to provide home-based neo-natal care. What struck me about the place was an air of peace, the absence of the oppressive sort of smell that hangs over most hospitals....

  • Niramaya’s Uphill Struggle to Provide Health Care in Mumbai’s Poorest Neighborhoods

    If there is one NGO that makes miracle lemonade out of lemons, it would be the Niramaya Health Foundation in Mumbai, India. Its dedicated staff work tirelessly the Deonar Dumping Ground, arguably India’s oldest and largest landfill located in the Mumbai’s eastern suburbs. Adjacent to Deonar are neighborhoods such as M Ward,...

  • A Day at the Magoye Health Clinic in Zambia

    I first became interested in mobile health technology and global health exactly a year ago while visiting my sister Nia, a Peace Corps Volunteer, in rural Zambia. As a nurse at the Magoye Health Clinic outside of Mazabuka, Zambia, Nia introduced me to the world of mHealth. As an 2013 International Reporting Project New Media...