Stories: Health Infrastructure

  • The Omnipresence of Dust in Kathmandu

    It's the middle of winter, and the wards of Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in downtown Kathmandu, Nepal, are full of people who can't breathe. On the third-floor pediatrics ward, Basanta K.C. balances his baby daughter, Bursa, in his right arm and deftly threads a narrow plastic tube into her nostrils. As she struggles for air, her...

  • The Logistical Nightmare of Providing Health Care in Rural Areas

    If you fall ill in rural Mozambique, your options are devastatingly limited. If you had the chance to pick a place from the bad options, however, I have a feeling you couldn’t do much better than Moamba, a village in Maputo province near the border with South Africa. We visited a clinic there that serves the local community....