Stories: Health

  • Fighting AIDS in Mozambique

    MAPUTO-As night falls along the highways of rural Mozambique, lights come on in the barracas, open-air roadside bars. Some are cane huts lit by kerosene lamps; others are concrete, with metal roofs, spinning lights, and blaring music. Truckers heading from Mozambique's ports along the Indian Ocean to landlocked countries in southern Africa pull to the side of the road. It...

  • Someone must pay in HIV cases, Libya says

    BENGHAZI, Libya — In a room on a clinic's second floor, a young woman named Ferial lies on her side, wrapped in a red blanket with an IV in her arm. She once dreamed of being a doctor, but she has not gone to school in two years. "She feels like she cannot face the other people," said Ferial's mother,...

  • The lucky ones survive

    Abject poverty and inadequate obstetric care has resulted in debilitating and life threatening childbirths for many women in the developing world. Obstetric fistula, the hole between a women’s birth passage and an internal organ, a condition eradicated in the U.S., affects approximately 2 million women in developing countries. In the fall of 2005, freelance video journalist Nina Alvarez traveled...

  • Trying to change minds in the Congo

    Katie Thomas A sign in the waiting area at the Counseling Center at the hospital in Mindouli, one of the largest towns in the Pool Region of the Republic of the Congo. March 31, 2007 BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of the Congo -- One of the most important tools of Dr. Alain Mouanga's trade is a rubber hammer. It's not the most predictable tool...

  • Rural HIV Carries in China Face Several Challenges

    HIV/AIDS patients in China’s Heilongjiang province won a landmark court victory in December, and received the largest compensation yet awarded to the nation’s victims of HIV-contaminated blood transfusions. Human rights campaigners hail the case as an encouraging precedent for others in China who endure a similar fate. But complicated local bureaucracies and inconsistent execution of...

  • Walking away from the past

    "Are you sure?" came the question, anxious and probing. "You have to be absolutely sure." Their brilliant headscarves bobbing like tropical birds, they nodded. They were sure. It was time. And they were ready. It was the fall of 1996, and the women of Malicounda Bambara, a small village in northern Senegal, were in the midst of a 30-month community education...

  • What the rest of Africa could learn about AIDS

    A UNFPA-sponsored program in Kolda, Senegal, provides HIV/AIDS education to students at area schools. Photo courtesy of Arthur Plews. KOLDA, Senegal -- The open-air classroom, buffeted by a stiff, dusty wind, rang with the sound of children's laughter and excited chatter as their teacher paced in front of the blackboard, brandishing colored chalk. He raised his hand, and the...

  • Charity vs. Capitalism in Africa

    Photo by Fall 2007 IRP Fellow Eliza Barclay. Two women carry home mosquito nets they purchased for $1 each in their village of Engutoto, Tanzania. Jenifa John recently spent $1 on a billowy swath of gauze that could help keep her family alive. The 22-year-old mother of two in the village of Engutoto, Tanzania, bought a mosquito-repelling bed net that will keep parasite-bearing...

  • Climate Change Fueling Malaria in Kenya, Experts Say

    Photo by IRP Fellow Eliza Barclay. Malaria patient Elsante Karangira Pallangya sits with his mosquito net, which is riddled with holes. Pallangya must share two bed nets with his family of five in the village of Patandi, Tanzania. Tumutumu, Kenya - Esther Njoki lay on a slender cot in the women's ward of Tumutumu Hospital, lucid for the first time...

  • A New Approach to an Old Disease

    Photo by Fall 2007 IRP Fellow Eliza Barclay A nurse shows the current malaria treatment. Kenya - Charles Kimando, a doctor in Kenya, has long been frustrated with his limited arsenal of drugs to treat malaria. The parasitic disease makes its appearance after heavy rains in Embu, the central Kenyan town where he is based. Kimando has access to a drug...