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Solo puede haber democracia plena y un estado de derecho donde la mujer vale como ser humano y no solamente como incubador de vida. Rodrigo Garrido/Reuters

El flagelo del aborto ilegal en América Latina: ¿hay democracia sin derechos reproductivos?

Un 75% de todos los abortos en América Latina son ilegales y arriesgados, según un nuevo informe. En Centroamérica, la prohibición del aborto corresponde con una falta generalizada de democracia.
Ecuador’s school snack programme focuses on pre-packaged, individual-sized items like juice boxes. Bernardo Cañizares Esguerra

Ecuador’s school food is bad for kids — and the environment

Up to 25% of Ecuadorian children suffer from malnutrition, and the country's sugary school snacks aren't helping. Kids need healthful, fresh food — not high-calorie humanitarian aid.
Traditional taro pits can be used to grow nutritious vegetables for the entire household. Graham Lyons

How food gardens based on traditional practice can improve health in the Pacific

We set out to discover whether it's possible to reduce the alarming rates of non-communicable diseases in Pacific nations while improving nutrition security and income.
A medical cannabis grower. Shivanshu Pandev/flickr

Study: cannabis may reduce crack use

Scientists have never found a medicine to help crack users who want to decrease their consumption. Canadian researchers think cannabis might be the answer.
Saint-Laurent du Maroni Hospital. Some of the building’s structures go back to the time when French Guiana was mainly known for its prisons. Dennis Lamaison

How racism hampers health care in French Guiana

French Guineans are up in arms about the territory's overcrowded hospitals. Why is no one talking about how racism and xenophobia also affect access to health care?
Activists form a red ribbon, the symbol of the worldwide campaign against AIDS in Russia, 2010. Vladimir Konstantinov/Reuters

How AIDS denialism spreads in Russia through online social networks

In Russia, social networks have given a new life to the conspiracy theory that HIV-AIDS is a global hoax.
Health centre in Sainte Dominique, Dakar, Senegal. Jean-Jacques Lemasson/IRD

How hepatitis became a hidden epidemic in Africa

Viral hepatitis sheds light on key challenges faced by health system in Africa and how social and culture factors can help in prevention.
A family of Programa Atitude beneficiaries in short-term housing provided by the programme. Lianne Milton/Panos for the Open Society Foundations

Why cities should stop arresting crack users and help them instead

Evidence increasingly shows the effectiveness of controversial efforts, like northeastern Brazil's Attitude Programme, to feed and house at-risk drug users.