Insulin refusal is high among some patients.
As diabetes progresses, insulin injections become the only treatment option. But the transition from oral medication to injectable insulin is often a bumpy one.
People receiving medical treatment at the entrance hall of Ayder Referral Hospital in Mekele, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia.
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Unless special attention is given to conflict and HIV the war will undermine the achievement of the 2030 goals to end AIDS, discrimination, and new infections.
Maternal mortality is still major concern in sub-Saharan Africa.
There is growing evidence that when poor-quality oxytocin is used, it fails to prevent post-partum haemorrhage.
A woman with her baby collects her household goods in front of her newly built shack in Khayelitsha, outside Cape Town.
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Pregnant women and mothers of infants are at a higher risk of experiencing depression because of increased pressures they face economically, in their relationships, with their families, and socially.
Health workers wearing protective suits lower the body of a COVID-19 victim for burial at a graveyard in Gulu, northern Uganda.
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Uganda needs to activate the community engagement pillar and resource the new strategy that’s in place.
Healthcare provision in South Africa is centered in hospitals.
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Patients shouldn’t be treated better simply because they can afford to pay more.
Relying on donor funding means that the funder ultimately determines the health priorities. This is one reason why many programmes in Africa focus on a single disease such as HIV.
A refugee receives his first dose of coronavirus vaccine in Kigali, Rwanda.
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Due to early logistical planning, Rwanda had the capacity to store 5 million doses before the vaccines arrived.
The stigma on men’s involvement in maternal health is a significant barrier to their participation.
Men can practically help their partners access care by assisting with the costs of attending clinical appointments such as transportation, health insurance, and meals while on route to the clinic.
“We saw patients dying for avoidable reasons. They were dying because masks that came loose were not being replaced,” says MSF COVID-19 intervention nursing activities manager, Caroline Masunda.
Where there are not enough health workers to deliver medical care, one solution is to move certain tasks to less specialised health workers, a process called task-shifting.
Child mortality rates in the country are high.
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Health surveillance assistants provide services in village clinics, mainly by assessing signs and symptoms in sick children. An electronic community case management app could make their job easier.
Farmworkers are essential workers who must decide every morning whether they will leave their home to work the fields to provide for their families and the nation.
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In the wake of COVID-19, researchers can become trusted figures of authority who can re-appropriate their networks, skills and knowledge to better the lives of vulnerable populations.
Health workers go door-to-door to screen for COVID-19 in Pretoria, South Africa.
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South Africa’s disaster management plan targets the most vulnerable. But it needs to respond in a more deliberate way when it comes to people with disabilities.
A community health worker carries a box of protection masks in Dakar on April 16, 2020.
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To contain COVID-19, African countries cannot rely just on doctors and nurses, who are already in short supply and at high risk of infection in the workplace.
Only one third of women in Madagascar get prenatal care in the first trimester.
Providing affordable pregnancy tests to women in low-resource countries is a critical, yet under-appreciated, way to improve their health.
A community health worker interacting with children in a village South Africa’s Limpopo province.
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Community-based HIV programmes helps improve access to health care.
Women in Nepal are tapped for volunteer health work. Many take on the work out of a sense of duty, but also gain access to otherwise inaccessible opportunities. Here women are seen on a bus in Pokhara, Nepal.
Women health-care volunteers in places like Nepal, Afghanistan and Ethiopia play a vital role in the health system, yet they are undervalued and undertrained.
A woman extension worker employed by the Afar Pastoralist Development Association. Some health extension workers are separated from their families and some are unable to move.
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In Ethiopia health extension workers in rural areas fulfill an essential service - but they feel they have no career path.
Community health care workers are beginning to be formally integrated into the health care system.
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Community health workers are finally being formally integrated into the health system – but they need support to make an impact.