India is seeing a rapid rise in childhood diabetes cases and experts say an assessment of its burden is crucial for developing targeted prevention and treatment approaches.
Albi X, a German rapper with Congolese roots, was born with albinism, a rare condition that affects the production of melanin. He uses his powerful Afro-trap beats to fight stigma.
Pakistan is struggling to control its rapidly growing population. Health professionals and activists say the influence of religious clerics, a patriarchal society and lack of access to contraception are behind the rise.
More and more children are found to be HIV-positive in northwest Pakistan. Officials attribute the trend to mandatory pre-surgery testing and growing public awareness.
For many children in Ghana, cerebral palsy can mean a lifetime of exclusion, particularly from the world of sports. But one club in the country is trying to change all that.
Cancer diagnoses are on the rise in Kenya, but with less than a fifth of people enrolled in a national insurance scheme, getting a diagnosis can force families to make huge financial sacrifices. Stigma only makes things worse.
Drugs have been developed against HIV but global stigma is still high and, in some areas, it is hindering prevention strategies.
29 Oct 2022
Stakeholders and families have continued to lament the neglect and stigmatization of cleft patients. They lamented that amid stigma, discrimination, and social inequalities, they are made to endure psychological problems, like lowered self-esteem and difficulties in social interaction.
20 Jun 2022
A cluster of monkeypox cases have been detected among men who have sex with men, but the disease can spread among any group of people in close contact, say WHO officials.
5 Jun 2022
In Africa, where many countries outlaw homosexuality, LGBT people live in fear of attacks and imprisonment.
5 Dec 2021
This year's World AIDS Day puts the spotlight on ongoing inequalities in the fight against HIV, the virus that impacts some 38 million people worldwide. Dr. Alexandra Calmy, the head of the HIV/AIDS Unit of Geneva University Hospitals, says the inequalities surrounding HIV/AIDS are much like those witnessed during the Covid-19 pandemic, with access to treatments and prevention spread unevenly across the world's population. Forty years after the first case of HIV was detected, stigmatisation also remains a major obstacle to eradicating the virus. Dr. Calmy's message for anyone worried they might have HIV is "don't be afraid of yourself".
4 Oct 2021
Kenya's constitution eased access to abortions in 2010 but the overwhelming stigma surrounding the procedure means that many women resort to traditional practices or backstreet clinics that put their life in jeopardy. Every week, 23 women die from botched abortions, according to a 2012 study by Kenya's health ministry. Campaigners say the real number is even higher.