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DRC: Ebola survivors unite to combat stigma and misinformation

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The Democratic Republic of Congo declared an end to the latest outbreak of Ebola in the African nation last week. KAHINDO SIFA BAHATI, of Thomson Reuters Foundation, reports on how survivors of a previous outbreak are challenging the stigma associated with the deadly disease…

Returning home, Venezuelans face accusations of spreading COVID-19

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Bogota, ColombiaThomson Reuters Foundation Venezuelans who fled their homeland’s economic crisis but have been forced to return in desperation are being blamed for the spread of the coronavirus and are being branded bioterrorists, the head of a leading medical group said on Wednesday. More than 70,000 Venezuelans have gone home since April, some walking back […]

Fear on front lines as hospital staff face threats, stigma over coronavirus

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Manila, The PhilippinesReuters Janitor Ritchie Estabillo was on his way to work when he was confronted by five men who poured bleach over his face, one of a growing number of hospital staff suffering abuse in the Philippines amid panic over coronavirus infections. His employer said Estabillo had been checked over and was unharmed but […]

Coronavirus spreading fast but stigma is more dangerous – WHO

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Geneva, Switzerland/Beijing, ChinaReuters Coronavirus now appears to be spreading much more rapidly outside China than within but can still be contained, and stigma is more dangerous than the disease itself, the World Health Organization said on Monday. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said almost nine times as many cases had been reported outside China as […]