Africa Global Healthcare 

Amidst COVID-19 lockdown, Nigeria sees increased sexual and gender violence

Twenty-two-year-old Halima Bulama had just returned from the marriage ceremony of her relation mid-April in Kasaisa community in Damaturu, Yobe State, in northeast Nigeria when her husband, 22-year-old Ba’ari Abacha, in a fit of rage attacked her. Mr Abacha said his wife disobeyed him in attending the ceremony, and as punishment hacked off the woman’s right hand with a machete, according to the police. At the teaching hospital in Damaturu where she was taken to for treatment, Halima said her husband was quick-tempered and vowed not return to her husband…

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Australasia Global 

Australia Sets Comprehensive COVID-Safe Guidelines For Film & TV Production

While the Hollywood unions and studios are still deliberating over protocols for safe return to production amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Australian film and TV industry has released its COVID-Safe Guidelines to help get their industry back to work. Spanning 41 pages, this is the most comprehensive set of official country or state recommendations to date, addressing in detail every aspect of production. (You can read it below.) Considered a ‘live’ document that will evolve as best practice develop when projects return to production, the document was created by The…

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Global North America 

Tech for good during COVID-19: Therapy for nurses, baby food, and an online diary

If you’re one of the 12.3 million people who watched Travis Scott perform on Fortnite this past week, you’ll agree: The sky’s the limit right now when it comes to cheering people up. One kid, per our commenters, said Scott’s performance was better than Star Wars. The popular multiplayer game Fortnite, owned by Epic Games, is just one example of tech finding a creative way to continue business as usual amid this pandemic. And it got extra points for being psychedelic. Let’s get into other tech companies working hard to…

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Global North America 

Why Covid-19 Quarantine Dreams Are Taking Over the Internet

A California woman in her seventies was dreaming of a grocery store. Her cat had instructed her to buy a specific brand of chicken, but it was too expensive. When she got to the register with her cheaper chicken in tow, the cashier told the woman she’d have to submit the proper paperwork for the chicken later because the system couldn’t find the correct part number. The woman apologized for her stupidity but had to ask: Where was she supposed to find a part number on a chicken carcass? Erin…

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Healthcare Technology 

Can Morocco Use Social Media to Address Mental Health?

The notion of mental health in Morocco is one that is continuously evolving. It is a concept that is deeply entrenched both in the Moroccan cultural paradigm, as well as its rich folklore.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) released a report in 2017 stating that there are only 0.84 psychiatrists in Morocco per 100,000 members of the population with only 11 mental hospitals. The report also highlighted that Morocco had no strategy in place to address child and adolescent mental health, neglecting a severely vulnerable demographic.  Another report published in…

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