Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: extreme poverty

  • The disease called poverty

    Olufolakayomi Christiana Thomas Lagos State, Nigeria   Photo by Rui Rocha on Flickr. It is a hot Friday afternoon in Lagos, Nigeria. Everyone is gearing up for the weekend and already starting to leave work. The clinic staff does this each week under the guise of attending Friday Jumat prayers, even though the clinic does…

  • Sparing the living

    P. Ravi ShankarLalitpur, Nepal Krishna was dead. I was relaxing on the porch of my quarters next to the primary health center when Krishna’s relatives brought me the news of his demise. Though I was sad, I also felt a sense of relief. Krishna belonged to a poor family of agricultural workers eking out a…