Sick with Shame

“If I call the [Nigeria CDC] hotline and they park the ambulance in front of the door, what will the neighbours think?” That was top of mind when Muhammad feared he had COVID-19.
 
In Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s Borno State, a decade of conflict has weakened health systems, and disease stigma further stifles COVID-19 response efforts by deterring patients from coming forward.  
 
“Every disease carries shame and fear, but diseases with no known cure are especially stigmatized,” explained a physician with the International Committee of the Red Cross, which has has launched radio campaigns to tackle stigma.
 
SBS News

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