Stories written by Henrietta Abayie

GHANA: Tropical Ulcer Persists Despite Affordable Solutions

For the past 10 years, Buruli ulcer has been eating Benjamin Essel’s leg. The skin above his ankle is totally gone, and a swollen, pulpy and reddish wound rises almost up to his knee and wraps around his calf. Even still, this is an improvement over recent years.

Mary Mingle has kept her double mastectomy secret for 20 years, due to fear of stigma.  Credit: Paul Carlucci/IPS

GHANA: Stigma Surrounding Breast Cancer Stymies Prevention Efforts

Mary Mingle thought she had a boil on her breast, so she bought some medication and tried to treat it at home. Two months later, bothered by persistent pain, she went to the doctor.