Employees from the Emergency Management Agency of Darkhan-Uul province disinfect streets in Darkhan soum. (A soum is a Mongolian administrative division within the provinces, similar to a district or county.) Employees will continue to disinfect public roads in Darkhan weekly through the end of April.
Hand-washing stations started popping up in downtown Chihuahua in early March. The stations, distributed by the municipal government of the capital city, come with step-by-step instructions on hand-washing practices to kill germs and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Archer Paulain, right, washes his hands before entering COMPAS supermarket in Pétion-Ville, Haiti. The supermarket provides foam soap and water to encourage customers to wash their hands and prevent, as much as possible, contamination of other customers, employees and products, explains Rolandy Seide, the store manager.
Workers from the Mayor’s Office load an abandoned car frame onto a truck in Dalanzadgad, the capital of Umnugovi province. Baatar Janchiv, head of the Mayor’s Office, says they have been spraying public spaces with chemical cleaners since the spread of the coronavirus in neighboring China. The workers also pick up and disinfect garbage, like this car.
Trishias Manhivi, councilor for Zimbabwe’s Mhototi ward, washes her hands during a meeting of local leaders in rural Zvishavane. They discussed the new coronavirus, planned the way forward for their community – and busted myths: Information spread on WhatsApp had led some to believe their communities were immune from the virus.
Jonel Saint Jean washes his hands at a public tap in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The mayor’s office has installed about 40 water towers and nearly 1,000 water buckets at key points in the capital to encourage hand-washing and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Violet Muvandiri sprays disinfectant at a Market Square bus terminal in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Harare City Council says the city is disinfecting bus terminals as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus and to raise awareness of the seriousness of the disease and how to prevent it.
Urtnasan Orolzod performs a weekly cleaning of the 34th apartment building in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The Mongolian Ministry of Health recommended all families and organizations clean their homes and offices with water and disinfectant to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
Nakku Zaina, a clinical officer at Wakiso Health Centre IV, gives a polio vaccine to Nalubega Nina, 1, as her mother Nakirinya Roset looks on. The service is part of a nation-wide vaccination program to immunize children against infectious diseases.
Dr. Mohammad Saleem treats Jamsheed Rasool at his private clinic in New Delhi, India. Saleem says he tries his best to help people in whichever way possible. Many of his patients, including Rasool, consider him a respected figure in the community and say that he doesn’t overcharge them for services and medicine.
Julie Mombi lies on the exam bed while nurse Jucain Malisawa inserts a birth control implant in her upper arm at Tropical health center located 5 kilometers (3 miles) away from Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Malisawa is part of an international organization called DKT, which provides family planning methods in clinics in several cities in DRC.
Rosalia Phiri holds her nine-month-old baby Joshua as he receives a measles vaccine at a clinic set up at the Shine charity in Lusaka, Zambia. Every six months, government health workers go around communities here, immunizing eligible children and providing other health services.
Patson Sakala, an audiology technician, conducts an ear check-up on an apprehensive child at the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka, Zambia. The Beit CURE Hospital, where Sakala works, offers free community ear check-ups in different communities around the city every week.
Sunita Chaudhary, 80, is helped onto a bicycle by her husband Prabhu Chaudhary, 82, as they head to a hospital checkup for her in Nepal’s Bardiya District. Since there are no bus lines running from their village to the hospital, biking is the couple’s best option.
Manikala Buda (pink shirt) and her children Shiva Buda, 3, and Pabitra Buda, 6, receive treatment from Kastura Buda, a traditional healer, in Matela, a village development committee in Nepal’s Surkhet District. People often go to faith healers, known as Dhami in Nepali, when they believe they are suffering from negative energy, an ailment which can’t be cured by other forms of medicine.
Joshua Chigwida, also known as Sekuru Nehanda, gives his client, Admire Chimunyu, treatments for a backache at his stall in Harare’s city center in Zimbabwe. Chigwida has provided herbal medicine to his clients in the city center for over five years. His clients are often commuter omnibus drivers and conductors who operate close by.
Francisco Tecoatl, 40, performs a ritual cleansing with smoke and herbs in Mexico City’s Plazuela del Marqués. Tecoatl is a member of Calpulli Ze Mazatl, a civil society organization that preserves and promotes Aztec cultural traditions. Every Thursday to Sunday for the last 20 years, they have performed indigenous Aztec dances and rituals in alternating locations. After the dance ends, they offer cleansings to people passing by.
Benito Ruiz Alvarez, a traditional doctor, or “i´lol” in the Tsotstil language, performs a healing for Josefa López Santis in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a city in Mexico’s Chiapas state. Ruiz Alvarez uses prayers, plants, candles, stones, incense and a traditional drink called posh as part of the ceremony. The facility is owned by the Organización de Médicos Indígenas del Estado de Chiapas, an organization of doctors and midwives with Tsotsil ancestry who preserve medicinal traditions, including midwifery, botany and bone setting.
José Luis Flores Velasco, a physiotherapist, gives a massage to Mariana Cameras at an alternative medicine fair in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. Fair participants came to promote alternative therapies, like reiki, therapeutic massages, biomagnetism and magnets, and consuming natural products.
Rie Watanabe (left), a Japanese violinist based in San Cristóbal de las Casas and Arabella Siles, a sound artist and therapist who uses gongs, bowls, drums and other instruments, perform their piece “Destejer El Silencio” at the Iglesia del Carmen, a church in San Cristóbal de las Casas. Siles read her own poetry while Watanabe played the violin. The performance took place during La Feria de la Primavera y de la Paz, or Spring and Peace Fair.
Carine Emile, a traditional healer in Fermathe, Haiti, treats Maxo Paulain, a mechanic, for stomach discomfort that he says occurred while he was lifting metal car parts. She prepares a combination of palma christi oil, laundry soap and a traditional Haitian rum called Clairin to rub onto Paulain’s body while saying prayers. Emile has been practicing as a traditional healer since she was 20 years old.