Afghan women wait to receive medical treatment at a local hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. In rural areas women are not allowed to seek medical help from a male doctor. Afghanistan has the second-highest maternal mortality rate in the world. Read more
Participants play in a swimming pool filled with pink and green plastic balls during a Guinness World Records attempt of the Largest Ball Pit as part of the Pink October campaign at Kerry Hotel in Pudong, Shanghai. The event, aimed at raising awareness of breast cancer prevention, set the world record with 1m balls in the 25-metre-long and 12.6-metre-wide swimming pool, according to local media.
A health worker administers a polio vaccination to a child in Herat, Afghanistan, at the start of a three-day nationwide immunisation campaign against polio, supported by the country’s Ministry of Public Health
Marialena, a 42 year-old homeless AIDS sufferer and former drug addict who is on a methadone rehabilitation programme, sleeps under a bridge in central Athens. Read more
A leprosy patient looks on outside one of the huts at the leprosy hospital in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. The leprosy hospital was founded by the British circa 1891. At present there are just over a hundred patients living with their families in the hospital run by the Kashmir state government. The patients live in the same mud made structures which were built by the British over a century ago. Most of them with unhygienic conditions and without proper sanitation
A Pakistani boy suffering from Measles lies asleep after getting vaccinated at a medical camp in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Friday. Pakistani health authorities were scrambling to vaccinate thousands of children across the country after a measles outbreak. Measles was suspected to be the main cause for dozens of deaths last year in Sindh. Read more