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MEXICO CITY - What if that kidney you needed for a transplant showed up, but the surgeon didn't? That scenario is too often a reality in Mexico, says Arturo Dib Kuri, the director of the country's National Transplant Center (CENATRA).

Dib Kuri warned that Mexico loses around 20 percent of donated organs from dead donors due to lack of qualified medical personnel to do transplants, La Jornada reported.
Only 406 hospitals in Mexico are equipped to do transplants, Dib Kuri says, noting that the country needs at least 500 transplant-capable hospitals, La Jornada reported. At the moment, there are slightly more than 16,500 people in Mexico waiting for organ transplants.

This news comes as Facebook unveiled their tool to have "organ donor" status appear as part of the Facebook profile in Mexico. The social networking company says it is convinced that this new tool will save lives, La Nacional reported.

But Dib Kuri says that the problems surrounding organ donation in Mexico are not from lack of organ donors, but inability to take advantage of the organs that are available because of lack of specialized facilities and staff.

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In Uganda, Having A "Rolex" Is About Not Going Hungry

Experts fear the higher food prices resulting from the conflict in Ukraine could jeopardize the health of many Ugandans. Take a look at this ritzy-named simple dish.

Zziwa Fred, a street vendor who runs two fast-food businesses in central Uganda, rolls a freshly prepared chapati known as a Rolex.

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WAKISO — Godfrey Kizito takes a break from his busy shoe repair shop every day so he can enjoy his favorite snack, a vegetable and egg omelet rolled in a freshly prepared chapati known as a Rolex. But for the past few weeks, this daily ritual has given him neither the satisfaction nor the sustenance he is used to consuming. Kizito says this much-needed staple has shrunk in size.

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Most streets and markets in Uganda have at least one vendor firing up a hot plate ready to cook the Rolex, short for rolled eggs — which usually comes with tomatoes, cabbage and onion and is priced anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 Ugandan shillings (28 to 57 cents). Street vendor Farouk Kiyaga says many of his customers share Kizito’s disappointment over the dwindling size of Uganda’s most popular street food, but Kiyaga is struggling with the rising cost of wheat and cooking oil.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has halted exports out of the two countries, which account for about 26% of wheat exports globally and about 80% of the world’s exports of sunflower oil, pushing prices to an all-time high, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, a United Nations agency. Not only oil and wheat are affected. Prices of the most consumed foods worldwide, such as meat, grains and dairy products, hit their highest levels ever in March, making a nutritious meal even harder to buy for those who already struggle to feed themselves and their families. The U.N. organization warns the conflict could lead to as many as 13.1 million more people going hungry between 2022 and 2026.

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