Some people are never without their fitness trackers. Zargul from rural Afghanistan has a ‘wellness tracker’ and she keeps it in her pocket.
‘I carry soap with me. I wash my hands three times: before eating, before cooking and after using the outhouse. I wash the dishes with dish soap and cover them afterwards while they dry.’
Only a few months ago it was a very different story – Zargul kept falling ill.
She lives with her husband and children in Yoghin, rural Afghanistan. Every couple of days she would go down with diarrhoea and nausea. Nobody in the village could tell her what was wrong.
They would tell her ‘you ate too much’ or ‘you ate too fast’. Sometimes they would even tell her it was the jinn (evil spirits) that were making her so weak. Actually, the problem was a lot more down to earth than that.