'Ethiopians Like Injections': Stereotypes, Language Barriers and a Failure of Care

The issue of Ethiopian women receiving Depo-Provera contraceptive shots could have been vastly reduced in scale if professional translators were available, and if medical professionals had not fallen back on assumptions about what treatment best suited patients.

Gabra* was forty-something years old and dying of cervical cancer. I was accompanying one of the doctors from my medical school's faculty – in...