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Stories about Health

18 January 2017

In Mexico, Psychiatric Patients Are Ready for Innovation, But Health Centers Are Not

One hundred and nine patients live full-time at the Villa Ocaranza Hospital, an institution marred by a dark history. They will be the last group to do so.

11 January 2017

In Niger and Worldwide, a Legendary Surgeon and Humanitarian Is Mourned

Jean-Marie Servant, a specialist in reconstructive plastic surgery, a celebrated humanitarian, and a “giant among men,” has died. On social media, his friends are remembering his compassion and genius.

8 January 2017

Conflict in Yemen Takes Heavy Toll on Country's Children

"Hunger is the most dominant thought on Yemenis minds during this period."

Introducing ‘Vovinam’, a Vietnamese Martial Art Steeped in Political History

Vovinam, a response to French occupation of Vietnam, is an explosive hybrid of older practices found across the southeast Asian country.

28 December 2016

Macedonia's Pollution Is So Bad That Activists Have Installed ‘Mountain Air Breathing Booths’ in Protest

Other unhappy citizens have resorted to parody. A piece of graffiti recently circulated on Twitter pokes fun a government inaction: "Recommendation: Don't die from cancer!"

26 December 2016

Google Mapping of Public Toilets Is the Latest Effort to Stop Open Defecation in India

"It would be naive to think Google’s efforts will change attitudes and rectify India’s sanitation troubles altogether, especially since nearly 900 million Indians don’t have access to the internet..."

Serbian Government Backtracks on Russia-Inspired Anti-Abortion Council

"You know the consequence of prohibition of abortion? Profit for the clinics in neighboring countries, and semi-skilled butchers playing with the lives of the poor."

18 December 2016

Remembering Castro’s Commitment to Healthcare and Beating Ebola in Africa

Political leaders and citizens worldwide have reacted in different ways to the recent passing Fidel Castro, and Cuba and Africa were closest on healthcare.

15 December 2016

Controversial Legislation in Bangladesh Highlights the Complexity of Child Marriage

"Civil society easily can see child marriage but is blind to the fact why it happens. When there is development in society...child marriages will fall. We need time for that."

7 December 2016

Australians Ask: Have We Lost the War on Drugs?

The Greens leader's call to decriminalise recreational drugs has many supporters in Australia.

3 December 2016

A Macedonian Tradition Continues: Nude Twitter Calendar Helps Promote HIV/AIDS Prevention

Would you pose nude for charity? Macedonian Twitter users do it every year -- and the 2016 edition raises awareness about HIV/ADIS prevention.

26 November 2016

Refugee-Run Grocery Stores Help Bring Healthy Fare to a Food Desert in the US State of Pennyslvania

Residents of this neighborhood used to drive a long way for good groceries, but new stores are popping up as a result of a wave of refugee resettlement here.

25 November 2016

Call for Sugar Tax on Beverages Ignites Nanny State Debate Down Under

"Rather than considering a sugar tax, it'd be more useful if there was a fresh fruit and veg subsidy for low income earners and pensioners"

17 November 2016

Winners Galore at the 34th Athens Classic Marathon

The 34th Athens Classic Marathon came to Greece last weekend, and there were more than a few big winners.

15 November 2016

Smog Engulfs Tehran—Again

Iran's capital is under its annual smog warning, and hardliners are claiming the failed Rouhani administration are slowly killing its citizens.

6 November 2016

Ethiopia's Candidate to Lead the World Health Organization Contracts Foot-in-Mouth Disease

Ethiopia's candidate for Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom, shocked many observers when he displayed a complete lack of knowledge about global health strategies during a recent forum.

2 November 2016

As Economic Crisis Deepens, Russians Switch from Vodka to Beer. And Moonshine.

RuNet Echo

The economic crisis in Russia is causing many alcohol drinkers to switch from vodka to beer, according to an article published in Gazeta.ru last week.

31 October 2016

Timbuktu, Where There's ‘Justice for Monuments, but Not for Victims of Rape’

"In Mali, rape is a taboo subject. The victims’ lips are sealed by society’s gaze."

12 October 2016

Surrounded by Piles of Trash, These Two Classical Musicians Played Bach in Protest

The concert took place in Tetovo, the largest city in western Macedonia, and one of the most polluted cities in Europe.

7 October 2016

For Lebanon’s Elderly, the Ongoing Garbage Crisis Is a Tight Noose

Lebanon's most vulnerable are paying the ultimate price for the country's waste crisis.

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