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· August, 2006

Stories about Health from August, 2006

Bahamas: The future in health

  30 August 2006

Sidney flashes forward to 2012, after the Bahamas’ government has implemented the National Health Plan towards which they are “proceeding with undue haste.”

Indonesia: Patient vs. Pharma

  30 August 2006

Indonesia anonymus relates a co-worker's experience on a visit to a doctor. The post talks about certain doctors favouring pharmaceutical companies sometimes at the expense of the patients.

Philippines’ worst marine disaster

  30 August 2006

The beautiful island of Guimaras, located in central Philippines, is under state of calamity. More than 26,000 people who depend on fishing suddenly lost their livelihood after tanker MT Solar 1, chartered by Petron, sank in 3,000 ft of water with some two million liters of industrial fuel.

Jamaica: Singles

  29 August 2006

Mikaila discusses the ins and outs of dating in Jamaica: “I have stories that could be episodes of Sex and the City. There are so many more women here than men. Dating anywhere is difficult. Last week I watched a special Dateline on AIDS in African American communities and was...

Africans in France: Riots’ First Anniversary

  29 August 2006

Senegalese blogger Semett worries that (Fr) not much has changed for communities of color in France since last year's summer riots: “Despite the temporary emotions, we don't get the impression that anything has changed since. Our brothers and sisters continue to live in unsanitary and dangerous conditions. Whether it is...

Thailand: Medical Tourism

  25 August 2006

Lao Ocean Girl talks about the booming medical tourism industry in Thailand. “Not only are the facilities in Thailand first class, prices are cheap when compared to the West. For example, when I had a filling done in southern California at a dinky clinic, it cost me $100 (for less...

Africa: Is the Battle against AIDS Lost?

  23 August 2006

Forum Realisance believes (Fr) former colonial powers and pharmaceutical companies are partially to blame for the AIDS crisis but saves harsher words for Africans and failed African leaders: ” Ignorance and illiteracy reproduce AIDS blindly without the least use for reason. Isn't it sacred and legitimate to protect oneself? Why...

Hong Kong: opium history

  23 August 2006

Dave and Stefan blogs a historical legal document showing the history of opium importation from 1908-1942 in Hong Kong.

Estonia: 15 Things

  22 August 2006

Giustino of Itching for Eestimaa posts a list of “15 Things Estonia has Given the World Since 1991″ – which includes Skype: “True, Skype is based these days in Luxembourg, but its primary code was written in Tallinn, where one of its main offices is located.”

Americas: Eating in the USA

  16 August 2006

About obesity in the United States, Martin Varsavsky says that he and his wife have found the trick to eating out reasonably (ES): “We found that if you order an appetizer, entree, and dessert and share everything between two people, the amount of food is right and the restaurant workers...

Japan: western business practice

  10 August 2006

JP in Japundit hightlights a report claiming that a majority of Japanese workers are suffering from “high anxiety” and “mental illness” resulted from western business practice.

Barbados: HIV/AIDS messages

  9 August 2006

Barbados Free Press reports that the Caribbean Broadcasting Company (CBC), Barbados’ national television, network, has committed to running one HIV/AIDS public service announcement during every hour of broadcast, as well as embedding HIV/AIDS messages in the plots and scripts of regular television programming.

Trinidad & Tobago: Smelter activity continues

  8 August 2006

Rights Action T&T, a blog designed to support the protest against the establishment of an aluminium smelter in a community in southern Trinidad, issues a press release reporting that preparations for the establishment of boreholes have begun in the area, and deploring aluminium company Alcoa's “continued attempts to psychologically intimidate...

Philippines: Alcoholism in Philippines

  5 August 2006

The blogger at Touched by an Angel looks at alcoholism in Philippines. “The effects of alcoholism are easily shown in the sensational section of the local TV news. How often do you see wives beaten up by their husbands? Or children being sexually abused by their biological fathers? What about...

Voices from Kazakhstan

  4 August 2006

Welcome to our latest round-up of blog posts and online discussions that took place in the Kazakhstani blogosphere in the last two weeks. We start off with Russian-language neweurasia Kazakhstan blog. A new contributor from Karaganda Basil B. Akimov sheds light on another scandal in Kazakh healthcare. Karaganda prosecutor initiated...

Russia: Child Abuse

  4 August 2006

Yuri Mamchur of Russia Blog distributes blame for Russia's abused children: “Today Russia is awash in oil and gas money, the nation’s cities are growing again, and the country produces more young billionaires per capita than any other nation in the world. It is a shame that such a depravity...

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