Stories about Health from September, 2007
Iraq: Possible Cholera Cover Up?
Ladybird from Iraq links to a news article about a possible cholera cover up in Iraq.
St. Vincent & the Grenadines: HIV/AIDS Awareness
“As far as am concerned, fighting the HIV war calls for effective use of all available tools”: Blogging from St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Abeni comments on a steamy ad campaign intended to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS.
Barbados Underground refers to an article which suggests that “Barbados maybe losing the battle against the spread of sexually transmitted infections among the youth.”
St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Healthy Living
“Alarmed by the rising rates of non communicable diseases in the Caribbean the Heads of Govermnents recently held a summit dedicated to addressing the issue”: Abeni puts in her two cents’ worth.
Belize: Carnival Time
“Due to our most recent hurricane scare, Carnival was rescheduled to yesterday”: Belize-y Livin’ mixed fun with responsibility as she “handed out the condoms and HIV/AIDS literature to adults when we were walking behind the float…HIV/AIDS affects Belize more than any other Central American country.”
Japan: Impatient patients
In recent years, harsh criticisms have been focused at hospitals and healthcare workers about the quality of medical care. An example of the target of criticisms was a doctor conducting transplants using diseased kidneys in Ehime. And most recently, a pregnant woman, who lived just a few minutes away from...
Japan: Abe Double in Hospital?
Blogger Kikko passes on the rumor [Ja] that the Abe Shinzo currently in hospital is not the real Japanese prime minister but a double, and that the real PM is at taking it easy at a hot springs in Mongolia. From this (joke) rumor, she turns to the issue of...
Nepal: Kidney Racket
Deepak's Diary on the human organ trading racket in Nepal.
Bermuda: Government to Tackle Obesity
Shawn and Sue's Island Adventure has a theory about Bermuda: “This island is fat, and not with a “ph” like the kids say. It turns out that 63% of the island's adults are overweight/obese.”
The rise of the Zambian blogsphere
The Zambian blogsphere is growing. Two years ago one would struggle to find a regularly updated blog covering any meaningful issues. I am happy to report that is now changing. New blogs are being created at pace faster than I can count. And the good news is that what were personal entries are now being transformed into meaningful blogs that seek to encourage dialogue and trading of ideas.
Hong Kong: Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Frankenchoi writes his experience in living with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) (zh). The disease is related with pressure and anger and the patient needs to regulate his / her diet and emotion.
Arabeyes: Homophobia in Kuwait
Kuwaiti blogger Frankom (Ar) writes an explosive post about what he thinks of homosexuals in his country, sparking a debate among his readers. Amira Al Hussaini translates his post from Arabic.
Banned Chlordecone Pesticide in Used in Martinique
le blog de [moi] writes that the pesticide chlordecone has been used in the French Antilles as recently as 2002, despite being banned in the United States since 1976 and in France since 1991. Although the scandal broke five years ago, [moi] says the most damning details were kept quiet...
Russia: President Lugovoi?
The Accidental Russophile writes about presidential ambitions of Russia's “polonium man” Andrei Lugovoi.
Dominica: Safe Sex
“Carnival in the Caribbean is a ribald time. Lots of drinking, lots of dancing, lots of s-e-x”: Living Dominica is happy to see condom use being promoted on the island.
Bahamas, USA: Health Insurance
“I do not believe that my health is a commodity that the ‘market’ — any market — should determine. That’s what I elect my governments for,” writes Nicolette Bethel, as she examines the issue of health insurance.
Japan: Monju reactor trial to begin Sept. 20th
Blogger tokyodo-2005 writes about the famous sodium leak and fire at the Monju fast-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture (Japan) in 1995 [Ja] and about the subsequent cover-up of a video taken immediately after the incident. tokyodo-2005 reports that a trial about the case is set to begin on Sept. 20th...
Botswana: Nata Village Blog wins ICT contest
Nata Village Blog wins Peace Corps ICT contest: “Back in January, we entered the Peace Corps Information and Technology Contest. We learned in June that we were one of 9 finalists. It was just announced that we are one of the top three winners named in the contest.”
China: A Censored Lung Cancer Story
Minjian released an exclusive investigative story (as it has been censored by the Propaganda Department) about 4 mysterious deaths from lung cancer (zh). The 4 victims were workers in a pharmacy factory in Chongqin. One of the victims, Zheng, suspected that the cancer was related to chemical leaking as all...
Egypt: Corruption Stories
Whisper of Madness shares with us horror stories about corruption in Egypt's Interior Ministry hospitals in this post.
Arabeyes: Countdown to Ramadhan – Part 2
With only a few days left before the start of the Holy Month of Ramadhan in the Muslim calendar, here's another bite at what bloggers from around the Middle East are writing about in preparation for the month of fasting.