Stories about Health from December, 2007
Egypt: Medical Myths
Mostafa from Egypt reviews seven medical myths in this post.
China: Hospital Sues Local Governments
Last month a rural migrant worker set fire on himself after he failed to collect 1000 yuan wage from the boss. He was sent to the hospital with promise from Yunnan and Shenzhen government for the hospital fee. After one month 700,000 yuan has been spent, the hospital is at...
Ukraine: House on Anthrax
Ukrainiana writes about a house being built on the mass burial site for victims of a 19th-century anthrax epidemics in Kyiv.
Africa: Dealing with AIDS in Africa
Black Looks discusses the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa: “But I was quickly disappointed by the article, even if it spoke some truths that I would agree with. Shunning promiscuity is one of those. But the author also says things like, “since the condom is about safe sex and safe...
Poland: Simon Mol
The beatroot writes again about Simon Mol, a “Cameroonian ‘refugee’, poet and human rights activist” charged with infecting 12 Polish women with HIV. (Many of the 213 comments to this post do not seem to have much to do with the subject.)
Poland: Organ Donation
The beatroot writes about Polish boxing and kickboxing champion who donated one of his kidneys to his sick baby daughter: “The case has highlighted the lack of donors in Poland, though the country has one of the lowest family refusal rates in the EU – where relatives block the removal...
China: Ant Story
Imagethief explains why the Yilishen ant story is a perfect China story in terms of its cultural, political and social elements.
Angola: Welcome to Cuban doctors
Orlando Castro [pt] welcomes the Cuban doctors that will work in Huambo, an Angolan province with a population of over 2 million people and a doctor for every 40,183 patients. “People need doctors, no matter what nationality they have (…) If Cubans, instead of Portuguese for example, are available, there...
Iran:A poor musician in photos
Mohammad Tajik,blogger and photographer, has pusblished several photos of a poor musician in Tehran.It seems the musician is suffering from leprosy.
Dubai: New Smoking Regulations
Farrukh Ahmed writes about new smoking regulations in Dubai.
Japan: The battle of HCV victims
Stories about tainted blood products are nothing new in Japan. In the 1980s, patients with hemophilia contracted HIV from tainted blood products, the result negligence on the part of the government and pharmaceutical companies about an earlier FDA decision to withdraw its approval of the products.
Romania: Health Care
Transatlantic Politics writes about the disastrous state of Romanian health care.
Lithuania: Coffee and Health Care
Music and Life – Everywhere! writes about Vilnius coffee houses and health care costs.
Mozambique: Fighting AIDS with information
gotaelbr [pt] publishes some information, a video and educational links about AIDS, the most challenging disease to plague African countries. “Are we ready for this fight?”
Jordan: A Doctor's Journey
“People know that it takes a long time for a doctor to graduate, but they don't know about the whole process. I'll give you a brief description of how a clueless high school graduate ends up a doctor,” writes Jordanian blogger Hareega.
Kuwait: Egg Crisis
Kuwaiti blogger Nibaq studies this country's egg crisis in depth in this post.
Iraq: The Suffering of Iraqis
While we have touched on the plight of Iraqi refugees in neighbouring Arab countries previously, nothing compares to the real misery they are facing away from their homes and jobs more than Iraqi blogger Faiza Al Arji's (Arabic) report from the ground.
China: Pollution map of China released
Just days after organizers of next year's Beijing Olympics say the games might need to be rescheduled due to harmful pollution levels, prominent environmentalists release their China Air Pollution Map, showing how and where more than 4,000 corporations—multinationals among them—have left their toxic mark, names included.
Benin: Youth and tobacco smoking
Jackie writes about tobacco smoking among the youth in Benin: “According to a recent global youth tobacco survey report, more than twenty percent of school children (aged 13 to 15 years) in Benin are cigarette smokers. The survey involved about 50 schools selected in four regions of Benin, namely Atlantique...
Kenya: 2007 Kenya predictions reviewed
Bankelele reviews 2007 predictions about Kenya: “In November 2006, I wrote some predictions in the Business Post December 2006/January 2007 issue, in which I put forward ideas, expectations, and wishful thinking for the country in year 2007. Here’s a review of some of the Nostradamus-like thoughts…”
Haitian Magistrate on the Right to Die
A magistrate from Cap-Haitien shares his views on the right to die [Fr].