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· March, 2008

Stories about Health from March, 2008

Jamaica: Hope & HIV

  31 March 2008

“Behind the images of hedonism in Jamaica, the specter of AIDS has overshadowed the glitter and garish of the Tourist Board commercials,” writes Geoffrey Philp, as he blogs about Hope: Living and Loving with HIV – a multi-media reporting project which he says “is not just an extended essay with...

Burkina Faso: Home of black bags, baobabs and cute kids?

  27 March 2008

This roundup will begin with some old business. From Stephen Davis of Voice in the Desert: His book Sophie and the Albino Camel is up for the Norfolk Shorts shortlist of books under 150 pages. While he won’t know the outcome until April 16, he did expound on why he loves writing short fiction.

Kyrgyzstan: Rumors Around President

  26 March 2008

The Azamat Report says that Rumors about Kyrgyzstani president's death spread yesterday around Kyrgyzstan, becoming a #1 story on the Kyrgyz blogosphere. It is alleged also that he is undergoing medical treatment abroad, as he has not been in the country for nearly 4 weeks.

Maldives: Youth and Drugs

  25 March 2008

Power to the People from Maldives asks why youth in the country turns to drugs, and an interesting discussion follows in the comments space.

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World Water Day Ripples Across Videos.

  24 March 2008

Every year since the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, on March 22nd has been the World Water Day. In addition, this year it is the United Nation´s International Year of Sanitation and people from all over have started taking action through their video cameras, raising awareness at the importance of this finite resource.

Maldives: Living with contaminated groundwater

  23 March 2008

As the world observed World Water Day on March 22, issues concerning sanitation and access to safe water were discussed and debated in the media. This year’s theme for WWD is sanitation as 2008 is the International Year of Sanitation. Maldivian bloggers have brought water and sanitation issues to the...

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Japan: Rokkasho nuclear reprocessing plant fuels debate

  21 March 2008

The village of Rokkasho, situated Aomori prefecture in the north of Japan's main island Honshū, hosts a nuclear facility for reprocessing spent nuclear fuel, the first of its kind in Japan. While the scale of this reprocessing plant dwarfs standard nuclear plants, most Japanese citizens have up to recently known little to nothing of its existence. This has started to change recently with demonstrations held in various parts of the country by citizen groups. Bloggers have also picked up this debate, offering varying perspectives on the costs and benefits of the latest development of Japan's nuclear industry.

Hong Kong: Too Clean?

  18 March 2008

After the SARS epidemic in Hong Kong, the city is getting more and more hygienic, however, Diumanpark wondered if being too clean would reduce body resistance to virus and bacteria [zh].

Republic of Congo: Campaign for health rights

  13 March 2008

Campaigning for health rights in the Republic of Congo: “Indigenous people in all areas of Congo Brazzaville live in precarious conditions and are subjected to discrimination and marginalisation, which prevents them from benefiting from all the rights recognised by international human rights instruments, particularly the right to health care and...

Japan: Mythical Body Worm

  13 March 2008

Edo from Pink Tentacle introduces a 16th Century medical book which explains body diseases with body worms and describes how to fight them with acupuncture and herbal remedies.

Hong Kong: Flu Statistic

  12 March 2008

Chainsaw Riot blogs the statistic of flu over the past few years to show that the situation of flu is no worse than the past. However, the number of flu patients visiting public hospital has increased after the media reported about the sudden death of a girl with flu symptom...

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