Stories about Health from July, 2008
Dominica, U.S.A.: Politics & People
Chris at Dominica Weekly has “taken a strong interest in the US Presidential Election”, which leads him to consider the state of politics in his own country: “Perhaps the most effective thing we can do is speak our truth to power, speak up for what we need, and demand certain...
Trinidad & Tobago: Living the Truth
Blogging from Trinidad and Tobago, Ramblings and Reason bursts with pride when her “friend David not only got on a stage and said that he is a gay man, he also said he is living with HIV and has been for 11 years. For him, it was about being honest....
Cuba, Mexico: Good Relations
“I’ve always admired how Mexico, despite its own internal contradictions and conflicts, was able to dodge the US pressure on Cuba…in the early 1960s”: On a recent trip to Mexico City, Havana-based blogger Circles Robinson has a chat with an immigration officer that makes him realize “Mexico is no exception”...
Trinidad & Tobago: Searching for Truth
“One man says we are living under a dictatorship. The other asks, ‘What are you talking about? This isn’t dictatorship. Pinochet, now that was a dictator.’ Sometimes it’s so easy to identify with the first guy”: The Manicou Report plays “the armchair analyst” after an on-air showdown between a reporter...
Soviet History: Nuclear Disaster Areas
The Turkish Invasion posts a link to a documentary photo site on nuclear disaster areas in the former Soviet Union.
Arabeyes: Mourning Youssef Chahine
Tributes are pouring in from bloggers from around the Middle East and North Africa, mourning the death of renowned Egyptian film maker Youssef Chahine. Born in Alexandria in 1926, Chahine has left behind a legacy, and millions of fans and followers across the region.
Singapore: Negative outcome of organ trade
A Singapore blogger lists the possible negative outcomes if organ trading is to be legalized in the world
Egypt: Better Way to Die
“I will probably die of cancer. To be more exact metastatic cancer, which is when cancer spreads from one part of the body to every other part supplied by blood or lymphatics. Actually this would be a better way to die than a fatal crash or suicide,” writes Egyptian blogger...
Mozambique: Why our leaders never use our hospitals?
Custódio Duma [pt] comments on the news that Mozambique's Defence Minister Filipe Nyussi was evacuated to South Africa after having his arm injured in a traffic accident. “Last week I heard the Health Minister say at the RDP Africa that Maputo Central Hospital has now world-class wards… So: Why is...
Malawi: Healthworkers use of Frontline SMS
Kiwanja describes some of the initiatives that are using the software Frontline SMS (an collective SMS service for NGOs), such as Josh Nesbit in Malawi who's using it “to drive field communications between a local hospital and its six hundred roaming community health workers (CHWs)”.
AIDS: XVII International Conference call for videos
The XVII International AIDS Conference will take place in Mexico City between August 3rd and the 8th, and Witness' THE HUB has a series of videos uploaded by community members and organizations reflecting diverse approaches to HIV-AIDS related issues. The innitiative is towards creating a repository of work, testimonies, video and photographs to be shared through their site before, during and after the conference.
Singapore: Should government legalize organ trade?
An important debate is raging in Singapore: Should government legalize organ trade? Health officials, medical specialists and bloggers are exchanging views about the issue.
Indonesia: Oil company endorses improper use of motorcycles?
My Busy Brain criticizes an oil company for distributing pamphlets which indirectly encouraged improper use of motorcycles in Indonesia
Iran:Two Leaders in fight against HIV/AIDS arrested
Saffron Sky writes that two physician brothers (Drs. Kamiar and Arash Alaei), who have been recognized internationally for their work in the development of HIV/AIDS programs and services in Iran, are being held in prison by the Iranian government for about one month.
Morocco's Smoking Ban
The View from Fez reports that Morocco has banned smoking in public places. It remains unseen how the law will be enforced.
Central & Eastern Europe: IMF Policies and TB Deaths
Eternal Remont draws attention to a recent study from Cambridge University claiming that IMF's policies in Eastern Europe during the 1990s implicitly caused the deaths of some 100,000 people from tuberculosis.
Uruguay: Fundraising for Pereira Rossell Hospital
The Pereira Rossell hospital in Montevideo, Uruguay is where the greatest number of children are born each year. Parte Pagana [es] writes about a fundraising campaign that benefits this busy hospital.
Serbia: Radovan Karadzic was Disguised as a Doctor
Radovan Karadzic lived in Belgrade under false name of Dragan David Dabic. He was disguised as an alternative medicine doctor and even worked in one private clinic in Belgrade. He also was a contributor to the Healthy Life magazine and took part in forums and lectures, gathering up to several hundred people. At the time of the arrest, Radovan Karadzic (aka Dragan Dabic) had long hair and a white beard. Sinisa Boljanovic translates Serbian bloggers' reactions to this astonishing piece of news.
China: Will Yao help China win basketball gold?
No doubt many eyes will be on Yao Ming during the Olympics, but will China's men's basketball team be able to take the gold? More on that at sometimes sports blogger the black China hand in The Luanda Shiver
Nigeria: Much ado about nudity
Fadekemi at ConnectAfrica comments on a recent bill proposal to prohibit and punish nudity in Nigeria, among other offences: “Nigeria is Africa’s most populous nation […] faced with so many issues ranging from the Niger-Delta crisis to the high rate of infant mortality. According to Senator Eme Ufot Ekaette who...
Bahamas: Condom Culture
“The Bahamas has been negatively impacted by the scourge of the HIV/AIDS virus and other STDs via unprotected sex, with a growing number of teenagers being among the infected”: Adrian Gibson at WeblogBahamas makes a case for having condoms available in schools.