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· June, 2009

Stories about Health from June, 2009

Sri Lanka: No To Beef

Sri Lankan blog Scourge comments on a poster that advocates how cruel it is to slaughter a cow and for that we should refrain from eating beef: “how you can...

Russia: Lingering high mortality rates

Streetwise Professor writes about the prevalent high mortality rates among the Russian population, based on figures from the Lancet published by Reuters, with interesting comments by Sublime Oblivion.

Myanmar: 1st H1N1 Case Confirmed

Myanmar on Saturday confirmed its first case of swine flu, with state media reporting that a 13-year-old girl had tested positive for the virus on her return from Singapore.

Kenya: The politics of Mass Male Circumcision

HIV Kenya discusses the politics of “Mass Male Circumcision“: It seems like a short time since the issue of mass male circumcision (MMC) became a political football and it is...

Jamaica, Barbados: Updates on H1N1

Yardflex.com says 19 Jamaicans have been infected with the H1N1 virus, while Barbados Underground cautions that Swine Flu can't be blamed for everything.

Trinidad & Tobago: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Trinidad and Tobago-based blogger Attillah Springer addresses the judge whose ruling caused construction on the proposed Alutrint aluminium smelter to come to a halt: “This victory is for denuded hills...

Philippines: A(H1N1) panic continues to grow

Asia’s first A(H1N1)-related death is a Filipina from Metro Manila. This was confirmed by health authorities who also warned that 25 percent of the country’s 90 million population could be...

Philippines, Hong Kong: Swine flu and racial profiling

After being tagged as superbug carriers, Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong are now accused of spreading A(H1N1) virus in the city. Kape’t Yosi believes this is racial profiling.

Bahrain: Making Changes

This week two Bahraini bloggers announced their intention to make some changes in their life: Flymenian has a new routine, and Mahmood wants to lose weight.

Trinidad & Tobago: H1N1

This Beach Called Life: “Swine Flu, A(H1N1), has now hit Trinidad and Tobago with the number of cases increasing daily causing facemaks to become as popular as condoms at Carnival.”

Palestine: Water Contamination In Gaza

In Gaza reports on the problem of access to water and the contamination of existing water resources in the Gaza Strip due to the destruction of infrastructure during Israel's attacks...

Egypt: Between the Swine Flu and Approaching Plague

Terror and panic have gripped many Egyptians after the first case of H1N1 influenza, or Swine Flu, was detected in the country. The panic had actually started before the virus...

Trinidad & Tobago: Smelter & Democracy

As a legal ruling causes construction on the proposed Alutrint aluminium smelter to come to a halt, This Beach Called Life comments: “This case is destined to go to the...

Mexico: Water Shortages Affecting Nearly 2 Million Residents

Nearly two millions of citizens have been affected by the recent reduction of the water service in the Valley of Mexico. The Cutzamala System, which manages 20% of the drinking...

Bahrain: Equipped For Swine Flu?

Bahraini blogger Emoodz asks why a student returning from the US who was feeling unwell was sent home from the doctor with some painkillers – then was later discovered to...

Trinidad & Tobago: The Outsiders

“We are all begging to be let in. For our voices to be heard. For our opinions to matter. And the father of the nation builds a big tall wall...

Barbados: Tourism and H1N1

Barbados Free Press is torn: should Barbados admit a cruise ship at the risk of increasing the incidence of the H1N1 virus – or go for the tourism dollars?

Paraguay: Governmental Response to Arrival of H1N1 Virus

New cases of the AH1N1 virus have been confirmed in Paraguay. The total people infected rose to 25, however, there have not been any deaths linked to the virus. Bloggers...

Cambodia: Health education

Keo Kounila and Hay Phirum write about the many challenges confronting Cambodia’s medical education.

Trinidad & Tobago: Smelter Protest

Rights Action Group T&T republishes a letter to the editor regarding an “imbalanced” news report claiming that an injured baby died as a result of the smelter protests, while This...

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Juhie Bhatia is the Global Health editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.


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