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· June, 2010

Stories about Health from June, 2010

Cuba: Spotlight on Fariñas

“In the wake of the death of political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo, Cuban independent journalist Guillermo Fariñas started a hunger strike to demand the release of some two dozen seriously...

Worldwide: The oil spills that don't make the news

The tragic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has the world's attention on the devastation that badly managed oil extraction can bring. However, in some places around the world,...

South Korea: Worries Over Apocalypse Health Care Reform May Bring

As South Korean government moves a step closer to execute a health care reform, bloggers have erupted online, strongly criticizing the idea of reform as neither effective nor egalitarian.

Afghanistan: Drug use keeps on rising

Nick Fielding reviews a report from the UN's Office of Drug Control, which indicates that almost a million people in Afghanistan – roughly 8 per cent of the population between...

Barbados: Slow Decisions

Barbados Underground is concerned about “the slow pace of decision making in government.”

China: Online World Cup sick leave doctor note

Want to watch World Cup rather than going to work? You can buy sick leave doctor online! (more from Shanghaiist)

China: Private health care

Tessa Thorniley from DANWEI blogs about the development of private health care business in China.

Israel: Storing Water for Emergencies

When you live in the Middle East, water is essential to your daily survival. Israeli Kitchen recommends ways to store water in preparation for an emergency and what water sources...

India: Groundbreaking Verdict On Maternal Mortality

Chhaya Path informs about two groundbreaking court cases on maternal mortality which will have immense health policy implications in India.

Bangladesh: Save Dhaka Now

Anwarul Kabir at Mukto Mona blog analyzes Dhaka's unplanned growth which is causing many dire consequences like water-logging, pollution, changes in hydro-geological system, and building collapse.

South Africa: Soccer and Social Change

Lisa Kays, writing for GlobalGoodness, tackles the role of playing soccer/football in promoting social change in Africa.

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Price of “Progress”

Abeni notices the proliferation of fast food franchises in St. Vincent and the Grenadines: “As our nation gorges itself on fast food and channel surf to our leisure we get...

Trinidad & Tobago: Media & Food

“The food industry is engaged in a number of strategies, sometimes considered questionable, to control the dissemination of information and the general response to their products”: Simply Trini Cooking considers...

Pakistan: Seeking sanity

Fatima Ajmal in a post at Teeth Maestro points out the need for greater awareness regarding mental health in Pakistan, removal of social stigmas associated with mental illness, and calls...

Haiti: Farmers’ Rights

The Haitian Blogger republishes a Facebook report that supports Haitian farmers “in their epic fight against the Monsanto multinational corporation.”

India: Bhopal Gas Tragedy Verdict – too little too late?

More than 25 years after India's worst ever Industrial disaster, a court in Bhopal has pronounced a guilty verdict on the Indian arm of Union Carbide (UCIL) and also convicted...

Concert for Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness in Paris

As sickle cell anemia came in the spotlight with the withdrawal of French  soccer player Lassana Diarra from World Cup because of the disease, the APIPD (Association for Information &...

Bangladesh: Burning Inside

Asif Saleh at Unheard Voice writes about a tragic fire in a building in the congested old Dhaka, where more than 100 people died and questions the fire safety measures...

Haiti: “No” to Monsanto

“Today, tens of thousands of Haitian farmers and earthquake-displaced peasants will gather on the occasion of International Environment Day to preserve the agricultural lifeblood of the nation”: Repeating Islands blogs...

Bulgaria: Bankya Sanatorium Appeal

Maya Markova of Maya's Corner reports that “[a therapy facility] for children with cerebral palsy in the town of Bankya near Sofia is being closed down,” translates a letter written...

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