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· October, 2010

Stories about Health from October, 2010

Haiti: Cholera Outbreak

  29 October 2010

Dying in Haiti says: “Port-au-Prince and its slums do not need a cholera epidemic. I can't hardly think of a worse nightmare. Haiti is beyond fragile at this point and the people are suffering more than I have ever seen.”

Barbados: Make Your Mark

  26 October 2010

Jdid takes issue with comments suggesting that the late David Thompson's “focus on being prime minister led to his demise”; on the contrary, the diaspora blogger says: “I hope the youth take note of his work and strive to make their mark like he did.”

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Jamaica: Farewell to the “Cool Ruler”

  25 October 2010

Jamaican reggae icon Gregory Isaacs, popularly known as the “Cool Ruler”, died this morning at this home in London, after a long battle with cancer. Possessing one of the most soulful voices in the reggae genre, Isaacs was probably best known for his song “Night Nurse” (from the 1982 album of the same name). The Jamaican blogosphere has been active upon hearing news of his death, to the point where the late singer has become a trending topic on Twitter.

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Barbados: A Nation Mourns

  24 October 2010

Barbados - along with the rest of the region - is in mourning following the untimely death of Barbadian Prime Minister David Thompson, who passed away yesterday from pancreatic cancer. At 48 years old, he was one of the youngest Caribbean heads of state and bloggers across the Caribbean archipelago are paying their respects…

Haiti: Cholera!

  22 October 2010

As a cholera outbreak hits Haiti, bloggers discuss this latest assault on the already besieged country.

D.R. of Congo: Mobile Phone Light Saves Life of a Mother

  20 October 2010

Mobile phone light saves life of a mother in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo: “Everyone is healthy in the end, but she was required to undergo a C-section. Apparently during the operation, the electricity at the hospital went out, and there was somehow no petrol on hand to run...

Cuba: Plea for Dr. Biscet

  20 October 2010

The daughter of political prisoner Oscar Biscet pens a letter to President Obama; Blog For Cuba republishes it here, while Uncommon Sense says: “This is the moment for friends of Cuban liberty to speak up and act on behalf of Dr. Biscet and other Cubans imprisoned because of their faith...

Zimbabwe: Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe Support Ministry of Health

  19 October 2010

Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe have released a statement supporting the call by the Ministry of Health to provide condoms to prisoners: “The danger of sexual violence in prisons is extremely increased under conditions of severe overcrowding and malnutrition such as currently prevails in Zimbabwe.Prison culture encourages men to have...

Nigeria: Success story of polio vaccination

  19 October 2010

Nigeria Health Watch discusses the success story of polio vaccination in Nigeria: “Firstly, there was an increased involvement of traditional, religious and political leaders in promoting vaccinations and encouraging acceptance within our communities, helping to turn the tide.”

India: Village Health Issues

  18 October 2010

Brijesh Nair visited a village in the state of Tamil Nadu in India and found that the drinking water infrastructure in a “lower caste community” was in poor condition causing health issues among the village people.

India: Twitter For Blood

  18 October 2010

Suresh C introduces to us an innovative tool in India called tweet4blood. Developed by Thejesh, this Twitter based tool lets you request for blood to followers @tweet4blood who are donors. Tweets are also hashtagged city wise for easy finding.

Japan: Ancient anatomical illustrations

  16 October 2010

Pinktentacle published a series of anatomical illustrations [en] that date back to the Edo period (1603-1868). Each illustration is followed by a caption that describes the publication where it first appeared and its scientific value.

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Mexico: The Lerma River is Dying

  15 October 2010

The Lerma Santiago River is Mexico’s second longest river. It used to be a source of drinking water for the capital and the central part of the country, but today the river is infected by a considerable number pollutants.

Honduras: The Lack of Clean Water

  15 October 2010

Laurie says that statistics on water conditions are “too big to grasp! But here in the elbow of Central America, I get it. Water, or the lack of clean water, kills people. They get diarrhea, cholera or hepatitis. They lose their kids. Their hope. They stay in poverty.” Laurie knows...

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Video: How to keep water clean and use it wisely

  15 October 2010

From tips on reusing gray water or minimizing wasted water when we flush the toilet, to kids in the Valle del Colca in Peru explaining the importance of keeping community water sources clean. Join us on Blog Action Day as we tour the world with World Conservation Videos

Africa: Write About Water in Africa for Blog Action Day

  15 October 2010

You are invited to blog about water in Africa for Blog Action Day: “Happy Blog Action Day everyone! The topic this year is WATER. Kabissa members are invited to blog about water in AFRICA. You can send in your posts via email to connect@groups.kabissa.org or post online to http://kabissa.org/group/connect (if...

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