Stories about Health from May, 2014
Rwanda: The Good, the Bad and the Hopeful
Although Rwanda has made great strides in recovering from the 1994 genocide, advocacy groups continue to report human rights violations.
“How are We Malagasy Supposed to Provide School Supplies and Medications for our Children ?”
Malagasy blogger Tojo Fehizoro posted a spreadsheet that summarized the minimum cost of basic supplies for a Malagasy family of 4 with 2 children, 10 and 7 years old respectively. The spreadsheet lists the cost and description of each item [mg] and the combined salary of both parents: Monthly Income Monthly...
“We Are Not Paying Enough Attention to Teenagers’ Health”
The latest report from the World Health Organization (WHO) on the health of adolescents worldwide notes that : The top 3 causes of adolescent deaths globally are road traffic injuries, HIV/AIDS, and suicide. Worldwide, an estimated 1.3 million adolescents died in 2012. The report also adds that : Mortality rate...
Were Jamaican Professor's Statements Supportive of Anti-Homosexuality Laws?
Esteemed medical professor Brendan Bain was sacked from the University of the West Indies over court testimony in which he suggested that homosexuality can be a danger to public health.
A Low-cost Solution to Heal Cataract in Sub Saharan Countries
One of the main causes of blindness in sub saharan countries are cataracts. A group of french physicians has developed a surgical kit called “Phacokit” to treat at low-cost individuals suffering from cataract and help them recover their eyesight [fr]: Pour vaincre la cataracte, principale cause de cécité, notamment dans les pays pauvres,...
Cuba: The Joys of Getting Older
Cuban diaspora blog My big, fat, Cuban family shares 59 “wonderful truths” about aging.
Why are Saudis Kissing their Camels?
Saudis are defying the Coronavirus by kissing their camels and posting their photographs on Twitter and videos on YouTube.
VIDEO: “Same But Different” Kids With Disabilities Tell Their Stories
Eight British children with disabilities and medical conditions tell their stories in Same But Different, an award-winning documentary by David Barnes. It is a collection of short portraits of children who describe their lives, their strengths and weaknesses.
Being Gay in a Homophobic Caribbean
Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Two regional bloggers have taken note; one shares his experience of what it is like to be gay in the Caribbean.
The Pakistani Blogger Who Couldn't Walk But Inspired Others to Run
Sarmad Tariq never let his paralysis stop him from traveling the world as a motivational speaker and marathon athlete. He died April 30 at age 38 in Pakistan.
Dominican Republic: Infant Dies After Drug Police Raids the Ambulance She Was In
With her untimely death, four month-old "Carla Michel Ruiz Arias couldn't learn to smile, nor mention mom".
The Pissing Tanker is on a Mission to Stop Public Urination in India
Public urination is a problem in India, and efforts to solve the issue haven't had much impact. Enter the Pissing Tanker.