Stories about Health from January, 2008
India: Mandatory HIV/AIDS testing
To each its own on the rather contentious issue of mandatory HIV/AIDS testing.
Cuba: Odds & Ends
The Cuban Triangle posts a comprehensive roundup of stories relevant to Cuba this week.
Dominica, Venezuela: Refinery Work Started?
“We had occasion to drive through Jimmit today, and traffic was being diverted by PetroCaribe signs. Can it be that construction of infrastructure for the benighted Chavez Oil Refinery has begun?” Living Dominica is stunned by the possibility.
Cuba: Discussing Sex Education
Zenia of Regalado [es] writes about sex education in Cuba.
Poland: Public Health Underfunded
Our Man in Gdansk writes about the lack of state funding for such crucial areas as health care and education in Poland.
Armenia: Administrative Resources
With the presidential election in Armenia a little over a month away, Blogian comments on allegations from a friend in Yerevan that doctors in State-run hospitals are campaigning on behalf of the one of the candidates, Prime Minister Serge Sargsyan.
Brazil: Indigenous people dying of white man diseases
Alda Inacio [pt] is revolted by a piece of news that shows how the the many indigenous peoples of Brazil are dying of hepatitis B and other diseases spread by the white man, and by the lack of resources to deal with it. “What happens in Brazil is pure negligence,...
China: This week's mass incidents
Still several months to go until the Olympics, yet just the past few days have seen a number of unrelated mass incidents take place around the country, from the large protest at the Tianmen Party headquarters and a taxi driver strike in solidarity following the the recent beating to death...
Hungary: Illegal Parking
The Budapest Association of Disabled People has started a campaign against illegal parking, Pestiside.hu reports.
Mozambique: The lowest life span
Carlos Serra [pt] is optimistic about the report by the WHO that by 2025 the life span in Mozambique and other African countries will be of 60 years, the lowest in the world. “It seems to be a negative fact, perhaps we can have a more optimistic view if we...
Brazil: Yellow fever alert
“The Brazilian authorities have re-issued a health alert for visitors coming to Brazil and intending to visit certain regions of the country where yellow fever is endemic”. See a list of places where vaccination prior to travel is needed, plus basic facts about yellow fever in Brazil and general recommendations...
Portugal: For a decent health care
gotaelbr [pt] reports on a trip to a hospital in Vila Real, Portugal, and the tales of neglect that he has come across. “The principle of “whoever wants health care should pay for it” that some favor not only is contrary to what is established in our Constitution but also...
Lebanon: Battling Cancer
Lebanese Laila Abu Saba, who is battling cancer, updates us on her situation in this post.
Jordan: High Heels
Roba Al Assi, from Jordan, comments on high heels in this illustrated post.
China 2007: Online
In 2007, the internet performed as a platform on which people fulfilled what they might not be able to fully enjoy in the reality --- the freedom of speech, the public participation and the pursuit of justice. In China, the internet was a copy, an extension of the real world. To know about the former, you might know about the latter.
Lebanon: Under the Weather
In Lebanon, blogger Sophia is under the weather.
St. Vincent & the Grenadines: 2007 Events
“Political parties in the Caribbean took camapaigning to new heights with the use of the internet; one November afternoon, the earth shook for what seemed like an eternity”: Abeni welcomes the New Year by listing the events that stood out for her in 2007.