Stories about Health from November, 2008
China: Too much time online? You got psychosis.
Facebook, twitter, blog, facebook, email, online game, then blog, how long have you stayed online? If you have stared at your computer screen and clutched your mouse for over 6.13 hours a day, you are, I am sorry, a person of mental disorder according to the latest official definition in China.
Haiti: Dire Situation
Konbit Pou Ayiti says that “although most of the world has moved on from the tragic stories of the four powerful storms that thrashed Haiti in August and September, Haitians certainly have not. In Gonaives, people are still living on the roofs of homes that are covered in mud. In...
Bangladesh: Meditation Course
Tahmin1’s Blog introduces the meditation methods practiced in Bangladesh and discusses its benefits.
Haiti: Visiting the Victims
Blesh Family in Haiti makes a visit to the General Hospital where some of the victims of the Petionville school collapse were taken: “We are glad we went & it was nice to be able to get the kids to smile but the situation is so devastating. Many of the...
Egypt: Mother incriminated in a case of FGM
On May 23, in a post titled The Victimization of Egyptian Women and Children, I quoted Fantasia – a girl who dreams of a better future for Egyptian women – who wrote about the new laws that were being discussed to protect children in Egypt. The first of which was...
Philippines: Reproductive Health debate
Should the Philippine Congress approve the Reproductive Health and Population Development Act of 2008? The Catholic Church opposes the measure. Many scholars and cause oriented groups are supporting it. What are the views of Filipino bloggers?
Cuba: Hospital Visit
“A bucket in one hand, a pillow under my arm, and a fan balanced on my hip”: Generation Y says that with hospitals in Cuba, “the patients’ families must bring everything.”
St. Vincent & the Grenadines: The Big 100
Blogging from St. Vincent and the Greandines, Abeni pays tribute to her village's two centenarians.
Obama's Victory: A Boost for Global Health?
As U.S. President-elect Barack Obama prepares for his four years in the White House, many are discussing how his term will impact health issues, globally and in the U.S., and if he will deliver on his campaign promises. As part of their campaign, Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden said...
Pakistan: A letter to the West
Mohammad Yusha at Chowrangi writes a letter to the West: “Time is money, dear West, and time is running out. More alcoholic beverages please. More stores. More. More. More.”
Ukraine: Harm Reduction and Law Enforcement
Harm reduction initiatives are gradually taking root in Ukraine, a country with one of the fastest growing HIV epidemics in Europe (e.g., the first methadone substitution therapy programs, still illegal in Russia, were introduced in Ukraine in 2004). But having the government's approval for such programs is not enough for them to succeed: for one thing, general public and law enforcement officials should be aware of the situation and of the efforts to change it for the better. Ukrainian blogger mazay writes about a recent attempt to educate a group of Kyiv police officers.
Brunei: Health projects
Climbing the Concrete Hills is happy over the several health-related projects in Brunei.
Myanmar: Traditional medicine
Myat Thura uploads an e-book about Myanmar's traditional medicine practices.
Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez meets a young woman who has had four abortions in her twenty-three years: “I was rattled by her illusion of leaving all her problems—housing, love or immigration—in the operating room, and pointed out that they are no longer doing abortions in hospitals. The reason is that...
Bangladesh: A documentary on child birth
In the beauty of all the Earth posts a documentary video on child birth in the rural Bangladesh. The bloggers says: “I hope you will find the time to view it and get a glimpse at what life in Bangladesh is like. I think you will also get a sense...
Morocco: Disappointed in Australia
Vagabondeuse writes of a German family denied entry into Australia because their son has Down's Syndrome.
Russia: Bureaucracy and LJ Activism in St. Petersburg
A story of bureaucracy, human suffering and online activism in St. Petersburg, which involves the state, elderly people with disabilities and a number of committed bloggers.
South Africa: Using Cell Phones To Combat AIDS
South Africa has found a new weapon in its fight against HIV/AIDS – cell phones. A new initiative will be sending free text messages daily to encourage South Africans to get tested and treated for the disease. The project, called Project Masiluleke or Project M, was announced last week at...
Saudi Arabia: Appeal and Your Sentence is Doubled up!!
Saudi Arabia has sentenced Egyptian doctor Raouf Amin to seven years in prison and 1,500 lashes. What for? Nermeen Edrees brings us the story straight from his wife's mouth - who blogged about it.