· August, 2009

Stories about Health from August, 2009

China: Curing Internet Addiction

  18 August 2009

ESWN brings into focus CCTV's investigative news story on “Curing Internet Addiction”, in which the reporter Chai Jing questioned the label of “mental illness” from those who use the Internet eight or more hours per day.

Cambodia’s AIDS colony

  18 August 2009

Various human rights groups have accused the Cambodian government of setting up a de facto AIDS colony when it resettled 40 families with HIV and AIDS to a village 25 kilometers outside Phnom Penh City

India: Swine Flu Scare

  14 August 2009

In India, the Swine flu deaths rose to twenty from ten in a matter of a couple of days. But panic is spreading more than the virus itself.

India: Hit By Swine Flu

  13 August 2009

As the number of deaths from Swine Flu in India crossed 20, fear has crept in among the inhabitants of the Maharashtra state. The South Asia blog opines that: “if this kind of situation continues then many people would become afraid and it will hurt the Indian economy a lot.”

El Salvador: Number of H1N1 Cases Leveling

  13 August 2009

Hunnapuh [es] notes that cases of the H1N1 virus have been leveling off in El Salvador and wonders whether it is due to the measures of keeping children out of schools. However, with the school year soon to restart, there might be a resurgence in the number of cases.

Cuba, U.S.A.: Prisoner in Poor Health

  12 August 2009

“Nobody, except the few of us motivated by our blood as Cubans and/or our consciences as free men and women, gives a damn”: Diaspora blogger Uncommon Sense shines a spotlight on the plight of Cuban political prisoner Ariel Sigler.

Malawi: The good, the bad and the hopeful in health care

  11 August 2009

In this post we highlight some of what Malawian bloggers are writing about the country's health care system. We look at bloggers describing developments in eye care, reflecting on midwifery, expressing shock over negligence in hospitals and government waste, and we end with rare good news about the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Trinidad & Tobago: Gay Pride

  10 August 2009

As 2009 gay pride season winds down, Trinidad and Tobago's gspottt clearly reiterates its goals: “It’s an issue of openness, acceptance and equality…it’s about having the right to be…no more, no less, just human.”

Antigua & Barbuda: Lessons from Working Girls

  10 August 2009

“For hundreds of years the feminist movement has been divided on the question of prostitution,” writes Antigua-based playing with ink, who thinks that “feminists…could learn a lot from sex workers who in many instances are exercising their right to self-determination, which includes deciding how they earn money given the economic...

Trinidad & Tobago: The Cost of Propaganda

  7 August 2009

“The ultimate stakeholders, the public, must know how much it cost to make propaganda for a project which is ruinous to its health, economy and ecology”: In calling for public access to the accounts of the proposed Alutrint aluminium smelter plant, Trinidadian blogger Rhea Mungal republishes a letter advising against...

Dominican Republic: Doctors on Strike

  6 August 2009

Doctors from the Dominican public health system have been on strike calling for a salary increase. However, the protest leave many wondering whether this is adversely affecting low-income families.

Maldives: Against ‘Condomization’

  6 August 2009

Dr Mauroof Hussain slams the public display of condom ads in Maldives and opines: “‘condomization’ of the society is not the solution for AIDS. Rather, promoting decency, family values and observing the limits set by our Creator is the only solution.”

Armenia: HIV-AIDS education and awareness

  3 August 2009

Unzipped: Gay Armenia commends the general manager of a local mobile telephone operator for his philanthropic work in Armenia. The blog says that despite the sometimes shady business environment in the country, Ralph Yirikian impresses many people and not least with his latest initiative to raise awareness of HIV-AIDS.

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