Category: Global Health

The Invisible Killer

Last week, the Lancet published a series of articles and studies on stillbirths, compiling information on the rarely examined issue. While many of us have heard of the widely discussed Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, stillbirths are considered a hidden problem. Each year there are 2.6 million stillbirths, with 98% of the cases occurring in middle …

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Antibiotic Resistance

An Analysis into the Latest Threat Humanity Faces One of the leading causes for the rise of average life expectancy in the 20th century was the development of effective antibiotics. Antibiotics are defined as any compound that either kills or severely impedes the growth of bacteria. Penicillin and other antibiotics were termed ‘wonder drugs’ and …

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Calling for Help: Cell Phones and Obstetric Fistulas

Currently, about 2 million women struggle with obstetric fistulas, a medical condition in which a fistula, or hole, develops in the birth canal. Fistulas are usually the result of a difficult childbirth, where several days of obstructed labor puts pressure on the soft tissues of the pelvis, resulting in a hole between the vagina and …

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Fighting Stigma – Women and TB

In 2009, 1.7 million people died from tuberculosis, a contagious bacterial disease that usually affects the lungs. TB poses a particular danger to women, as it is the third leading cause of death for women aged 15 to 44. Research shows that women are more likely to receive a late diagnosis, making the disease more …

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Back to Basics: Kangaroo Care

With new technological advancements and interventions introduced each year, it’s easy to forget that sometimes the simplest methods might be the most effective ones. The growing popularity of “kangaroo care” drives this point home, as some doctors and midwives are advocating a return to the basics when it comes to infant care. Introduced by Dr. …

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Home Birth Politics

Until recently, a midwife or a medical professional could be prosecuted for assisting in a home birth in Hungary. The controversy over home births made international headlines with arrest of Agnes Gereb, an experienced obstetrician who is also considered the main advocate for a woman’s right to choose her delivery location. On March 24th, she …

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Involving Men in Maternal Health

Over the past few weeks, I’ve talked about the importance of educating women to reduce maternal mortality. Many NGO programs agree with this focus, concentrating scare resources on providing women with information and training. At the same time, recent articles have suggested that this intense focus on female-only reproductive education may be shortsighted. In other …

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Water Changes Everything

Yesterday, on the 22nd of March 2011, was World Water Day. It was a day to raise awareness for something most people in developed nations take for granted – clean drinking water. Right now, almost a billion people don’t have access to clean and safe drinking water. That’s about one in every eight people.  Only …

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FDA Warns: Raw Milk May Pose Health Risk!

In my post “To test or not to test“, I talked about the possibility of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) beginning tests on milk (from farms that repeatedly sold cows tainted with drug residue).  Well, earlier this month, the FDA put out the above poster as a warning to the public.  Apparently, the FDA …

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No Toilet, No Bride

The World Bank estimates that poor hygiene and a lack of toilets in India have cost the country over $54 billion annually. This economic cost comes in the form of lost tourism, premature deaths, and a reduction in productivity due to illness. In India, 665 million people do not have access to toilets, the largest …

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