Category: Global Health

Making Community Health Programs Sustainable

Last week in my blog post I discussed the limitations that prevent community health programs from becoming fully effective. The majority of these problems revolved around the issue of sustainability- many programs aren’t able to remain functional and effective after the initial stages of program implementation. So the question is, how do you increase the …

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Successes and Failures of Community Health Programs

In 2006, the World Health Organization estimated a shortage of 4.2 million health workers, making the lack of health care professionals a global problem.  In 57 countries, there are less than 23 doctors, nurses and midwives for every 10,000 people. In addition, these workers are often concentrated in cities and areas inaccessible to the rural …

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A Radical Notion that Women are People

Ever since the US House of Representatives became a Republican majority two months ago, the House, along with many state legislatures, have been churning out legislation targeted at limiting women’s rights, redefining victims of sexual assault and placing the lives of fetuses above their mother’s. There are currently three initiatives against abortion at the Federal …

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Increasing Hospital Births in India

In 2005, India introduced Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), an innovative program intended to reduce maternal and neo-natal mortality by providing women with cashincentives to give birth in a health facility. Currently, India ranks first in the number of maternal and under-5 deaths, with 68,000 women dying each year due to complications during or after childbirth. …

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Beyond Abortion

Last week, the House of Representatives voted to cut federal funding for PlannedParenthood. This was largely targeted at decreasing the organization’s ability to perform abortions. However, there will be a rippling effect if Planned Parenthood is unable to provide their general health care services. For women who suffer from health issues such as Endometriosis, cervical …

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So What Happens To Health Care?

A Federal Judge in Florida ruled on January 31, 2011, that the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act that was passed last year (known to many of us as the health care law), which extended health insurance to almost every American, is unconstitutional. According to Judge Roger Vinson, a district Judge in Florida and a …

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To test or not to test?

The Dairy Industry vs. The Food and Drug Administration The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) intends to begin testing milk from farms that repeatedly sold cows tainted by drug residue. The regulators are concerned because of results of tests done by the Department of Agriculture on dairy cows, which were sent to be slaughtered at …

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