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In Rural Chhattisgarh, Health Problems Go Far Beyond Medical Definitions. In An Atlas of Rural Health, the Jan Swastha Sahyog has used personal experiences and case studies to explain why diseases reflect conditions of deprivation and inequality.

In Rural Chhattisgarh, Health Problems Go Far Beyond Medical Definitions

Representative image. Credit: Reuters/Anindito Mukherjee When thinking of a disease, it is natural to think of it in medical terms – questions of how rare, how curable, what medicines and procedures have been developed against it. But what this outlook sometimes ignores are the social realities that perpetuate diseases, perhaps making their impact far greater than those used to modern medicine would expect. There is a lot more that needs to be addressed when looking at health problems, public health specialists have often argued – awareness around diseases, access to an affordable healthcare system and the right medication, adequate nutrition to preserve the body’s immune system and the existence of sanitation facilities. A Nudge for Coverage: Last-Mile Problems for Health Insurance. By Timothy Murphy On March 23, 2010 President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

A Nudge for Coverage: Last-Mile Problems for Health Insurance

One of the primary objectives of the ACA was to reduce the number of uninsured Americans. And depending on the source, it appears that the number of uninsured has decreased by approximately 25 percent within the first year.[1] However, as noted in a recent Wall Street Journal article, 30 million Americans are still uninsured, despite the fact that nearly 20 percent would be eligible for coverage at almost no cost beyond the time it takes to enroll.[2] And in an effort to reach many of those who are still uninsured, federal officials intend to spend $32 million to increase enrollment and close this gap.[3]

HIV: Keeping the pressure up. THE latest dispatch from the war on HIV, the “Global AIDS Update 2016”, just published by UNAIDS, the UN agency responsible for combating the virus, brings qualified good news.

HIV: Keeping the pressure up

Last year, it estimates, there were 1.1m AIDS-related deaths, down from a peak of 2m in 2005 and a value of 1.2m in 2014. Last year also saw 2.1m new infections, down from a peak of 3.4m in 1998 but up from 2014’s estimate of 2.0m. By the end of 2015 some 17m people were taking anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs—2m more than the target number for that year, set by the UN in 2011. This accounts for the falling death rate. Should Prostitution Be a Crime? The abolitionists moved into the fight against global labor trafficking in the 1990s, focusing on sex trafficking, though most estimates suggest that the majority of trafficking victims are forced into domestic, agricultural or construction work.

Should Prostitution Be a Crime?

The abolitionists wanted to erase the traditional legal distinction between forced and consensual prostitution by cracking down on all of it as trafficking. In 1998, they tried to persuade President Bill Clinton — and Hillary Clinton, who was the honorary chairwoman of the Clinton administration’s council on women — to adopt their broad definition in an international crime treaty and a federal trafficking bill. Africa’s Vaccination Test by Folake Olayinka.

BOSTON – In February in Addis Ababa, African health ministers signed a widely celebrated declaration of their commitment to keeping immunization at the forefront of efforts to save the continent’s children from death and disease.

Africa’s Vaccination Test by Folake Olayinka

Fulfilling that commitment will be no easy feat. Immunization is not just a health issue; it is also an economic challenge. MSF Blasts U.S., Russia, Syria, and Saudi for Hospital Strikes. In a stinging rebuke, the president of French medical relief agency Medecins Sans Frontieres on Tuesday accused several governments, including the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Syria, of either directly attacking medical workers or participating in coalitions that have done so.

MSF Blasts U.S., Russia, Syria, and Saudi for Hospital Strikes

Speaking in a special session of the U.N. Security Council on the protection of health care workers, MSF leader Joanne Liu said four of the council’s five permanent members — Britain, France, Russia, and the United States — “have, to varying degrees, been associated with coalitions responsible for attacks on health structures over the last year.” The two serious problems with India’s new family planning push.

On April 5, Union Health Minister JP Nadda announced a basket of contraceptive choices for women including injectables and oral pills – all of which will be made available through the public health system under the National Family Planning programme.

The two serious problems with India’s new family planning push

The contraceptive choices in question are – the hormonal injectable contraceptive depot medroxyprogesterone acetate, or DMPA, Cenrchroman, a non-hormonal, non-steroidal drug, and progesterone only pills. Speaking at the National Family Planning Summit in Mumbai, Nadda said reducing fertility would lead to overall economic development in the country, particularly by reducing morbidity. The success of the programme will be beneficial for the “economic health of the nation,” he added. Controversial injectable. A Better Nursing Home Exists—Why Isn't It Everywhere? CHELSEA, Ma.

A Better Nursing Home Exists—Why Isn't It Everywhere?

—The woman Barry Berman saw sitting in the dining room of the nursing home was not his mother. The young continent. ON A trolley in a government clinic in rural Ethiopia lies Debalke Jemberu.

The young continent

As a medic and a nurse winkle the sperm-carrying tubes out of his testicles, he explains why he decided to have a vasectomy. He is a farmer, growing wheat, sorghum and a local staple grain called teff. But his plot is barely a quarter of a hectare. He already has four children, and has often struggled to provide for them. Despite soaring child-health spending, 40 million Indian children are stunted. Here are some health statistics for Indian children five years or younger: 38.7% are stunted (below normal height for the age), 19.8% are wasted (underweight and short) and 42.4% are underweight.

Despite soaring child-health spending, 40 million Indian children are stunted

This in a country that boasts a 40-year-old national child-health programme – now among the world’s largest – and increased spending on child health 200% over a decade. While child-undernourishment rates have declined, India still remains home to more than 40 million stunted children under five, more than any country, IndiaSpend reported, based on the India Health Report for Nutrition Security in India, 2015, released earlier this month by the Public Health Foundation of India. The PHFI study examines child-undernourishment data from the recent Rapid Survey on Children to study the impact of public spending on health. The study also analysis cultural practices, lack of drinking water and sanitation facilities and poverty. 1) The link between spending on child health and nutrition;

Michigan Mayor Declares State Of Emergency Over Lead Levels. A Flint resident cries out during the filing of a class action lawsuit against city and state government officials on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. JAKE MAY/MLIVE.COM /Landov hide caption toggle caption JAKE MAY/MLIVE.COM /Landov A Flint resident cries out during the filing of a class action lawsuit against city and state government officials on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. The Majority Of The World's 14 Million Cancer Cases Are Diagnosed In The Developing World : Goats and Soda. Usha Devi, who was treated for cervical cancer, prays at her house in Mumbai, India. Cervical cancer is one of the top four cancers in the developing world.

Rafiq Maqbool/AP hide caption toggle caption Rafiq Maqbool/AP Usha Devi, who was treated for cervical cancer, prays at her house in Mumbai, India. Cervical cancer is one of the top four cancers in the developing world. Rafiq Maqbool/AP The world has made a big commitment in recent years to treat and prevent infectious diseases like tuberculosis, AIDS and malaria. The majority of cancer cases — 57 percent — now occur in low- and middle-income countries. How Big Data, Logistics Are Helping Fight Infant HIV in Africa. © Time Inc. All rights reserved. Fortune.com is a part of the Time.com network of sites. Powered by WordPress.com VIP Email address or Password is incorrect Forgot Password? Want the Full Story? Can KJ Seung Change How the World Treats Tuberculosis?

Apocalypse Pig: The Last Antibiotic Begins to Fail – Phenomena: Germination. I mentioned on Monday that this past week was intended by the CDC, WHO and other health authorities to be a global awareness week for antibiotic resistance. Amartya Sen: Women’s Progress Outdid China’s One-Child Policy. The Caffeine-Alcohol Effect. When the world’s first energy drink debuted in 1987, it didn’t take long for Red Bull to find its way behind the bar. Bartenders soon started mixing Red Bull, Monster, and Rockstar with vodka, gin, Jagermeister, and hard cider. These caffeine-laced cocktails became so popular, major beverage companies created canned and bottled versions like Four Loko to sell in convenience stores.

In Heroin Crisis, White Families Seek Gentler War on Drugs. An Indefinite Sentence. I WAS 26 YEARS OLD in 1988, living in Delhi, where I had recently moved after several years as a graduate student in the United States. Everything Doesn't Happen For A Reason — Tim Lawrence. Why Nurse-Family Partnership Works in America but Failed in Britain. Nurse-Family Partnership is a decades-old program in which registered nurses visit poor, first-time single mothers, starting early in their pregnancies and continuing until the child turns two. I thought people should shop more for health care. Then I actually tried it. I spend most of my time writing about the health care system.