Category Archives: Public Health

Elderly abuse in India: “It’s high time to speak up now for elderly rights and protection”

by Dr. Santosh K. Yatnatti India is the second most populated country in the world with the population of around 1.3 billion with old people accounting for 104 million. Out of which, 53 million are females and 51 million males. The decreased mortality rates and increased life expectancy have contributed to more percentage of elders compared to previous years. The proportion

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Culture and tradition should not be an excuse for abuse

by Priscilla Ajiji In 2009, I was enrolled in my dad’s favorite boarding school. I say favorite because he could simply get an admission by making a phone call to the Headmaster. Why him? Well, that is another day’s story. I quickly made friends with Sarah, she hailed from the Sebei tribe, situated East of Uganda. During one of our

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Achieving universal salt iodisation in the Philippines through health policy and promotion

by Julius Alejandre (Bangor University) Micronutrient deficiency has been a major public health concern especially in developing countries. This form of malnutrition does not just affect individuals and population groups, but also, a country as a whole – specifically in terms of human productivity and contribution to economic development. Deficiency in micronutrient has been attributed to a spectrum of clinical

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Air pollution in Sub-Saharan Africa

Deogratius Nsubuga WHO defines air pollution as the “contamination of indoor or outdoor environment by any chemical, physical or biological agent that modifies the natural characteristics of the atmosphere”. Some common sources of air pollution are household combustion devices, motor vehicles, industrial facilities and forest fires. Pollutants of major public health concern include particulate matter, carbon monoxide, ozone, nitrogen dioxide

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Zika virus linked to microcephaly epidemic in Americas

Maxine LANCELOT   The mosquitoes that carry Zika are now spread over an unprecedented portion of the earth due to the increasing temperatures, deforestation, and this year’s El Nino event, the largest in history. Amidst the international panic over the appearance of Zika virus in the Americas for the first time ever and a correlated spike in cases of microcephaly

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Indigenous peoples’ health affected by climate change

Maxine Lancelot Indigenous peoples contribute the least to greenhouse gas emissions, often living carbon-neutral or even carbon-negative lifestyles. Ironically, they are the most sensitive to the effects of deforestation, which challenges indigenous access to and ownership of traditional forest lands, and the emerge of climate-related health challenges exacerbated by high rates of poverty, marginalization, unemployment, and inadequate access to health

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Farm to Plate in 20sec – technological Revolution of Urban Farming

Sherry Lee A few days ago I came across an interesting article on Linkedin, “Microsoft’s Ingredient Revolution is Feeding its Employees Using High-Tech Vertical Farming”, featuring an interview of Mark and Jessica of the Microsoft Global Dining Services and Urban Farming. You have read it correct; this is Microsoft that markets in information technology. How did they become local farming

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Public Health Perspective: ASEAN Economic Community and Migration

ASEAN Economic Migration: Aspiration or Reality By Kanya BENJAMANEEPAIROJ The Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) was founded in 1967. With the charter of ASEAN, it focuses on several issues: economy, natural resources (such as energy), and other investments. The formation of ASEAN was followed by AFTA (ASEAN Free Trade Agreement), which is a direct result of a regional economic integration

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Public Health Perspective: Population Health and Environment

By Dorothy NAKIWALA Population Health and Environment (PHE), Ecosystem Health, One health are some of the many connotations of this fast growing integrated approach to development that dates back to the early 21st century.   These connotations are to some extent synonymous and highly dependent on the field or discipline that they are applied. In my previous work at one grass

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