Category Archives: Public Health

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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PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE: Antibiotic Crisis

by Sophie Bourquin For the last 70 years, antibiotics have been used to treat patients with infectious diseases, as a result, associated illnesses and deaths have been reduced considerably. However, antibiotics have been widely used for so long, that the infectious organisms that antibiotics are designed to kill have evolved and adapted to antibiotics, making the drugs less effective. In some

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PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE: Nov 2014

M-Health: the future of healthcare? By SOPHIE BOURQUIN 1. What is m-health? Mobile Health (m-Health) is a sub-segment of e-Health and covers medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices such as mobile phones, tablet computers and PDAs. The IMS institute for healthcare informatics estimates that 23.682 mobile apps are currently related to healthcare. Two thirds (16.275) of those

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