Category Archives: Public Health around the World

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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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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