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Realities of rape in war

By John Lotspeich:  “Collateral damage. Two words that change a woman who has been raped into a statistic. Two words that excuse sexual violence as Read More

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The World Health Assembly

Dear Colleagues, This week Remco van de Pas flew back and forth between the Netherlands (European elections), Antwerp (ITM) and Geneva (World Health Assembly), and he mailed me it’s been a gruelling week. Read below some of his first comments on the WHA, or ‘The World Health Theatre’, as he calls it.  More might follow early next week. … And finally it has arrived, The World Health Assembly in Geneva! This is something of an annual ritual for me.

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Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health 2014

The Global status report on alcohol and health 2014 presents a comprehensive perspective on the global, regional and country consumption of alcohol, patterns of drinking, Read More

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U.N. Stresses Importance Of Mental Health Among Youth, Commemorates International Youth Day

News outlets report on the U.N.’s call for more efforts to address mental health among youth as the body commemorated International Youth Day on Tuesday. U.N. News Centre: Celebrating Youth Day, U.N. stresses importance of good mental health “Each year 20 per cent of the world’s young people experience a mental health condition, the United Nations…More


Abortion law in Muslim-majority countries: an overview of the Islamic discourse with policy…

Religion plays a significant role in a patient’s bioethical decision to have an abortion as well as in a country’s abortion policy.


Article: Can Aid Donors Help Support LGBT Rights in Developing Countries?

Rachel Hammonds reflects on Monday’s half-day event at ODI exploring whether international aid can play a role in defending lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights in developing countries. The 7 July Overseas Development Institute (ODI) conference addressing this issue was a lively, thought provoking event. The excellent chairing by the witty Simon Fanshawe (Kaleidoscope Trust) ensured that the packed panels (7 minutes per speaker!) progressed more smoothly than my fraught Channel crossing Eurostar ordeal involving over eight hours of delays. LGBT Discrimination – a Trojan Horse? Jessica Horn (African based women’s rights consultant) argued persuasively that the choice to discriminate is a political one and that LGBT-phobia is a Trojan Horse through which African leaders can distract voters and restrict debate on other power related issues.  Several panellists suggested that Western grandstanding helps further polarize the issue and is counterproductive.  There was much agreement that it is time for Westerners to get off the moral high horse and quietly fund the priorities of grass roots activists and engage with global and regional mechanisms like the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights.


GlobalPost Examines Cambodia’s Mental Health Crisis

GlobalPost: Cambodia suffers from an appalling mental health crisis “…In 2012, in a first attempt to define the scope of Cambodia’s mental health crisis, the Royal University of Phnom Penh interviewed 2,600 people. More than 27 percent showed acute anxiety, and 16.7 percent suffered from depression. … [However,] mental health is simply not a priority……More


Book Review: The Adventure of the Cure That Wasn’t

Marzieh Ghiasi and Madhukar Pai from McGill University & McGill International TB Centre, Montreal, review “The Remedy” by Thomas Goetz Robert Koch raised the hopes of millions of tuberculosis patients with his remedy (i.e. tuberculin) that turned out to be ineffective. Today, tuberculin is a widely used diagnostic test for latent tuberculosis infection (picture). Image credit: Madhukar Pai No image is more iconic of the Victorian age than that of a detective with a deerstalker cap, pipe, and magnifying glass roaming the dark streets of London in search of criminals and murderers. Hidden in plain sight, the real killers of the nineteenth century were infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, responsible for as many as a quarter of all deaths in that era.


Realities of rape in war

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By John Lotspeich:  “Collateral damage. Two words that change a woman who has been raped into a statistic. Two words that excuse sexual violence as Read More


IHP news 274: BRICs and global health

Dear Colleagues,   Last week was ‘World no Tobacco day’ -  you might recall we also paid quite some attention to the theme of the day (with a nicepieceby EV 2014 Swati Srivastava). At first sight, raising taxes on tobacco seems like a no brainer, both for health reasons and to raise money for public health (and even pro-poor) related purposes, including forUHC financing.The trouble is, whenever I read that these taxes are very effective, “especially for the poor” – who indeed change their behavior to a higher extent than less poor people, I wonder where are the effective taxes for the rich? Taxes that actually change théir behavior too, if this behavior is not very healthy (if not for themselves, then perhaps for the planet). Taxes they actually feel, that would have a proportional (i.e.


Syria Faces Mental Health Crisis Amid War

Foreign Policy: A Tidal Wave of Trauma Lauren Wolfe, journalist and director of Women Under Siege “…The World Health Organization estimates that three to four percent of people affected by an emergency (like the war in Syria) will develop severe mental health disorders, such as psychosis or severe depression. … Between the need to educate…More


The World Health Assembly

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Dear Colleagues, This week Remco van de Pas flew back and forth between the Netherlands (European elections), Antwerp (ITM) and Geneva (World Health Assembly), and he mailed me it’s been a gruelling week. Read below some of his first comments on the WHA, or ‘The World Health Theatre’, as he calls it.  More might follow early next week. … And finally it has arrived, The World Health Assembly in Geneva! This is something of an annual ritual for me.


Blog Examines Public Health Impacts Of Mental Health Disorders In Africa

Global Health Africa: Responding to the Needs of the Vulnerable: The State of Mental Health Care in Africa Diana Kingsbury, an instructor at Kent State University and a blog contributor, discusses the impacts of mental health and substance use disorders on public health systems in Africa (5/18).


Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health 2014

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The Global status report on alcohol and health 2014 presents a comprehensive perspective on the global, regional and country consumption of alcohol, patterns of drinking, Read More


Responding to the Needs of the Vulnerable: The State of Mental Health Care in Africa

In Africa, the problem of mental health and substance use disorders is particularly pronounced. GHA contributor, Diana Kingsbury, calls for governments and donors to increase their focus on mental health issues. Among the many public health challenges that impact countries worldwide, mental health and substance use disorders continue to rank among the most persistent. These […]


WHO Report Calls For Greater Focus On Adolescent Health, Particularly Mental Health

WHO: WHO calls for stronger focus on adolescent health “WHO’s ‘Health for the world’s adolescents’ report reveals that depression is the predominant cause of illness and disability for both boys and girls aged 10 to 19 years. The top three causes of adolescent deaths globally are road traffic injuries, HIV/AIDS, and suicide. Worldwide, an estimated…More


Empowering Nurses to Improve Care in Haiti

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Clinical Nurse Administrator Naomie Marcelin conducts rounds at University Hospital in Mirebalais with nurses Jeddidiah Claude Pierre, Carline Gerome, Marie Synndie Aime, Heraldine Aneas, and Abdonie Laguerre. Photo by Rebecca E. Rollins/Partners In Health A circle of nurses pauses at one bed and then the next, discussing the progress of each patient inside a clean, spacious ward of University Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti. They approach the bed of a woman with end-stage AIDS. She is emaciated, awake but hardly responsive.


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