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Visualizing health disparities in war and peace: Israel vs Palestine

Conflict between Israel and Palestine has resumed, with Israeli airstrikes killing top Hamas leaders and Hamas executing Palestinians they suspected of collaborating with Israel. The deadly cycle begins again, with civilian casualties mounting in Gaza as leaders on both sides blame each other for the breakdown in negotiations. To date, more than 2,000 Palestinians and

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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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Mental Health Reflection – You are not weak.

This week, guest blogger Ashley Ng writes a reflective piece and poem on Mental Health, as Mental Health Day rolls by. Ashley is a PhD student at Deakin University and lives with diabetes. NCDFREE have recently launched their global campaign called #TheFace of NCDs. NCDs or Non-Communicable Diseases are health conditions that are non-infectious and cannot be passed from one person to another.


Evaluation of an inter-professional training program for student clinical supervision in…

Background: As a response to an Australian shortage of clinical health, nursing, and medical placements, Commonwealth Government funding has been directed to expand student training opportunities and increase the competence and number of available clinical supervisors.


Ban Calls For Improved Care For Schizophrenia On World Mental Health Day

U.N. News Centre: On World Mental Health Day, Ban calls for improved care for schizophrenia “Suffering from schizophrenia should not have to mean enduring ‘a life sentence of isolation and poor physical health,’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said [Friday] as he urged the creation of better support networks and services for people living with the mental…More


Lack Of Sanitation Leads To Health Problems In Uganda, But Local Solutions Offer Progress

Al Jazeera America: Unclogging Uganda’s rural sanitation crisis “…Poor sanitation and hygiene are contributing factors to three-quarters of the diseases found [in Uganda], according to Julian Kyomuhangi, assistant commissioner for environmental health at Uganda’s Ministry of Health. … Foreign aid officials working on sanitation in Uganda say the most effective model they’ve found is one…More


Visualizing health disparities in war and peace: Israel vs Palestine

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Conflict between Israel and Palestine has resumed, with Israeli airstrikes killing top Hamas leaders and Hamas executing Palestinians they suspected of collaborating with Israel. The deadly cycle begins again, with civilian casualties mounting in Gaza as leaders on both sides blame each other for the breakdown in negotiations. To date, more than 2,000 Palestinians and


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.


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