Tag: Healthcare

Restricting Abortion: A Questionable Tool for Increasing Macedonia’s Birth Rate

by Natasha Dokovska -Macedonia- In 2013, Macedonia’s Christian Democrat party adopted a new law on termination of pregnancy restricting a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion. Macedonia’s new abortion law has generated controversy not only for the non-scientific,

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Documenting the Dark Side of Maternal Mental Health

by Danielle Steer -USA – Suicide is a common postpartum complication. When I first heard that 1 in 7 women suffer from a maternal mental health complication like pregnancy depression or postpartum depression and that 1 in 1000 will suffer

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Indigenous Interpreters Provide Missing Link for Natividad Medical Center Patients

by Kate Daniels Kurz, The WIP Director Natividad Medical Center, located in Salinas, California – the heart of California’s “Salad Bowl” – is one of the state’s 19 public safety net hospitals. Providing healthcare services to patients regardless of their

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Sex Workers in India Move from Stigma to Empowerment

by Urmila Chanam -India- “I believe we still have not reached the last sex worker and we will walk until we reach her.” – Ashodaya Samithi member, Mysore, India. In 2004, a handful of women visited Sonagachi in Kolkatta’s Shobha

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Religious Beliefs Prevent Kenyan Parents from Seeking Conventional Medicine for Children

by Rachel Muthoni -Kenya- In a bid to keep their religious faith, some Kenyan parents do not take their children to hospitals, even for the most basic immunization. Such parents believe that only God heals and seeking conventional medicine is

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VIP Falcon Health Care in the United Arab Emirates

by Victoria Aitken -UK- Ever heard of a hospital which is an international tourist attraction recommended by guidebooks and airlines? Where state of the art medical technology is virtually limitless? And whose patients are all VIPs yet never complain? Welcome

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Empowering Pakistani Women through Education and Family Planning

by Zubeida Mustafa -Pakistan- Empowerment is opening up new spaces for personal development for women in Pakistan. As opportunities for education come within their reach women are learning how to upgrade their lives. This has brought the realization that a

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Inflation in Kenya Drives Women to Commercial Sex Work

by Rachel Muthoni -Kenya- With the current inflation in Kenya, the number of Commercial Sex Workers (CSW) in Nakuru, the capital of the most populated Rift Valley province, is rising steadily – a trend that began after the 2007-2008 post-election

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When Breast Implants Are Ticking Time Bombs: The PIP Scandal

by Aralena Malone-Leroy -France- In late December 2011, while most Europeans were doing last-minute holiday shopping and preparing for gargantuan meals and family festivities, hundreds of thousands of women spent achingly sleepless nights, worried that their breast implants might be

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Cancer in Kenya Should Not Be A Death Certificate

by Joyce J. Wangui -Kenya- Biopsy, mammogram, and chemotherapy are words all too familiar with cancer patients. Death is another word often at the tip of many tongues as patients describe the disease. Kenyans are coming to terms with cancer,

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