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Global Health Writes

A Call for Clinicians to Act on Planetary Health

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One of biggest threats to our health is the global ‘epidemic’ of the current climate disruption trends. An epidemic is described in the Cambridge dictionary as “a particular problem that affects many people at the same time”. Humanity is causing accelerating global environmental change on the planet. The climate graphs show an unacceptable upward trend […]

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Do You Know Your HIV Status?

In 2017, thirty-six million nine hundred thousand people globally live with HIV. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the people living with HIV know their HIV status. Compared to year 2010, people with access to antiretroviral treatment have increased by 58.3%.  This led to 32.9% reduction in mortality rate of people with HIV (2).

GLOBAL HEALTH WRITES CITIZEN JOURNALIST: Quam Kelani December 1, 2018 marked the 30th anniversary of World Aids Day. This year’s theme was “Know your status”. UNAIDS highlights the progress towards ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic but also highlights how much more we have to do (1). This involves making people aware of their HIV status in […]

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Inequality, Democratic Collapse and Climate Change: The Trial of Global Health Issues

GLOBAL HEALTH WRITES CITIZEN JOURNALIST: Eunice Phillip   The total contact time for delegates attending the two-day Global Health Exchange conference, held at the Royal College of Surgeon in Ireland (RCSI) during November 2018, was not more than 18 hours. This, however, cast no shadow over the richness of the different topics presented. In his […]

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My Right to Clean Air: A Child-Protection Dilemma in Humanitarian Settings

Despite this, the staggering number of children and continued use of polluting fuels in humanitarian settings leaves little doubt that global society fails to protect these vulnerable children. This is a direct violation of Article 24.2.c of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child, “To combat disease [through] provision of adequate nutritious foods and clean drinking water, taking into consideration the dangers and risks of environmental pollution.”

GLOBAL HEALTH WRITES CITIZEN JOURNALIST: Eunice Phillip   Poverty, displacement, and breakdown in family structure, as seen in refugee and displaced person’s camps, increase a child’s exposure to actual or potential harm or abuse. To protect the health and development of the child, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends creating safe and sustainable environments, and […]

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Ebola and conflict: the best partners in crime?

GLOBAL HEALTH WRITES CITIZEN JOURNALIST: Lise Carlier On the 1st of August 2018, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared an outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu. Dr Michael Ryan, the WHO’s Assistant Director General of Emergency Preparedness and Response joined us today all the way from DRC, via Skype, for the Global Health Exchange […]

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Menstrual Hygiene in Uganda: A need for Action

However, a study conducted during 2016 in Uganda’s Kamuli district found that over 90% of girls did not meet appropriate standards of MHM. Strong relations between menstrual hygiene and reproductive health make it crucial to find sustainable solutions to this problem.

GLOBAL HEALTH WRITES CITIZEN JOURNALIST: Lise Carlier Rosemary James, speaking today during the first day of the annual Global Health Exchange Conference, shared her work on menstrual hygiene management (MHM) in Uganda, on behalf of Uganda Red Cross. The WHO and UNICEF define MHM as a woman’s’ access to clean absorbents, that can be changed […]

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Training Local Doctors as Hotshots in Response to the Global Surgery Crisis

An estimated 5 billion people don’t have access to safe, affordable, and timely surgical and anaesthesia care. To put things into perspective, compared to Ireland’s 50 specialist surgeons per 100,000 population, there is only 1.8 per 100,0000 in sub-Saharan Africa. Overall, there’s a serious lack of hospitals, equipment, medical personnel, and transport access to hospitals for locals in many of the world’s poorer countries.

GLOBAL HEALTH WRITES CITIZEN JOURNALIST: Lidia Shafik Surgery is often seen as a luxury in the developing world. For Deirde Mangoang, Director of the RCSI/COSECA Collaboration Programme speaking at the Global Health Exchange conference this week in Dublin, surgery is, “The neglected red-headed step child of global health.” There is a crisis in global surgery […]

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Is HIV Still a Problem?

GLOBAL HEALTH WRITES CITIZEN JOURNALIST: Lidia Shafik A recent article in The Lancet suggests the HIV community made a serious error by pursuing the end of AIDS message. HIV, and AIDS, are still, in fact, widespread and rampant and much more needs to be done about this. According to Concern’s Breda Gahan, speaking this week […]

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Non-Communicable Diseases are the Most Common Cause of Death in Africa

According to the international Diabetes Federation (IDF) 3.3% of 20-79 year olds in Africa now live with diabetes.

GLOBAL HEALTH WRITES CITIZEN JOURNALIST: Lidia Shafik Non–communicable diseases (NCDs) were a priminent topic at this week’s Global Health Exchange conference, held in Dublin’s RSCI.  NCDs are the most common cause of death in the developing world. This is contrary to the popular belief that infectious diseases, usually involving creep-crawly worms, pose the main threat […]

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