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Stories about Health

16 October 2014

Too Late for Jamaican Government to ‘Kiss and Make Up’ When It Comes to Chikungunya

As the prime minister admits that Chikungunya has caused a "national emergency" in Jamaica, people remain dissatisfied with the government's efforts to educate citizens and contain the disease.

13 October 2014

Hour-Long Total Lunar Eclipse Lights Up Japan's Sky

People in Japan greeted the astronomical phenomenon on October 8 with special yoga sessions and light shows.

11 October 2014

Guinean Cities Keep a Strong Heart Despite Ebola Epidemic

Ostracized from the rest of the world, Guineans cope valiantly with life's daily challenges, despite the risks, the sorrows, and the suspicion from the rest of the world.

4 October 2014

Why Do So Many Women in Mexico Give Birth Via Caesarean Section?

In Mexico, nine out of ten births in private hospitals and four out of ten in public hospitals are performed via C-section, according to figures from National Health Information System.

2 October 2014

The Chikungunya Virus Brings Jamaica to Its Knees

Jamaica is confronting a dangerous health scare, as bloggers argue that social media can be used as an effective information channel to educate the public about risks.

30 September 2014

Surviving Sierra Leone's Three-Day Ebola Lockdown

Some point out that cultural practices in parts of Sierra Leone aggravate risks, such as bathing in water used to wash Ebola victims, believing it will bring good luck.

25 September 2014

Are Madagascar's Health Care Facilities Ready for Possible Ebola Outbreak?

Fifteen African countries including Madagascar are potentially at risk since they have the same environmental characteristics as affected countries. The prime minister says Madagascar is prepared, but others are doubtful.

20 September 2014

Newspapers Predict Spain's Conservative Party Will Shelve Their Restrictive Abortion Bill to Save Face in Elections

Spain's abortion bill has met with pushback not only from parties in the opposition but also from within the current governing party's rank and file.

18 September 2014

Ebola Hasn't Reached the Gambia, and People Are Working to Keep It That Way

The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has killed nearly 1,900 people so far. In the Gambia, a social media campaign and a specially composed song are trying to raise awareness.

4 September 2014

The ‘Nuh Guh Deh’ Campaign Wants to Make Jamaica a Place Where Sexual Abuse of Girls Is Never Okay

Some Jamaicans, especially men, think it's acceptable for girls to be sexually initiated at a young age. The campaign will coincide with the International Day of the Girl Child.

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