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Trinidad & Tobago: Lessons from a Health Scare

Trinidadian diaspora blogger Afrobella shares her mammogram diary in hopes that her experience can help other women.

Using Workout Apps in Trinidad & Tobago

“A lot of people are into the fitness craze,” writes T3CHTT, who shares some of the fitness apps he's used, considering that he “like[s] keeping track of [his] activities and sharing them on twitter.”

Thrive Show: On Living Well With Chronic Illness

Bedridden with a chronic illness called myalgic encephalomyelitis, online media virtuoso Jen Brea is launching a new interactive video series using Google Hangout called Thrive Show on how to live well with invisible and chronic illnesses.

The first episode is today, March 27, and features a conversation with Eva Hagberg, the author of the book It's All In Your Head.

Brea is the director of a forthcoming film about M.E. called Canary in a Coal Mine that raised more than $200,000 on Kickstarter. She was also a Global Voices editor for stories from Francophone regions until 2010.

Ebola Virus Outbreak Kills 59 in Guinea, Closes in on Conakry

Ebola virus virion via wikimedia Commons -  Public Health Image Library, #10816- public domain

Ebola virus virion via wikimedia Commons – Public Health Image Library, #10816- public domain

An Ebola outbreak killed at least 59 people in Guinea and a few suspected cases near the Capital Conakry suggest that it may have spread to the Guinean capital. Barbara Krief provides the latest updates [fr]:

Au moins huit agents de santé ont été tués à ce jour. En collaboration avec le ministère guinéen de la Santé, l'Unicef a rapidement livré dans les zones les plus affectées cinq tonnes de médicaments et d'équipements médicaux tels que des gants, nattes plastiques, couvertures, protège-nez, et des solutions de réhydratation orale et intraveineuse pour protéger le personnel médical et traiter les malades

At least eight health workers have been killed so far. In collaboration with the Guinean Ministry of Health, UNICEF has delivered in most affected areas five tons of medicines and medical equipment such as gloves, plastic mats, blankets, nose guard, and rehydration solutions to protect medical staff and treat patients.

Here is a video providing information on how to protect oneself from the Ebola virus :

State Stops the Opening of Free Clitoral Repair Hospital for FGM Victims in Burkina Faso

The first hospital to offer free clitoral repair for victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) was open to the public  its doors in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso on March 7 but the government refused to allow doctors to treat the 80 patients scheduled for surgery [fr] because of incompletion to fill in the adequate paperwork. Clitoraid, the association that sponsored the event, opines that the government was pressured by religious groups to stop the event [fr] :

Cette opération chirurgicale permet de réparer les dommages physiques encourus par les victimes de MGF. Mais l'Église catholique et ses acolytes se sont opposés à cette merveilleuse mission en menant une campagne de dénigrement à des fins purement égoïstes  

This surgery can repair physical damage incurred by victims of FGM. But the Catholic Church and its followers were opposed to this wonderful mission through a smear campaign for purely selfish reasons.

New Macedonian Public Service Campaign Calls Drug Users “Mules”

Over the last seven years, the Government of the Republic of Macedonia has spent undisclosed amounts of taxpayers money to produce and air public service campaigns against drug use and drug trafficking. A new campaign has been launched by the government, calling drug users “mules”.

Artist Ines Efremova tweeted:

The slogan of the new campaign against drugs is: “Stay clean! Don't be a mule!!! The decision is yours!”
I have nothing to add.

While the term “mule” has been used internationally in the context of smuggling, signifying a person carrying concealed drugs over a border, in this context it only has the pejorative meaning of stubborn and stupid draft animal.

According to the official announcement [mk] of the Macedonian Ministry of Interior, the campaign's “goal is to raise awareness among high school students about the fight against narco-trafficking, and to act preventively and educationally over the young population.” The campaign will consist of presentations conducted by customs officers.

One of the previous campaigns was against the use of illegal drugs, titled “My life is my movie”, and was comprised of several film-like commercials (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), with an initial cost of 592,000 euro (800,000 dollars). According to a 2010 article [mk] in Dnevnik daily, the number of registered illicit drug users actually increased after the campaign.

VIDEO: A “Waiting House” for Pregnant Women in Peru

This video report by Oscar Durand and Elie Gardner for The World originally appeared on PRI.org on February 23, 2014 and is republished as part of a content sharing agreement.

In rural Peru, women are encouraged to spend their last weeks of pregnancy in special residential facilities that offer comfort and care. But the waiting remains difficult.

To prevent women from giving birth at home, where they face a higher risk of death, Peru has established a network of maternal “waiting houses.” These residential facilities host women from rural areas during their final weeks of pregnancy, so they can give birth in the presence of skilled attendants. Ana María Bolege, 21, has come to a waiting house in the Andean town of Ayacucho, three hours by road from her home.

This story is part of PRI's The Ninth Month series, a journey through pregnancy and childbirth, across cultures and continents. Join the Ninth Month community on Facebook to share stories about childbirth where you live. Twitter hashtag #ninthmonth

Macedonian Twitter Community Organizes Second Annual Blood Drive

A group of Macedonian Twitter users are organizing a blood drive on March 17, 2014, in Skopje. This is the second action event of this kind – the first took place on September 13, 2013.

Last time 102 people came to donate blood, of which 75 were allowed [to give blood]. Let's have twice as much this time!

Mobilization for the event is taking place on Twitter through hashtags #крводарители and @krvodariteli – meaning “blood donors,” as well as through a Facebook event page, Three influential websites, and various bloggers who are supporting the action by spreading word and distributing the event banner, whose design is also a donation by @banekoma.

Banner announcing the Blood Drive in Skopje, organized by the Twitter community.

Banner announcing the Blood Drive in Skopje, organized by the Twitter community. The event will take place in Dare Dzambaz on March 17, from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.

One Third of Pregnancies Are Unintended in Burkina Faso

Social Researchers at L’Institut supérieur des sciences de la population (High Institute of Population Science) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso published a report entitled “Grossesses non désirées et avortements au Burkina : causes et conséquences” (The causes and consequences of Unintended Pregnancies and Abortions in Burkina Faso). The report highlights a few important statistics [fr]: 

  •  Un tiers de toutes les grossesses ne sont pas intentionnelles, et un tiers de ces grossesses non intentionnelles se terminent par un avortement.
  •  La taille de la famille désirée est en moyenne, de 6 enfants dans les zones rurales, contre 3 à Ouagadougou. 
  • Entre la moitié et les deux tiers de l’ensemble des femmes qui avortent sollicitent des praticiens traditionnels sans compétence particulière

-A third of all pregnancies are unintended, and one third of these unintended pregnancies result in an abortion.
-The size of the desired family is on average of 6 children in rural areas, against 3 in Ouagadougou.
-Between half and two thirds of women who seek abortions are going to traditional practitioners who do not have the required medical skills. 

Bahamas: The Cerasee Cold Cure

Forget the cold relief, time for the cure.

Blogworld's Nicolette Bethel turns to “bush medicine” for healing.

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