Women and sustainability: taking a lead in China

Women and sustainability: taking a lead in China

Wayne Visser – Guardian – Monday, 29 October 2012 (originally published 26 Oct) A few years ago, on one of my visits to China, I was invited to speak to a group in Shanghai called Women in Sustainability Action(Wisa). The organisation was set up by a former academic colleague, Jacylyn Shi, as a global network […]

Survey: [U.S.] Black women lack support after breast cancer

Survey: [U.S.] Black women lack support after breast cancer

Dorsey Griffith – Futurity – Wednesday, 09 May 2012 (originally published 03 May) UC DAVIS (US) — A recent survey finds nearly one-fourth of African-American breast cancer survivors were not satisfied with the information they received about treatment options from their doctors. “We know that one powerful factor in cancer outcomes is the extent to […]

Global Infant Mortality Ranking Called Compromised

Global Infant Mortality Ranking Called Compromised

Todd Neale – MedPage Today – Tuesday, 21 February 2012 (originally published 18 Feb) The variation in rankings of perinatal and infant mortality between countries, which is often used as an indicator of healthcare quality, is probably related to differences in how the smallest and most premature babies are registered in national databases, researchers found. […]

Blood donations in South Sudan in critical shortage

WNN MDG Stories (WNN) Juba, SOUTH SUDAN, Africa: A small fridge in the corner of Juba teaching hospital’s laboratory is the only blood bank in South Sudan. The world’s newest country has some of the worst health statistics in the world. Health workers say a lack of blood is the main cause of mortality at […]

THAILAND: Women face society and prosecution with HIV/AIDS laws

THAILAND: Women face society and prosecution with HIV/AIDS laws

Thin Lei Win – WNN MDG Stories (WNN) BANGKOK: Punitive laws and social stigma not only prevent women living with HIV/AIDS from accessing much-needed healthcare services but lead to violence and discrimination against them, according to the head of the U.N. agency for HIV/AIDS. Such laws and fear of social ostracism further hamper efforts to […]

Stateless refugee mothers fall through the cracks in Bangladesh

Stateless refugee mothers fall through the cracks in Bangladesh

Misha Hussain –  WNN Features UPDATE: 17 May, 2011 (WNN) DHAKA, Bangladesh: Mothering in the Kutupalong makeshift refugee camp in the southwest of Bangladesh is about as tough as it gets. Those who live in the camp experience each day what it means to be undocumented and ‘meaningless.’ Without the right to work, to carry […]

Slow progress on maternity care (in Russia)

Slow progress on maternity care (in Russia)

Anna Sulimina – The Moscow News – Friday, 4 March, 2011 (originally published 3 March) As Russia grapples with its demographic crisis, the government has identified improving healthcare at state maternity clinics as a key priority. Officials insist there have been some successes, of course – but without extra funding and a more modern attitude […]