Special columns

Global fight to defeat malaria

Global fight to defeat malaria

By Dr Couillard Tools are now available to end deaths from malaria and move towards malaria elimination. Since 2000, global malaria deaths have fallen by 42 per cent, but continued investment and sustained political support is needed to defeat malaria. Investments have created more than 90 countries malaria-free and another 26 nearly achieving a similar status. According to the World Malaria […]

April 23, 2014 · Health, International, Special columns
In an unequal world, we need inclusive growth

In an unequal world, we need inclusive growth

By Jim Yong Kim For a very long time, the rich have known to some extent how the poor around the world live. What’s new in today’s world is that the best-kept secret from the poor, namely, how the rich live, is now out. Through  the village television, the Internet and hand-held instruments, which a rapidly increasing number of the […]

April 16, 2014 · International, Special columns
WHO issues guidelines for hepatitis C

WHO issues guidelines for hepatitis C

By Dr Couillard On 9 April, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued its first guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C. These guidelines were released on the eve of the opening of the 2014 International Liver Congress, that will be attended by nearly 10 000 delegates in London. Hepatitis is a significant global concern due to the vast burden of illness, death […]

Just 1 bite can transmit diseases

Just 1 bite can transmit diseases

By Dr Cory Couillard On World Health Day, April 7th, the World Health Organization (WHO) drew attention to a major public health problem and what needs to be done to address it. This year’s theme is “Small bite, big threat” and this references vector-borne diseases. Vector-borne diseases include malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, schistosomiasis and yellow fever that are carried by mosquitoes, […]

Mental disorders poorly handled by health systems

Mental disorders poorly handled by health systems

 By Dr Couillard Depression and mental health disorders are extremely common, debilitating and costly – yet not enough is being done to address them. Deficient and struggling health systems are lacking the number of specialised and general health workers that deal with mental health disorders.   Nearly half of the world’s population lives where there is only one psychiatrist to serve 200 […]

Rob Perrée discusses Soeka

Rob Perrée discusses Soeka

Once every two weeks art critic Rob Perrée discusses a work of art from the collection of Readytex Art Gallery. Today, the artwork ‘Een Trio Indiaan met fluit’ [A trio Indian with flute], mixed media on canvas, 78 cm wide x 136 cm high, 2010, by Soeka. He names the work simply ‘Een trio indiaan met fluit’ (2010) [A trio […]

NGOs combat diabetes in urban centres

NGOs combat diabetes in urban centres

By Dr Couillard The prevalence of diabetes is skyrocketing throughout the world, ranking it as one of the greatest public health threats in the 21st century. Even more alarming, global statistics indicate that one in two people with diabetes don’t know they have it. In response, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has partnered with the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) to increase […]

Air pollution causing one in eight deaths

Air pollution causing one in eight deaths

 By Dr Cory Couillard Air pollution has long been known to cause heart and lung diseases, but new evidence published by the World Health Organization (WHO) suggests it has become the single biggest environmental health risk. This equates to one in eight of total deaths or about 7 million deaths each year. The new finding more than doubles previous estimates and demonstrates […]

March 29, 2014 · Human Interest, Special columns
Diabetes increasing cancer deaths

Diabetes increasing cancer deaths

By Dr Cory Couillard A Dutch study has linked type 2 diabetes to an increased risk of developing breast and colon cancer. But until now, no research has shown diabetics to have a higher risk of dying from these cancers as well. The  study, “A meta-analysis on breast and colorectal cancer in diabetic patients: Higher incidences and mortality rates,” was recently presented […]

December 12, 2013 · Health, Human Interest, Special columns
Exercise cuts tobacco cravings in pregnancy

Exercise cuts tobacco cravings in pregnancy

By Dr Cory Couillard If your health isn’t enough to encourage you quit smoking, then the health of your baby should be. Smoking while pregnant increases the possibility of stillbirth, miscarriage and low birth weight – especially in teens and young adults. Teens and young women have the highest reported smoking prevalence, and it’s only getting worse. The problem is […]

November 30, 2013 · Health, Human Interest, Special columns