Special columns

TB research underway to save infected babies

TB research underway to save infected babies

By dr Cory Couillard New research at the Desmond Tutu TB Centre at Stellenbosch University is studying the effects of tuberculosis (TB) drug therapy in children less than a year old. Children have traditionally been excluded from trials but research is needed to be able to adjust therapies according to body weight. Babies usually contract TB from their mothers or […]

Rob Perrée on Humphrey Tawjoeram

Rob Perrée on Humphrey Tawjoeram

Humphrey Tawjoeram (1964, Redi Doti, Para, Suriname) calls himself an emotional painter. In fact he doesn’t like to make sketches before he starts with a painting or a watercolor. He prefers to just let whatever comes, come. That does not mean however that he doesn’t allow himself to be inspired. The everyday surroundings, especially nature, are things that he soaks […]

May 21, 2014 · Art, Special columns
Fight against drug resistant TB escalates

Fight against drug resistant TB escalates

By Dr Cory Couillard This week, TB activist Phumeza Tisile departs for the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva to urge world health leaders for better drugs & diagnostics for thousands of drug resistant TB (DR-TB) patients worldwide. Phumeza, a former extensively drug resistant (XDR-TB) patient who survived a harrowing two-year battle with the disease during which she became permanently […]

Save the Children saves mothers too

Save the Children saves mothers too

Mothers and children continue to face the highest risks of death due to chronic underlying challenges, including extreme poverty, weak infrastructure, and poor governance. In 2014, more than 80 million people are projected to be in need of humanitarian assistance and over three quarters are women and children. According to new research released today at the Global Moms Relay, each […]

UN: Every two minutes, a woman dies in pregnancy or childbirth

UN: Every two minutes, a woman dies in pregnancy or childbirth

Even the healthiest pregnancy can pose serious health consequences such as infection, obstructed labour, high blood pressure, and severe bleeding. The use of a midwife is key to a healthy and safe pregnancy and childbirth but they often work in decrepit health facilities and lack required resources, supplies and equipment. The International Day of the Midwife, on 5 May, commemorates […]

May 7, 2014 · Health, Special columns
Rob Perrée discusses Marcel Pinas

Rob Perrée discusses Marcel Pinas

Many Surinamese know Marcel Pinas (1971) for his colorful paintings with (decorative) elements referring to the disappearing Maroon culture – especially to the Afaka script, which was developed and used in his native region in the beginning of the 20th century – but also to different games he used play as a child, symbols of a happy past. Many also […]

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, […]