Farmers have less leisure time than hunter-gatherers, study suggests
(University of Cambridge) Hunter-gatherers in the Philippines who adopt farming work around ten hours a week longer than their forager neighbours, a new study suggests, complicating the idea that agriculture represents progress. The research also shows that a shift to agriculture impacts most on the lives of women. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among Filipino boys subjected to non-therapeutic ritual or medical surgical procedures: a retrospective cohort study - Boyle GJ, Ramos S.
In the Philippines, non-therapeutic genital cutting is viewed as a culturally sanctioned rite of passage from boyhood to manhood. Strong social and peer pressure is exerted on boys aged between 8-16years to submit to destructive genital cutting, despite th... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

UK turns to Asia for nurses to cover staff shortages
Hospitals recruit health workers from India and Philippines amid fall from EU (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - May 15, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Pediatric emergency care in disaster-affected areas: a firsthand perspective after typhoons Bopha and Haiyan in the Philippines - Shilkofski N, Agueh M, Fonseka M, Tan A, Cembrano JR.
Disasters are defined as man-made or natural causes that disrupt a population and cause widespread human, material, economic, or environmental losses, exceeding that population's capacity to cope using its own resources. This review highlights the epidemio... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Could Your Home County Be A Measles Hotspot?
As well as identifying the 25 U.S. counties at greatest risk for measles outbreaks, the researchers pinpointed the countries that contribute most to measles risk in the United States: India, China, Mexico, Japan, Ukraine, Philippines and Thailand. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Measles – Western Pacific Region
Globally, between 2016 and 2017, the number of reported measles cases increased by 31%, while in the WHO Western Pacific Region (WPR), the total number of cases reported decreased by 82% during the same period. However, there was an increase in cases reported in WPR, from 11 118 in 2017 to 26 163 cases in 2018. A resurgence of measles cases has been seen in all WHO Regions. An unusually high number of cases reported from countries and areas of the WPR in 2019 have been reported from: 1) several countries/areas where measles has been eliminated due to importation-related outbreaks; and 2) endemic countries such as the Phili...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - May 7, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Reaching pregnant women at risk from conflict in Maguindanao, Philippines
DATU SALIBO, Philippines– “I was inside our house when I heard powerful explosions and intense gunfire,” recalled Nadia Muson, 35. Eight months pregnant and a mother of six, Ms. Muson and her family were within earshot of the armed conflict in the Philippine province of Maguindanao, where hundreds of pregnant displac ed women are highly vulnerable.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: csantamaria Source Type: news

Global Health: F.D.A. Approves the First Vaccine for Dengue Fever, but Limits Its Use
The agency placed restrictions on who can get the vaccine, Dengvaxia. Its use overseas has lagged amid concerns over rare safety risks. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: KATIE THOMAS Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Dengue Fever Food and Drug Administration Sanofi SA Infections Philippines your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Should You Get a Measles Booster Shot? Here ’s What Experts Say
Unvaccinated individuals have been the focus of attention during this year’s measles outbreaks. A record 704 cases of the illness have been confirmed in 22 states so far in 2019, and the CDC says the majority of those diagnoses have been in unvaccinated people. Health officials have repeatedly warned nearly everyone to get the shot if they haven’t already — sometimes threatening fines for those who refuse. “Over 90% of the measles cases that have occurred in the U.S. have occurred in unvaccinated persons,” says Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases a...
Source: TIME: Health - April 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized public health Source Type: news

Americans Are Some of the Most Stressed-Out People in the World, a New Global Survey Says
Americans are some of the most stressed-out people in the world, according to Gallup’s annual Global Emotions report. For the report, Gallup polled about 1,000 adults in countries around the world last year about the emotions they’d experienced the day before the survey. Negative emotions and experiences — stress, anger, worry, sadness and physical pain — were common around the world, tying 2017’s record-setting levels, the report found. In the U.S., 55% of respondents told Gallup they’d felt a lot of stress the day before, well above the global average of 35%. Gallup’s research fo...
Source: TIME: Health - April 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Mental Health/Psychology onetime Source Type: news

Dengue research in the Philippines evolving over time
(PLOS) Communicable diseases including dengue continue to be major causes of morbidity and mortality in the Philippines. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have reviewed 60 years of published literature on dengue in the country to identify trends in previous studies and areas where more research is needed. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 25, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Back-to-Back Earthquakes Hit Philippines
PORAC, Philippines (AP) — A new powerful earthquake hit the central Philippines on Tuesday, a day after a magnitude 6.1 quake rattled the country's north and left at least 16 people dead, including in a collapsed supermarket, where rescuers scrambled to find survivors. The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude of Tuesday's quake at 6.4, while the local seismology agency said it was 6.5. The quake was centered near San Julian town in Eastern Samar province and prompted residents to dash out of houses and office workers to scamper to safety. There were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage from the new ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 23, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: International Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Suicidal ideation, suicidal behaviors, and attitudes towards suicide of adolescents enrolled in the Alternative Learning System in Manila, Philippines-a mixed methods study - Estrada CAM, Nonaka D, Gregorio ER, Leynes CR, Del Castillo RT, Hernandez PMR, Hayakawa T, Kobayashi J.
BACKGROUND: Globally, suicide is a significant cause of death among adolescents. Previous studies conducted in high-income countries suggest that students in alternative schools are more likely to engage in suicidal behaviors than those in formal schools. ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Measles Cases Are Still Rising in the U.S. But They ’re Even Higher Globally
The number of measles cases reported around the world has roughly tripled since last year, according to preliminary data from the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 112,000 measles cases in 170 countries have been reported to the WHO so far this year. By contrast, about 28,000 measles cases in 163 countries were reported at this time last year, the WHO says. There are likely many more cases that have gone unreported, the WHO says, but the data provides a good sense of global disease trends. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday also released updated figures for domestic cases of measles. Th...
Source: TIME: Health - April 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized public health Source Type: news

In Philippine cave, scientists find bones and teeth belonging to a new human species
Fossil bones and teeth found in the Philippines have revealed a species of long-lost cousins of modern people who evidently lived tens of thousands of years ago, around the time our own ancestors were spreading out of Africa.It's yet another reminder that, although Homo sapiens is now the only... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 10, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Associated Press Source Type: news

Ancient Bones And Teeth Found In A Philippine Cave May Rewrite Human History
Islands in Southeast Asia were clearly important in the evolution of early humans, say scientists who have turned up 50,000-year-old remains of what they suspect is a previously unknown human species.(Image credit: Callao Cave Archaeology Project) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - April 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christopher Joyce Source Type: news

New species of ancient human discovered in Philippines cave
Homo luzonensisfossils found in Luzon island cave,dating back up to 67,000 yearsA new species of ancient human, thought to have been under 4ft tall and adapted to climbing trees, has been discovered in the Philippines, providing a twist in the story of human evolution.The specimen, namedHomo luzonensis, was excavated from Callao cave on Luzon island in the northern Philippines and has been dated to 50,000-67,000 years ago – when our own ancestors and the Neanderthals were spreading across Europe and into Asia.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 10, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Evolution Anthropology Philippines Biology Science Asia Pacific World news Neanderthals Fossils Source Type: news

New Species of Human, Homo luzonensis, Identified in the Philippines
Thirteen hominin bones found in a cave are so unique that archaeologists have determined they stem from a distinct hominin species, although others question whether the researchers have enough... (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - April 10, 2019 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

The U.S. May Be on Track for the Most Measles Cases Since the Disease Was Declared Eliminated
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed nearly 100 more measles diagnoses since last week, pushing the 2019 case count closer to record levels less than halfway through the year. The CDC has confirmed 465 measles cases in 19 states so far this year, according to the agency’s latest numbers. That’s up from 387 cases in 15 states the week before, with recent cases in Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts and Nevada. Many cases have been clustered in New York and the Pacific Northwest, where widespread outbreaks are in progress. If cases continue to accumulate, the U.S. may see more measles di...
Source: TIME: Health - April 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Infectious Disease Source Type: news

Q & A: 607 Island Atolls Means it Hard to Distribute Leprosy Healthcare to All Micronesians
Marcus Samo, Assistant Secretary in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Department of Health Services, is concerned that the country has been unable to reduce the prevalence of Hansen’s disease. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulPOHNPEI , Apr 8 2019 (IPS) During his 22-year career in the health sector, Marcus Samo has seen the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) suffer from an increased burden of disease while at the same time the resources to address them have either remained the same or decreased. Samo is the Assistant Secretary in the country’s Department of Health Services, a post he has held for ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Federated States of Micronesia Nippon Foundation Sasakawa Health Foundation Sasakawa Memorial He Source Type: news

Q & A: 607 Island Atolls Means it ’ s Hard to Distribute Leprosy Healthcare to All Micronesians
Marcus Samo, Assistant Secretary in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Department of Health Services, is concerned that the country has been unable to reduce the prevalence of Hansen’s disease. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulPOHNPEI , Apr 8 2019 (IPS) During his 22-year career in the health sector, Marcus Samo has seen the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) suffer from an increased burden of disease while at the same time the resources to address them have either remained the same or decreased. Samo is the Assistant Secretary in the country’s Department of Health Services, a post he has held for ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Federated States of Micronesia leprosy Nippon Foundation Sasakawa Health Foundation Sasakawa M Source Type: news

Missing Data & Inefficient Drug Distribution Tops List of Micronesia ’s Leprosy Challenges
Dexter, a 25-year-old fisherman from Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia, received treatment for Hansen’s disease, also known as leprosy, for over a year. He has been cured of the disease. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS By Stella PaulPOHNPEI, Apr 8 2019 (IPS) It’s a good day for Dexter, a 25-year-old fisherman from Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia. He’s just been told that he is cured of leprosy. “I have been sitting at home for nearly a year now,” Dexter, who doesn’t want to reveal his last name, tells IPS. “But now I can finally return to my job,” he says w...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Hansen's disease leprosy Nippon Foundation Sasakawa Health Foundation Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation (SMH Source Type: news

As Marshall Islands Integrates Healthcare Services, Experts Offer a Word of Caution
Jack Niedenthal, the secretary of Health and Human Development in the Republic of Marshall Islands stands in front of the poster that records the dark past of the Pacific island nation and the need for good healthcare. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS By Stella PaulMAJURO, Apr 5 2019 (IPS) In Jack Niedenthal’s office in Majuro, there is an ominous reminder of the dark history of the Marshall Islands—once the site for dozens of nuclear tests conducted by the United States between 1946 and 1962. But it also provides a strong message about the future of island nation. “Given what the Marshall Islands has done for hu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Hansen's disease leprosy Marshall Islands Nippon Foundation Sasakawa Health Fou Source Type: news

Global Health: Scientists Thought They Had Measles Cornered. They Were Wrong.
Following intensive vaccination efforts, measles cases plunged across the world. Now clusters of new infections — some linked, some not — have confounded health officials. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Measles Vaccination and Immunization Epidemics Jews and Judaism Hasidism Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance United Nations World Health Organization Brooklyn (NYC) Israel Rockland County (NY) Philippines Poland Madagascar Ukraine Source Type: news

US Measles Cases At Second Highest Since Disease Was Eliminated In 2000
(CNN) — A total of 387 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 15 states from January 1 to March 28, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the United States since measles was declared eliminated in 2000. The highest number of reported cases since elimination was 667 in 2014. Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that can spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or if a person comes into direct contact or shares germs by touching the same objects or surfaces. The states reporting cas...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Measles Source Type: news

Mung bean is a nutrient-packed, polyphenol-rich food that protects against degenerative disease
(Natural News) Have you heard of mung beans (Vigna radiata)? Mung beans are a type of pulse commonly consumed in Asian countries, including China, Bangladesh, India, the Philippines, and Thailand. They may be small, but these beans actually have many health benefits. Research shows that eating this legume can protect you from chronic degenerative diseases.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Q & A: Why Treating Leprosy as a Special Disease Violates the Rights of the Person Affected by It
Dr. Arturo Cunanan is the Medical Centre Chief of Culion Sanitarium and General Hospital in the Philippines and one of the most experienced experts on Hansen’s disease, also known as leprosy, in the world today. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulMAJURO, Mar 25 2019 (IPS) His multiple awards and degrees aside, Dr. Arturo Cunanan is known as a people’s doctor; one who has profound belief in the human rights of every person affected by Hansen’s disease, commonly known as leprosy. Considered one of the most experienced experts on the disease in the world today, Cunanan is currently the Medical Centre Chie...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations leprosy Nippon Foundation Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation (SMHF) Source Type: news

Why Singapore's Wealthiest Are Backing This Lawyer In The Fight Against Childhood Cancer
Jennifer Yeo's overarching goal is to recreate the success of St. Jude ’s in Singapore, where it can serve as the hub for curing childhood cancer across the Asia-Pacific. Countries such as Cambodia and the Philippines will be able to tap into the resources rooted in current research findings. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 21, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Grace Chung, Forbes Staff Source Type: news

Filipino, Vietnamese heart disease death risk higher than other Asian-American groups
Certain groups, or subgroups, within the Asian-American community are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than others, new research shows. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heart Risks Vary Among Asian-Americans
WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 -- Not all Asian-Americans are equally susceptible to the deadly damage of heart disease and stroke, new research suggests. The risk of premature death is highest among Asian Indian, Filipino and Vietnamese subgroups, the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 20, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

All the religious massacres you didn't hear about over the past year have one thing in common... Christians were killed instead of Muslims
(Natural News) On January 27, Muslim extremists bombed a Roman Catholic cathedral on the Philippine island of Jolo, killing some 20 people and injuring dozens of others. But you probably didn’t hear about this horrific religious massacre because the perpetrators were violent Islamic terrorists that targeted Christians, which means the Leftist media pretty much completely... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Calamansi fruit from the Philippines found to be a powerful anticancer food
(Natural News) The calamansi (Citrus microcarpa B.) fruit is a citrus fruit that is widely grown in Southeast Asia, especially the Philippines. It is used in various beverages, condiments, dishes, marinades, and preserves – often, as a substitute for lemon. However, this small, round, and green-colored fruit is more than just a cooking ingredient. According... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

VIDEO: “ People Affected by Leprosy Suffer Severe Discrimination ”
By Fabiana FrayssinetRÍO DE JANEIRO, Mar 15 2019 (IPS) “More than 50 countries in the world have discriminatory laws against people affected by Hansen’s disease. There is also a lot of discrimination in the public administration…and in society,” Alice Cruz, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members, said in this interview with IPS (in Spanish, with English subtitles). The Portuguese-born expert is one of the special participants in the First Latin American and Caribbean Assembly of Organisations of People Affecte...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Fabiana Frayssinet Tags: Active Citizens Development & Aid Health Latin America & the Caribbean Multimedia TerraViva United Nations Video Hansen's disease leprosy Source Type: news

Tobacco Industry Targets Women in Asia
A cigarette vendor in Manila sells a pack of 20 sticks for less than a dollar. Credit: Kara Santos/IPSBy Wendell Balderas and Mary AssuntaBANGKOK, Thailand, Mar 14 2019 (IPS) International Women’s Day on 8 March recognized and celebrated the progress women are making globally. The day also acknowledged the risks, exploitation and suffering many continue to endure. The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) puts the spotlight on the tobacco industry’s marketing tactics targeting women and girls especially in Asia to market its deadly products. While smoking prevalence among females remains relatively ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Wendell Balderas and Mary Assunta Tags: Aid Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

In Latin America, the Term Leprosy Still Carries a Burden from Biblical Times
In the panel on Hanseniasis versus Leprosy, the need to change the name of a disease surrounded by stigma with no scientific basis was debated, during the Latin American and Caribbean Assembly of Organisations of People Affected by Hansen's Disease, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Credit: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPSBy Fabiana FrayssinetRÍO DE JANEIRO, Mar 13 2019 (IPS) Known scientifically as Hansen’s disease, leprosy carries a symbolic burden from the past that people affected by the disease and experts from around Latin America are fighting, including the terminology used. The debate took place during a panel called H...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Fabiana Frayssinet Tags: Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Latin America & the Caribbean Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations leprosy Source Type: news

The role of "problematic" and "improved" indicators of risky lifestyles in the self-control/lifestyle framework of victimization among Filipino adolescents - Barrera DJ.
Pratt and Turanovic (European Journal of Criminology, 13(1):129-146, 2016) argue that previous studies operationalizing risky lifestyles as mere "going out" (problematic indicators of risky lifestyles) were misspecified and that "improved" indicators of ri... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

2.6M kids at risk as measles cases spike in the Philippines
More people have died from measles in the Philippines so far this year than in all of 2018, with experts warning about 2.6 million children remain at risk in the country. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Q & A: Important to Treat Anyone Suffering from Leprosy as an Equal Individual
Alice Cruz is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members, says divorce on the grounds of leprosy, allowed by laws or not, is a prevailing reality. Credit: U.N. Photo / Jean-Marc FerréBy Stella PaulMANILA, Mar 5 2019 (IPS)Discrimination against women who are affected by leprosy or Hansen’s Disease is a harsh reality, says Alice Cruz is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members.“Divorce on the grounds of leprosy, allowed b...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories Sustainability TerraViva United Nations World Social Forum lep Source Type: news

New Regional Secretariat to Advance Leprosy Advocacy in Asia
Culion Sanitarium and General Hospital Medical Director Dr. Arturo Cunanan urged delegates to the Regional Assembly of Organisations of People Affected by Leprosy in Asia to "put our partnership beyond these walls" and act on the strategies discussed at the three-day conference. Credit: Ben Kritz/IPSBy Ben KritzMANILA, Mar 5 2019 (IPS)Organisations of people affected by leprosy in Asia have agreed to form a regional-level secretariat to support national advocacies and represent their collective agenda at a world conference to be held later this year.This was the most significant development to emerge from the Reg...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ben Kritz Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Conferences Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations memorial Nippon Foundation Philippines Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundatio Source Type: news

Leprosy Survivor Creates Hope and Support for Others Affected by Disease
Filipino businessman Ariel Lazarte was diagnosed with Hansen’s Disease in 2014. Since his treatment he has built a successful business and has become a patron for those affected by the disease. Credit: Nalisha Adams/IPSBy Nalisha AdamsMANILA, Mar 4 2019 (IPS)When Ariel Lazarte from Quezon City, Philippines, was first diagnosed with leprosy in 2014, his life seemed as if it were falling apart. But now more than four years later Lazarte’s life is a huge contrast from the poverty and isolation he experienced as a person affected by leprosy.Now the owner of multiple businesses, including ones in transport and const...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Nalisha Adams Tags: Asia-Pacific Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations leprosy Nippon Foundation Philippines Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation (SMHF) Source Type: news

Q & A: We Need a Holistic Approach to Eradicate Leprosy
Dr Maria Francia Laxamana, the Assistant Secretary in the Philippines Ministry of Health, eels strongly about the social exclusion and stigma experienced by the leprosy patients and is eager to make a notable change in the way the society perceives leprosy and those who live with it. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulMANILA, Mar 3 2019 (IPS)Dr. Maria Francia Laxamana is the Assistant Secretary in the Philippines ministry of health. With nearly two decades of  work both as a senior government official and also as an expert in several non-government organisations, Laxamana has deep insight into the issue of leprosy i...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Active Citizens Aid Asia-Pacific Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations leprosy Nippon Foundation Philippines Sasakawa Source Type: news

A Leprosy-free Philippines by 2020?
By Stella PaulMANILA, Mar 3 2019 (IPS)Dr Maria Francia Laxamana, assistant secretary of health in the Department of Health, Philippines outlines her recommendations for a leprosy country by 2020.She spoke to IPS the first ever Regional Assembly of Organisations of People Affected by Leprosy in Asia.The three-day regional event was organised by the Philippine government-run Culion Sanitarium and General Hospital (CSGH), the Coalition of Leprosy Advocate of the Philippines, and the Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation (SMHF). SMHF and its parent organisation the Nippon Foundation have been playing a decisive role in lepr...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Conferences Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Multimedia Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Video Nippon Foundation Sasakawa Memorial He Source Type: news

Leprosy Detection With a Personal Touch
Coalition of Leprosy Associations of the Philippines (CLAP) community outreach organisers Jennifer Quimno (left) and Michelle Ann Oreo (right). Credit: Ben Kritz/IPSBy Ben KritzMANILA, Mar 3 2019 (IPS)Jennifer Quimno could put anyone at ease. So when she travels across the Philippines as part of peer to peer programme that helps identify new leprosy cases, people generally allow her to examine them.“We met a young boy, about 16 years of age, who had symptoms of leprosy, and we needed to examine and send pictures of his skin rashes to the doctors for diagnosis,” Quimno told IPS. Quimno, herself a former leprosy ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ben Kritz Tags: Active Citizens Aid Asia-Pacific Conferences Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations leprosy Nippon Foundation Philippines Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation (SMHF) Source Type: news

First Asian Leprosy Assembly Calls for Greater Social Inclusion for the Affected
Amar Bahadur Timalsina, president of IDEA, Nepal, a group founded by people with leprosy for people with leprosy, is in agreement that there needs to be greater inclusion for those affected by the disease. Timalsina was affected by disease, also known as Hansen’s disease, as a child. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulMANILA, Mar 3 2019 (IPS)Growing up in Kathmandu, Nepal, Amar Bahadur Timalsina wasn’t allowed to attend school as a young boy because he was affected by leprosy. But decades later, after treatment and being able to re-integrate into his community, the boy who was once denied an education is now ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations leprosy Nippon Foundation Philippines Sa Source Type: news

Leprosy Remains a Stubborn, Unseen Problem in the Philippines
The Philippines has the highest incidence of leprosy of any country in the region – about 1,700 new cases have been identified in each of the last three years. Credit: moyerphotos/CC by 2.0By Ben KritzMANILA, Mar 2 2019 (IPS)The stubborn challenge of diagnosis and treatment of leprosy among difficult to reach populations in the Philippines should soon become easier with the rollout of a mobile app connecting field health workers with physicians and clinics.Officially launched at the end of January after years of testing, the app was created by Philippine developer MetaHelix in cooperation with the Department of Healt...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ben Kritz Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations leprosy Nippon Foundation Philippines Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation (SMHF) Source Type: news

Philippines to charge officials of Sanofi, government over dengue vaccine
The Philippine Department of Justice on Friday said it had found probable cause to indict officials from French drugmaker Sanofi and former and current Philippine health officials over 10 deaths it said were linked to use of a dengue vaccine. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Philippines to charge Sanofi staff over dengue drug
Officials say fear of vaccines after Dengvaxia scandal is main reason for measles epidemic (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - March 1, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Philippines DOJ to indict Sanofi employees over vax deaths
The Philippine Department of Justice said it will indict employees from Sanofi and former and current Philippine health officials over a series of deaths related to the French drugmaker's dengue vaccine. (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - March 1, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Philippines to charge officials of Sanofi, gov't over deaths linked to vaccine
The Philippine Department of Justice said on Friday it has found probable cause to indict officials from French drugmaker Sanofi and former and current Philippine health officials over 10 deaths it said were linked to use of a dengue vaccine. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Sanofi 'strongly disagrees' with Philippines prosecutors over its dengue vaccine
Sanofi on Friday said it "strongly" disagreed with the findings made against the company and six of its employees in the Philippines over its controversial dengue vaccine. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news