The Philippines has one of the highest birth rates in Asia. But recently, the government passed a law, over the strenuous objections of the Catholic Church, that paved the way for providing free contraception. One woman, a grandmother at 33, tells us how free birth control could change her family for the better.
For farm women in this South Asian nation, pregnancy brings no respite from hard physical labor. What is being done to give them a much-needed rest?
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The CDC estimates that at least 2 million people become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year. How can you do to protect yourself from this growing threat? What is being done to combat these “superbugs”?
Leave your questions here for Brigham and Women’s Hospital MD, public health expert and lawyer Aaron Kesselheim, who will be joining us today at 1pm EST for a Facebook chat.
Diabetes is on the rise in Cambodia, and in many ways that’s not a surprise. The population is aging, people have more to eat and they are doing less physical labor. These are known risk factors for type 2 diabetes, also called adult-onset diabetes.
But something else may be contributing to Cambodia’s increasing cases of diabetes…. as we find out in today’s report from Joanne Silberner.
Adult-onset diabetes is increasingly common in Cambodia, yet many Cambodian diabetics don’t exhibit the usual risk factors.
At rural hospitals in Africa, you’ll often see high-tech medical equipment discarded and unused. In places where electricity is unreliable and spare parts are unavailable, expensive devices can quickly become worthless. So Dr. Oluyombo Awojobi designs and builds his own low-tech devices to keep his hospital running. http://ow.ly/sqcxl
How can low-tech innovations improve global health?
Dr. Oluyombo Awojobi, who keeps his hospital in the small farming town of Eruwa, Nigeria running with cheap, simple devices that he designs and makes himself from materials from his backyard, is answering your questions on PRI.org: http://ow.ly/sq8N0