Archived posts from category ‘Health’

Haiti, 18 Months after the ‘Quake

Cartoonist Matt Bors is in Haiti to check out the earthquake recovery (or lack thereof) and to recruit Haitian cartoonists to help chronicle ongoing efforts. Matt’s team from Cartoon Movement has posted its first dispatch.

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Fresh Fighting Closes Congo Clinic

In 2008, the town of Rutshuru in Congo’s North Kivu region, was a battleground between the Congolese army and the CNDP rebel group. As late as May this year, The Christian Science Monitor was calling Rutshuru “more stable.”

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Preview: Marwencol

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Eleven years ago, Navy veteran Mark Hogancamp was bashed into a coma by five men outside a bar for wearing women’s clothing. He survived, awoke nine days later, but lost his memory. An artist, he lost the ability to draw. Pete Brook at Wired’s Raw File writes: As a way to cope with [...]

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The Third Leading Cause of Death in Somalia

From the Facebook page of Dr. Hawa Abdi: “TB is 3rd leading cause of death in Somalia after malnutrition and gunshot.”

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Axe in Congo: Giving it Away

U.S. Army and Congolese army doctors render free medical care at a clinic in Kinshasa, as part of the Medflag ’10 exercise.

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Axe in Congo: Can’t Please Everyone

Kinshasa — A two-day free health clinic is one of the culminating events of the U.S. Army-led “Medflag ’10″ training exercise in the Democratic Republic of Congo. While American instructors trained up Congolese medics, U.S. and Congolese officials oversaw registration of civilians to attend the clinic. The civilians lined up before a board of Congolese officers and described their condition and the treatment they hoped to receive. If they were lucky, their names were added to the list.


23.05.10 Floating Causeway Boosts Hospital Ship Ops

The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy will use techniques and technology developed for amphibious operations to boost her ability to see patients in remote, under-developed Pacific countries. On May 1, Mercy embarked on a five-month cruise, delivering free medical care to communities in Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, East Timor, Palau and Papua New Guinea.

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Debating Japan’s (Lack of) Hospital Ships

“Why doesn’t Japan have two former supertankers, converted to 1,000 bed hospital ships, and sail them from Africa to the South Pacific, delivering non-emergency humanitarian assistance?” Kyle Mizokami asked in a War Is Boring post last week. “With its aversion to hard power and immense reservoirs of talent, technology, and cash, Japan should be the absolute king of soft power.

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Jessica Stone: Charities Hustle to Beat Haiti’s Rainy Season

With the May rainy season fast closing in on Port-au-Prince, charity workers in Haiti are undertaking a massive effort to make sure the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the January earthquake have adequate shelter.

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World Politics Review: DRC Death Toll Debate Raises Questions

In the U.K.’s House of Lords on Feb. 3, members of parliament debated expanding Great Britain’s aid to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the site of several intersecting security and humanitarian crises. “Some 5 million people have died there since 1998,” said Lord David Alton of Liverpool. “It is the most deadly conflict since World War II.”


Report: Today’s Wars Less Bloody

Lawyers, Guns and Money points out a recent report from Simon Fraser University claiming that today’s wars are less bloody than at any point in the 20th century. “The average war today is fought by smaller armies and impacts less territory than conflicts of the Cold War era,” the Human Security Report 2009 posits. “Smaller wars mean fewer war deaths and less impact on nationwide mortality rates.”


Axe-SPAN: Medical Facilities at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan

Bagram is the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan. Freelance journalist David Axe visited there late last year, where he looked at the medical facilities that treat wounded U.S. and coalition troops, as well as some Afghan civilians.

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