Global Health is the area of study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health, reducing disparities, and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. No one should be denied health education and treatment because of race, class, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status—yet many are.
By Michelle Lugalia-Hollon, Contributing Editor, Global Health
In an unprecedented national call-to-action to lower the number of people with mental illness in the jails, the Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG) and the National Association of Counties (NaCo) convened leaders in behavioral health and criminal justice at the end of last year. In the United States, where dealing with mentally ill citizens has caused much hand wringing and little sustainable progress over the last few centuries, this is a big deal.
The mentally ill have cycled through various institutions, from asylums to nursing homes, which have all assumed and lost the responsibility for treating them depending on the reform of the day. Though evidence-based solutions have been well researched, implemented and documented, years of effort to adequately address severe mental illness have failed to take root primarily due to inadequate financial support for well-meaning reforms. Across the nation, as best-practices have continued to be gutted, these primarily poor and under-resourced individuals have lost access to the mental health and social services that can keep them healthy, housed and employed. Without access to these vital services mentally ill citizens are left to survive in communities where their unmanaged mental illnesses drive their repeated involvement in illegal behaviors that lead to their arrests. This criminalization of mental illness has led to a disproportionate number of these citizens detained in jails and prisons. Consequently, prisons and jails have become the largest and most utilized mental health institutions across the United States. (more…)
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Repost from Global Health Hub. Dr. Johanna Tayloe Crane is interviewed regarding her recently published book, Scrambling for Africa: AIDS, Expertise, and the Rise of American Global Health Science, which shows that the negative stereotypes about Africa, as well as … Continue reading
Repost from NPR . “In the last decade, Russia has found itself contending with new strains of TB that are resistant to many drugs and hard to cure. For years, prisons were considered to be one of the most dangerous … Continue reading
Repost from NPR . “As countries modernize around the world, they’re increasingly being hit with one of the curses of wealth: cancer.There are about 14 million new cancer cases globally each year, the World Health Organization reported Monday. And the … Continue reading
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Repost from the Lancet . “Adolescents are often noted to have an increased risk of death during pregnancy or childbirth compared with older women, but the existing evidence is inconsistent and in many cases contradictory. We aimed to quantify the … Continue reading
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Repost from the Lancet . “Among the many worrisome facets of global health is the lack of adequate treatment, vaccination, and diagnostic tools for diseases predominantly afflicting the poor. Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), drug-resistant tuberculosis and malaria, and other lesser-known … Continue reading
Repost from the Lancet. “Is there a relationship between carbon dioxide emission per capita and life expectancy? Looking at the graphic presentation of both (based on the World Bank’s World Development Indicators 2013), one cannot deny the correlation: the more … Continue reading
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Repost from NPR. This article largely questions the accessibility of medicine, and in particular, the ways costs can be cut for a life saving Hepatitis C Pill.
Repost from World Health Organization (WHO) 20 June 2013 | Geneva – Physical or sexual violence is a public health problem that affects more than one third of all women globally, according to a new report released by WHO in … Continue reading