Crowdfunding campaigners appeal to potential donors by describing the recipient as the subject of misfortune, rather than personal irresponsibility, and therefore deserving of their sympathy.
Health workers fumigate Lagos streets during the COVID-19 lockdown in Nigeria.
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It's common to find medical doctors providing supportive health services and in the process getting distracted from their main clinical job concerns.
A woman walks past a photograph of a smiling woman outside a dental office, in Vancouver, B.C., Aug. 3, 2020.
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Oral health is a key part of overall health, but many Canadians skip dental care due to the cost, resulting in emergency room visits and health issues. It's time for a dental care plan for all Canadians.
Québec Premier François Legault chairs a premiers virtual news conference as premiers Brian Pallister, Manitoba, and Doug Ford, Ontario, are seen on screen on March 4, 2021 in Montréal.
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The premiers are demanding more funding from the federal government for health care. Yet more cash without real change would be the real betrayal of Canada's public health-care system.
Lagos only gets about 10 percent of its electricity needs, leaving its 20 million inhabitants to their own devices.
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Nigeria's unreliable power supply comes with a triple challenge of social, economic and environmental costs.
Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro speaks during a press conference in Calgary on May 29, 2020. The Alberta government is proposing legislation to accelerate approvals of private clinics in order to get more surgeries done.
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Recent Alberta legislation increasing privatization in the health sector risks undermining the public health-care system, and will likely put profits over the public interest.
A nurse participates in the drill to test their system capabilities for the COVID-19 coronavirus mass patients influx at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi.
Most Kenyans are able to access basic care but face the barrier of potentially catastrophic fees.
Anthony Fauci, left, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks with Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, before testifying at a congressional hearing in March. Fauci has had a higher public profile during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Those who work in the background to keep everyone healthy — public health nurses, health inspectors, laboratory techs and epidemiologists — deserve recognition in the fight against COVID-19.
Ronald Jackson sells dried fish on the roadside in Mangochi, Malawi.
Nutrition policies offer the chance for us to think differently about men and women's roles in society.
The risk for dental problems is determined in early childhood.
The high cost of dental treatment is stopping almost half of all New Zealanders from seeking care when they need it. Funding at least parts of dental care publicly could change that.
Rare diseases aren’t, in fact, all that rare. Yet they continue to be brushed aside by most politicians. Why?
Despite the fact that rare diseases aren't actually so rare, it appears they suffer from a branding problem in Canada.
Women in Malawi visit clinics many more times in their lives than men.
Female-centred health services are good, but they may detract from gender equality and men’s health.
Over 80% of South Africans rely on state facilities like Chris Hani Baragwanath, the third largest hospital in the world.
South Africa's Competition Commission has delayed the release of the final report of an inquiry into the private healthcare again.
Around 18% of previously treated TB cases are drug resistant.
Using a large number of computers to screen TB drugs reduces the cost and time.
Is Richard Di Natale correct in saying that Tasmanian women aren’t getting access safe termination services?
In Hobart supporting the Tasmanian Greens ahead of the state election, Greens leader Richard Di Natale said 'in one of our states, women are not getting access to safe terminations'. Is that correct?
Rural hospitals, such as this one in Wedowee, Alabama, are struggling to stay open.
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Health outcomes for rural Americans have steadily deteriorated in recent decades even as they've improved elsewhere. The GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act will worsen the problem.
Doctors are turning to digital devices for medical records, but Latinos lag in use of portals to access them.
Patient portals are fast becoming a way of health care life in the U.S., but they are leaving an important group behind. Latinos are much less likely to use portals than non-Latinos.
Hillary Clinton, who wants to expand access to health care insurance.
Hillary Clinton's health care plan includes a public option and lowering the age limit for Medicare. Both would be hard to get through Congress.
Although health care has become more accessible and affordable, quality at the facilities is still a problem.
The government has put a lot of effort into making health care in South Africa more accessible, but the quality of the service still lags behind.
When African nations can effectively curb tax evasion, they may also be able to fight their major health problems.
Much has been written about the poor public health and clinical capacity to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Inadequate medical and nursing staff resources, inadequate isolation wards, inadequate…