Posts tagged health
Posts tagged health
Brazilian indigenous groups demand better healthcare
Groups of indigenous people in Brazil blocked roads and occupied government buildings to demand better healthcare for their communities.
Several ethnic groups staged a protest at the Health Ministry building in the capital, Brasilia, asking for a meeting with a senior official.
In a statement, the movement’s leaders called for better facilities and access to more doctors.
They say mortality rates are on the rise among the indigenous peoples.
“The authorities promise a lot and do very little,” said Pedro Kaingang, a spokesman for the group.
He said urgent action is needed, starting by improving pay for doctors and other health workers who serve their communities.
They also want better dental treatment, prescription glasses, wheelchairs and powder milk for infants.
The ethnic groups who took part in the protest - Kaingang, Guarani and Charrua - come from the south of Brazil, where they also occupied government buildings.
Arpinsul, the indigenous organisation behind the actions, says roads were blocked for several hours in the southern states of Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Parana.
Pictured: Health concerns: tribes take their protest to the capital
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Malaria deaths hugely underestimated - Lancet study
Worldwide malaria deaths may be almost twice as high as previously estimated, a study reports.
The research, published in the British medical journal the Lancet, suggest 1.24 million people died from the mosquito-borne disease in 2010.
This compares to a World Health Organisation (WHO) estimate for 2010 of 655,000 deaths.
But both the new study and the WHO indicate global death rates are now falling.
What we now know is that we’re actually able to turn off malaria using existing methods”
The research was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It used new data and new computer modelling to build a historical database for malaria between 1980 and 2010.
The conclusion was that worldwide deaths had risen from 995,000 in 1980 to a peak of 1.82 million in 2004, before falling to 1.24 million in 2010.