Category Archives: Health

Inequality costs the earth

New Internationalist
If we really want to avert climate change, argues Bob Hughes, we’d better tackle inequality first.

Divided we fall: social inequality adversely affects the rich as well as the poor. © Mark Henley / PANOS

The modern global economy doesn’t just run on fossil fuels. It runs on inequality, which now stands indicted by a rapidly growing mountain of evidence, as the real driving force behind all the harms, and more, that have led to climate change. A world without inequality is not just desirable: it’s an urgent necessity. And it can be achieved. The market may or may not have an ‘invisible hand’ but it most definitely has an ‘invisible foot’ – inequality – which has been bearing down harder and harder on the world and its people in the frenzied pursuit of economic growth. Emissions will not reduce until that pressure is eased. Continue reading Inequality costs the earth

KENYA: “R U OK 2day?” SMS check-up takes off

Mobile phone use in Kenya has risen from 200,000 users in 2000 to an estimated 17.5 million today. Photo: Keishamaza Rukikaire/IRIN NAIROBI/

KAJIADO, (IRIN/PlusNews) – Phoebe Mapelu’s job as a community health worker in Kenya’s Kajiado District always meant going from door to door – sometimes with long distances between homes – to check up on patients on life-prolonging antiretroviral therapy (ART). Continue reading KENYA: “R U OK 2day?” SMS check-up takes off

USA Healthcare Legislation

Congress is confused about what to do about healthcare reform legislation. If there was ever a time that they need, and want, to hear from you, their constituents, it is now.

We at NETWORK, in collaboration with many other faith groups and healthcare advocates, urge everyone to call your representatives and senators this week to tell them they need to finish the job of passing healthcare reform legislation. Continue reading USA Healthcare Legislation

Brazilian Catholic doctor known for work with children dies in Haiti

SAO PAULO, Brazil (CNS) — Dr. Zilda Arns Neumann, 75, a pediatrician who founded the Brazilian bishops’ children’s ministry, was among those who died in the Jan. 12 Haitian earthquake. She was in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, to participate in missionary meetings and to help the Caribbean country consolidate its children’s ministry and create a methodology to combat malnutrition. Continue reading Brazilian Catholic doctor known for work with children dies in Haiti

Sick with Terror

Common Dreams
by Amy Goodman
The media have been swamped with reports about the attempt to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day. When Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, now dubbed the “underwear bomber,” failed in his alleged attack, close to 300 people were spared what would have been, most likely, a horrible, violent end. Since that airborne incident, the debates about terrorism and how best to protect the American people have been reignited. Continue reading Sick with Terror