Search results for category: Health

Ecuador: One indigenous woman’s perspective on discrimination in the health system 

In the public hospital in Otavalo in Ecuador, indigenous women have seen a major change in their maternal and child health services and this has increased their trust in the system. In the past, discrimination was a major problem, and women were not allowed to use their traditional birth practices or bring their traditional birth attendants (TBAs) with them. They were not able to...

Kenya: Obstetric fistula – a preventable but deadly condition for mothers in sub-Saharan Africa 

Girls who marry young or suffer genital mutilation are at highest risk from obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged or obstructed pregnancy. The condition is easy to treat – the difficulty is getting women the medical care they need. Obstetric fistula generally occurs as a complication of pregnancy during which labour becomes obstructed – it is often a result of...

India: Power of participation - women’s groups dramatically improve health for Adivasi mothers and newborns in eastern India 

Case study by Dr Audrey Prost, Dr Prasanta Tripathy and Soumen SarangiInvolving Adivasi women in the planning and evaluating of health care has significantly reduced deaths and empowered women among India’s Adivasi communities in Jharkhand and Odisha.Over 84 million Adivasis (original inhabitants) from more than 500 tribal groups live in western, central, eastern and north-eastern India. Today a quarter of all Adivasis reside in...

Burma: Despite the ceasefire, health care woes continue in south-east 

In a bustling waiting room, Naw sits on a fold-up chair, her hair caught in the breeze of a whirling fan. Her arms rest over the bump just beginning to show beneath her clothes.This will be the eleventh time she has been pregnant. However, it is the first time she will actually consult with a health professional during the sensitive prenatal months.For many like...

China: Maternal deaths remain high for ethnic minorities 

Case study By Rinnai NgadanMany minority women in western China do not give birth in hospitals because of poor-quality facilities and culturally insensitive care.Despite China’s national progress in the areas of maternal and infant health, rural and ethnic minority regions lag behind. A 2010 UN report tracing China’s progress toward the Millennium Development Goals shows that maternal mortality rates are almost twice as high...

Kenya: The impact of land-grabbing, displacement and discrimination on health 

Case study by Chelsea PurvisThe plight of the Ogiek community highlights the impact of land-grabbing, displacement and discrimination on health. The Ogiek are an indigenous group of about 20,000 people in Kenya.The Kenyan government has repeatedly and forcibly evicted the Ogiek from their ancestral land in the Mau Forest and around Mount Elgon. This has left entire communities of Ogiek homeless or without proper...

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013: Interview with MRG Director of Policy and Communications 

Minorities and indigenous peoples suffer more ill-health and receive poorer quality of care, says MRG in a new global report.MRG's flagship report, State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013, presents a global picture of the health inequalities experienced by minorities and indigenous communities.The report is launched to coincide with a United Nations General Assembly meeting to follow up on efforts made towards...

Uganda: Batwa – sexual violence and lack of health care spreads HIV/AIDS 

Displacement and loss of access to ancestral territory has had devastating effects on indigenous peoples, including on their health status. Arguably, those most severely affected have been the Batwa communities of East and Central Africa.With recent news about increases in HIV infection rates in Uganda, MRG interviewed Faith Tushabe, Executive Director of African International Christian Ministry, an NGO that works closely with Batwa communities...

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013: Interview with South Asia author 

Minorities and indigenous peoples suffer more ill-health and receive poorer quality of care, says MRG in its new global report.MRG's flagship report, State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013, presents a global picture of the health inequalities experienced by minorities and indigenous communities.The report is launched to coincide with a United Nations General Assembly meeting to follow up on efforts made towards...

Mauritania: Why do Haratine women still live in slavery? 

The government must step up efforts to eradicate all forms of slavery and provide health care for its most vulnerable citizens.Though facing serious obstacles Mauritania, 155th of 187 countries on the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP’s) Human Development Index, has been taking steps towards meeting the MDGs. In 2010 it was reported to be very close to halving extreme poverty, and had made slight progress...

Bolivia: Traditional healers and climate change 

As elsewhere in the indigenous Americas, there is a very significant distrust of formal mainstream medicine among Bolivia’s largely indigenous population and a particularly strong preference for traditional medicine. National surveys by the Ministry of Health indicate that 60 per cent of Bolivians turn to natural prescriptions before going to a modern physician. This occurs even in zones with some access to formal health...

Burma: Continued fighting causes human rights abuses and health concerns in non-ceasefire areas 

Lway Poe Ngeal is a Palaung woman who left Burma for better education opportunities in neighbouring Thailand. Now, she works with the Palaung Women’s Organization, which advocates for the rights of an ethnic minority community concentrated in northern Shan state.Palaung civilians have become caught up in the violence between the Burma Army and armed ethnic militias, including the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the Ta-ang...

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013: Case studies 

Minorities and indigenous peoples suffer more ill-health and receive poorer quality of care, says MRG in a new global report.MRG's flagship report, State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013, presents a global picture of the health inequalities experienced by minorities and indigenous communities.The report is launched to coincide with a United Nations General Assembly meeting to follow up on efforts made towards...

Video: Minorities and indigenous peoples suffer more ill health - State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013 

Minorities and indigenous peoples suffer more ill-health and receive poorer quality of care, says MRG in a new global report.MRG's flagship report, State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013, presents a global picture of the health inequalities experienced by minorities and indigenous communities.The report is launched to coincide with a United Nations General Assembly meeting to follow up on efforts made towards...

Russia: Indigenous health care system in the remote areas of the north 

High prevalence of tuberculosis and other infectious diseases, particular problems with alcohol and mental health, and difficulties accessing health care are among the most pressing health problems facing indigenous peoples in Russia’s far north.There are few studies and little data on the health of indigenous peoples in the Russian Arctic, because these groups live in remote areas with few medical services. Considerable variation exists...

Egypt: Nubian community health support systems 

The opening of a new hospital in Aswan only underlines the government’s long-term neglect of the health needs of Nubians.In January 2011, then President Mubarak inaugurated the new Aswan hospital; Aswan is the capital of Nubia in Southern Egypt. Meanwhile, in Cairo, the Nubian community had organized a support system for members of their community who need to access health care that was not...

Argentina: MRG report on health launched at UNICEF event 

MRG’s annual flagship report State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013, which this year focuses on health, was launched in Argentina this week on the Day of the Children of the Mountains 2013. The cacique of the Amaicha del Valle community, Dr Eduardo Nieva, spoke alongside report authors Dr Viviana Crivelli of the Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán (UNT), and Professor...

Malaysia: The story of a famous, yet invisible Bajau man 

The myriad islands off the east coast of the Malaysian state of Sabah in northern Borneo are renowned for their outstanding natural beauty, described in tourism literature as ‘pretty as a picture-postcard’ and ‘a chance to escape from reality’ (Tierney and Tierney, 2009: 129). After an invigorating speedboat ride from the mainland town of Semporna, visitors to Mabul island are greeted by dozens of...

Iran: Alarming statistics of increasing cancer in Ahwaz region linked to air pollution 

In the past, Ahwazi people were rarely hearing about cancer but cancer is now more common than flu among them. The air pollution in Ahwaz led to a sharp increase of leukemia, liver cancer, skin cancer and birth defects. As a result, panicked residents fear for their health as it has come to light that the air Ahwazi people breathes is laced with carcinogenic...

Burma: Leaked documents expose government complicity in persecution of Rohingya 

Leaked government documents reveal severe violations of human rights of Rohingya Muslims in Burma, including restrictions on their freedom of movement, marriage and childbirth, Fortify Rights said in a new report released on Tuesday.The report implicates state and central government officials in the systematic persecution of Rohingya — tantamount to crimes against humanity under international law. 'The impacts of these restrictions are severe and have been well-documented...


1   2   next »


Most viewed

This website has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union.
The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of Minority Rights Group International and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union
.