Three pregnant refugees and nearly 50 others denied medical transfers from Nauru

20/08/2017 Ben Doherty 0

Asylum seekers and refugees awaiting surgeries, abortions and other treatment prevented from having overseas transfers by Nauru hospital committee

Nearly 50 refugees and asylum seekers held on Nauru – including at least three women seeking to terminate a pregnancy – are being refused, or not considered for, overseas medical treatment, in defiance of doctors’ recommendations.

Three pregnant refugee women on Nauru have asked to terminate their pregnancies, for cultural, familial and health reasons. Doctors’ requests for them to be transferred overseas for the procedure have been rejected. Terminations are illegal on Nauru, a devoutly Christian country.

Related: Australia’s offshore detention centres ‘terrible’, says architect of system

Related: ‘It’s time to act’: Liberal MP calls for Australia to take refugees from Manus and Nauru

Related: Border force doctor knew of Manus asylum seeker’s deteriorating health before death

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Bollywood’s hot new topics: open toilets, menstrual hygiene and erectile dysfunction

20/08/2017 Anupama Chopra 0

Forget all those swirling songs and plots about love, heartache and family values. Bollywood has more pressing concerns

‘This is not about defecation,” says the hero of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, which translates as Toilet: A Love Story. “It is about our whole way of thinking!” What makes this startling line all the more surprising is that it is delivered by Akshay Kumar, an actor straight out of the Bollywood A-list.

The film, as the second half of its title suggests, has no shortage of such Bollywood staples as romance and love songs. But the main subject matter is one that no Hindi film has ever tackled before: open defecation. This is a singularly Indian problem. Various studies estimate that 60% of India’s billion-plus population don’t have access to a bathroom. For women, this isn’t just a question of sanitation. It’s about safety, privacy and independence.

Related: India’s women given low-cost route to sanitary protection

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A visão das favelas: ‘Temos que lutar pela vida ao conviver com a violência’ | Thaís Cavalcante

Um ano após as Olímpiadas, Thaís Cavalcante explica que entre a crise economica e violencia vivida diariamente as pessoas ainda lutam para sobreviver no dia-a-dia

Um ano depois de grandes olhares para a “cidade maravilhosa”, estamos nos reinventando em meio a crise econômica, a violência e o poder popular.

Os Jogos Olímpicos determinaram como seria a qualidade de vida dos moradores de favelas da cidade. E com todo o gasto durante osJogos, já sentimos o impacto, pelas dificuldades financeiras e pela pouca valorização da cultura da nossa cidade.

Related: A visão das favelas: ‘Nós éramos obrigados a enxergar ‘a cidade maravilhosa” | Thaís Cavalcante

Related: Jogos Olímpicos do Rio: A vista das favelas – ‘O silêncio, às vezes, não significa paz’

“Eu só quero é ser feliz/Andar tranquilamente na favela onde eu nasci/E poder me orgulhar/E ter a consciência que pobre tem seu lugar…”
Cidinho e Doca

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Mother preferred Dr over Miss or Mrs | Brief letters

17/08/2017 Letters 0

Academic titles | Margarets as a dying breed | Big Ben | Girls’ and boys’ clothes | Dogs on escalators

Alison Hackett (Letters, 17 August) complains at the use of “Dr” and “Prof” titles. But they can prove useful. Our mother Anne McLaren (a single parent, and a biologist who, working with mice, created the world’s first IVF birth, and became the first woman officer of the Royal Society in their 300-year history, as foreign secretary and vice-president), was asked, “Is it ‘Miss’ or ‘Mrs’?”. We three kids watched and wondered how she would respond. “No,” she said firmly, “It’s ‘Dr’.”
Prof Jonathan Michie
President, Kellogg College, Oxford

• If the editor wants to fill the letters page with letters from Margarets (Letters, 17 August), she should act soon, as peak Margaret was in 1900 when it was third most popular name for baby girls. When I had come on the scene in the late 1930s it was eighth, and by the time politics became aware of Maggie Thatcher it lingered at 95th. We are a dying breed.
Margaret Squires
St Andrews, Fife

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Gender dysphoria patients deserve better treatment than I can give them | Zara Aziz

15/08/2017 Zara Aziz 0

GPs don’t have the time or the expertise to provide the holistic treatment that transgender patients require. Proper services are required urgently

Gender identity clinics have seen a huge demand for services in recent years. Waits can vary from 12 to 18 months in most cases, but can extend to three years in some parts of the country. It is estimated that about 1% of the population is transgender, although some believe this figure to be higher. Many have a higher incidence of mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety.

Those waiting months for their first appointment can resort to buying unverified hormonal treatments on the black market, seeing private specialists (often online) or looking for support and prescriptions from their GP. Private specialists can reassure them that their GP will prescribe and monitor their treatments. This leads to some difficult conversations with patients.

Patients are faced with conflicting messages. The profession, too, remains uneasy and unsupported

Related: The Tories are on the right side of the transgender debate | Matthew d’Ancona

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Yemen: aid offers ‘only hope of survival’ in cholera epidemic, says Priti Patel

11/08/2017 Kate Hodal 0

Development secretary says ‘catastrophic disaster’ is looming unless foreign donors follow UK lead to tackle disease that has infected half a million Yemenis

Humanitarian aid is “the only hope Yemeni people have to survive”, said the UK development minister, Priti Patel. She warned Yemen is “on the brink of catastrophic disaster” unless the international community follows Britain’s lead to stem the cholera epidemic.

Heavy rains, stagnant water and overflowing rubbish bins have stoked a second wave of the outbreak, which has so far swept across 90% of the country, infecting almost half a million people and killing 1,900 since it began in 2015.

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The student sex ‘scandal’ that laid bare Egypt’s population problem | Ruth Michaelson

The furore caused by a student project on sex education highlights the attitudes that have hampered Egypt as it attempts to deal with overpopulation

When a group of Egyptian university students submitted a magazine on sex education for their final-year assignment, they hardly imagined they would fail their course and spark a media backlash.

Yet that is exactly what happened when the project, submitted to the media and mass communications department at Cairo’s al-Azhar University, was rejected as unsuitable. Articles about the “scandal” appeared in the local media, and the students feared expulsion.

Related: Contraception and family planning around the world – interactive

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Nepal outlaws custom of exiling women during their periods

10/08/2017 Hannah Summers 0

Campaigners welcome introduction of jail sentences and fines for isolating women during menstruation but warn education is needed to end stigma

Nepal has passed a law criminalising the practice of banishing women to huts during their periods.

The ancient Hindu tradition of Chhaupadi, whereby women are confined to animal sheds during menstruation to keep “impurity” out of the home, was banned by the supreme court in 2005.

Related: Nepal’s bleeding shame: menstruating women banished to cattle sheds | Kate Hodal

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Monsanto sold banned chemicals for years despite known health risks, archives reveal

10/08/2017 Arthur Neslen 0

Company refutes legal analysis of documents suggesting it ignored risk to human health and environment long after pollutants’ lethal effects were known

Monsanto continued to produce and sell toxic industrial chemicals known as PCBs for eight years after learning that they posed hazards to public health and the environment, according to legal analysis of documents put online in a vast searchable archive.

More than 20,000 internal memos, minuted meetings, letters and other documents have been published in the new archive, many for the first time.

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Thank you, Sinéad O’Connor, for showing the messy reality of mental illness | Paris Lees

09/08/2017 Paris Lees 0

People tend to only talk about their mental health struggles after the event. The Irish singer’s Facebook video is difficult to watch, but vitally important

Three cheers for Sinéad O’Connor, who has this week torn down the glossy facade of the public debate around mental health. The video the Grammy-award-winner posted to her Facebook page on Monday – a motel room recording that has caused concern around the world – is not easy viewing. Seeing her desperate call for help and her honesty about suicidal feelings is excruciating. And not just because we know that she was once one of the biggest stars in the world. She expresses her pain so passionately you can almost taste it.

Related: A moment that changed me: listening to, rather than trying to fix, my suicidal wife | Mark Lukach

Related: Have I got depression? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Jay Watts

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