From November 25th to December 5th 2011, United Nations' Special Rapporteur for the Human Rights Council Anand Grover visited Vietnam to survey the country's health systems and financing, access to medicines, and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. Following his 10 days of observation and dialogue, Mr. Grover presented his preliminary findings at a press conference earlier this … [Read more...] about Should Vietnam Shut Down Its Sex and Drug Rehabilitation Centers?
“Today is a remarkable day. Today, we come together, as a global community, across continents, faiths and cultures, to renew our commitment to ending the AIDS pandemic – once and for all,” said Obama at a World AIDS Day event at George Washington University. Today marks the 33rd World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day isn't just about the 1.2 million Americans infected with this virus … [Read more...] about World AIDS Day: A Day of Education and Creativity
Winter is approaching fast, and being Vietnamese, we have all heard or practiced certain cold remedies that Western culture is often unfamiliar with. I’d like to share a Vietnamese remedy that seems to relieve cold symptoms and really helps to refresh you as well! It is the home made steam bath, or song as us Vietnamese like to call it. Here’s the low down on sweating it … [Read more...] about Homemade Steam Bath: Vietnamese Cure for the Common Cold
For those of you living in the United States, are you, yourself, or someone you know nearing retirement? If yes, then health coverage might be of concern. Afterall, healthcare costs average approximately 30% (and progressively increases with age due to higher rates of contracting long-term illnesses) of a retiree's yearly expenses. The good news is that there are many health … [Read more...] about The AB and D to C of Medicare
Amongst the Vietnamese population, medical professionals and paraprofessionals are traditionally regarded as caring individuals, a belief captured in the age-old expression, “thay thuoc nhu me hien” (“medical doctors are like gentle mothers”). These medical providers, whether in an office, clinical, or hospital setting, are expected to wholeheartedly diagnose, treat, and … [Read more...] about “Say No to Envelopes” Campaign: Putting an End to Medical Bribery