Blog posts about Health
2016 - a year of progress
2016 was a year of progress. Despite the negative events that have sometimes dominated headlines, we have seen huge shifts towards a healthier, greener and fairer world. Here's why
I rushed my newborn to hospital on the back of a motorbike
Scovia Akello tells the story of her firstborn - currently in the neonatal intensive care unit at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, Uganda
We asked Ugandan nurse Betty why she loves her job – this is what she said
Nurse Betty Lamwaka, 36, is a nurse at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda. Here she shares her experiences of working in a neonatal intensive care unit in and how support from volunteer Gerieke Zandberg has improved care for neonates.
Living with HIV in Rwanda
After her husband had an affair, Beretilde became HIV positive. Life is hard for Beretilde. But after joining a local cooperative things are looking up. She is now making a better living, providing for her children and investing in the future.
Rebuilding health services after Ebola
VSO volunteers have returned to Sierra Leone after ebola and are working to rebuild health services after such a huge trauma.
I thought my child wouldn’t make it
Janet’s son was born two months early. He had a very low weight as well as breathing and stomach complications. Thanks to the work of the nurses at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, with the support of volunteer Gerieke Zandberg, Janet was able to bring her tiny baby home.
We have the tools to defeat HIV and AIDS but attitudes need to change
It has been quite a week here at the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban. Over 18,000 people attended. 16 years ago – as a VSO volunteer working in South Africa – I attended my first AIDS Conference also held in Durban. It is striking how much has changed since then, but also – and tragically – how little.
Are prisons the missing link to ending the spread of HIV?
Across Southern Africa rates of HIV and tuberculosis are on average twice as high - and in some cases up to 50 times as high - in prisons, as in the general population. Poor conditions in these facilities have led to them being described as 'breeding grounds' or 'incubators' for infection.
Life as a public health nurse volunteer in Nepal
Cath Nixon took a two-year career break to support women's health as a VSO volunteer nurse.