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Non communicable diseases

Stigma attached to mental disorders leading to high mental morbidity in India: Experts

More than 100m people in India (over 10% of the population) suffer from mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety, but society’s views about these disorders are clouded by misconceptions and stigma, which in turn leads to high mental morbidity in India

March 22, 2017
New Kerala
March 21, 2017
India Blooms

UnitedHealth sued for denying coverage for eating disorders

UnitedHealth Group has been hit with a proposed class action lawsuit accusing the largest U.S. health insurer of denying coverage for medically necessary treatment of eating disorders

March 21, 2017

Health systems

HIV law promises equality

With the Indian parliament passing the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2017, people living with HIV Aids are guaranteed equal rights in medical treatment, admission to educational institutions and jobs. The Bill lists grounds on which discrimination against HIV-positive people and those living with them is prohibited

April 12, 2017
The Hindu
April 11, 2017
Financial Express, New Indian Express

Health needs of men who have sex with men neglected in South Africa

MSM men are twice as likely to be HIV positive partly because their health needs are not being met and they are stigmatized and discriminated against in health facilities in South Africa. The Anova Health Institute explains how it is working to sensitise health facilities to help them become more MSM friendly through its Health4Men programme

April 4, 2017

Stigma and discrimination are neglected silent killers in Africa

The Kenyan media focuses on the recent case of Salome Karwah, Time Magazine Person of the Year 2014 for her part in the fight against Ebola in west Africa. In February this year Karwah died from childbirth complications in Liberia, staff initially refused to help her due to the stigma that still surrounds the disease 

March 22, 2017
Standard Media

Communicable diseases

HIV/AIDS prevalence on the rise in East Africa

Stigmatization and discrimination among commercial sex workers, transgender, prisoners and homosexuals has been identified as the main cause for the high prevalence of HIV/Aids in East Africa, according to findings from a workshop on Kenya National Advocacy, aimed at reducing violence and discrimination against these key populations. When these groups are stigmatized and discriminated against they do not have the incentive to seek health services and legal protection and this can be an important factor in propagating the infection

May 25, 2017
Citizen TV