Southeast Asia

With all of the issues surrounding health within the southeast Asian region, we are here to bring attention to these problems. Through our posts we hope to raise awareness and bring people together in helping to amend the many life threatening issues taking place there.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Blog No Evil

I found this while perusing the internet and thought it was pretty accurate. For many countries blogging is the only tool they have to communicate their feelings on serious issues that affect their daily lives. While internet regulations are being developed and diminished depending on the country, it is still a reassuring way to get your voice heard, no matter who you are.

Cao Gio

Most Southeast Asians beliefs in health and medicine stems from the Chinese concept yin and yang. They believe everything in life is held at a balance and illnesses are something that happen when things are out of balance.

Cao Gio is also called "coining" which is when a person combines various oils with the rubbing of a coin along the ribs or spine. Cao Gio is supposed to be a method of relieving ailments such as fever, nausea, colds, and pretty much any illness that could be related to the weather. The reason for it's relief of weather related illnesses comes from their belief system. Cao Gio is a translation of "catch the wind." Southeast Asians believe that these certain illnesses occur when your body absorbs too much wind and the rubbing of the coin until blood reaches the surface of the skin is their way of "releasing" the wind and restoring balance.

While only Southeast Asians have given testimony to this method being successful, it is still a practice that is commonly used today and has even been used in the U.S. by people of Southeast Asian descent.

Here are some pictures of Cao Gio:

                                                       (Yes, it's even done on children.)

Medical Global Health Professions Panel

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here a panel discusses some important global health issues around the world.

-Rupal Joshi

Topics in Global Health

A chart from the Dana Medical Library, this chart depicts the subject area's covered by Global Health. As we can see, there are so many more subjects and areas within the scope of Global Health that are somewhat overshadowed.

-Rupal Joshi

Sunday, December 12, 2010

WHO raising awareness

It's no secret that Tuberculosis is a serious problem in Southeast Asia. This blog's focus is on raising awareness about health issues in the region - I came across the beginning of a 9 minute film made by the World Health Organization, which focuses solely on the WHO's fight against TB in Southeast Asian countries.

Even in the first two minutes of the video there are some alarming statistics that most people may not have known. The more views the film gets, the more awareness will be raised about this serious health problem.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Poor but happy life in Southeast Asia

I think this video portrays life in Southeast Asia very well. We can read about things going on across the world but when you see real visuals of problems all over the world it makes them very real.

Monday, December 6, 2010

THON 2011 Promo Video

This video is a great way to show how the students at Penn State try to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer. THON at Penn State is the largest student run Philanthropy in the United States. The students raise money to find a cure for Pediatric cancer and every little bit counts. To me, this shows that the littlest thing like canning on a street corner can make a huge difference in the lives of many children. Even developed countries need help getting the awareness of different illnesses out to people in the world.