Stress related to racial discrimination, mistrust of the medical system and less frequent use of health care services and medications, are some of the reasons why African Americans are more likely to have high blood pressure, according to the CDC. Undetected hypertension can lead to heart and kidney damage as well as strokes and heart attacks.
The USC study, released on March 13, analyzed the prices that 1.6 million people paid for 9.5 million prescriptions in the first half of 2013, based on data from Optum Clinformatics, an organization that sells anonymized claims data for analysis, and National Average Retail Price (NARP) data, which contained drug prices paid by insurers and was based on a national survey of pharmacists.
It showed that the overpayments totaled $135 million during that six-month period.
Nirva is one of about 59,000 Haitians living in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a humanitarian program that gave them permission to work and live here after the January 2010 earthquake devastated their country. Many work in health care, often in grueling, low-wage jobs as nursing assistants or home health aides.
Now these workers’ days are numbered: The Trump administration decided to end TPS for Haitians, giving them until July 22, 2019, to leave the country or face deportation.
Taking care of a loved one who is ill is difficult, time-consuming, and often heartbreaking labor. It takes a physical toll on those providing care, and for those caring for someone with memory loss, it also takes an emotional toll. And while many people make plans to eat healthier and be more active in the…
“The border area is a challenge,” said Dr. Jean-Frantz Lemoine, Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population (MSPP) National Malaria Program coordinator. “Mosquitos need no passport or visa to cross the border, so there is a real coordination with the Dominicans.”
Advocates Welcome Deputy Secretary-General Meeting With Haiti Cholera Victims, Call For Broad Consultations
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI — Advocates for Haiti’s cholera victims welcomed UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and UN Special Envoy on Haiti Josette Sheeran’s meeting with a group of victims this weekend as a positive first step towards respecting Haitians’ dignity and right to consultation. The meeting between Mohammed, Sheeran and five cholera victims took place on…
The data underlines the widespread effect of sexual gender-based violence said Dr. Carl Frédéric Casimir, MSF deputy medical coordinator in Haiti. More than half of the clinic’s patients are under 18 years old, according to the report. Many of these minors are survivors of rape. These kinds of attacks can cause unintended pregnancies, the spread of sexually-transmitted infections and negative mental health outcomes.
Haiti is one of the top seven countries that contribute to the spread of tuberculosis (TB) cases within the United States. In 2014, 66 percent of TB cases in the US occurred from foreign-born persons from Mexico, Philippines, Vietnam, India, China, Guatemala and Haiti. TB is caused by a bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. An infection…
By David Henderson In December, then United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon delivered a carefully scripted speech on the UN’s role in Haiti’s cholera epidemic. As a young adult splitting my time between studying towards a degree in Global Health and working remotely for a medical clinic in Haiti, I spent the afternoon alone with…
By Wyatt Massey
Stopping the spread of disease is one of the most pressing issues in the country after the hurricane. As of Oct. 25, PANO/WHO estimated 3,423 suspected cholera cases. Cholera is a virus, spread by contaminated water, that severely dehydrates those with the disease. Haiti’s Ministry of Health announced a vaccination campaign starting Nov. 8 to bring 1 million oral vaccines to areas affected by cholera.