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Australian Aboriginal People’s Health Crisis

Posted in NEWS, Oceania, Our Health with tags , on June 30, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

The Indigenous community in Australia is experiencing a health crisis. The health and well being of this community is at an all time low. Indigenous people are twice as likely to be admitted to the hospital as their non-indigenous counterparts. Population reports show a higher rate of recent illness, chronic illness, and cigarette smoking in Australia’s ingenious community.

Health Statistics

  • 80% of children under age one die
  • 93% of all children suffer middle ear infections
  • Infants are twice as likely to have low birth weights
  • Infants are eight times likely die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Indigenous people are 10 times likely to have kidney disease
  • 54 to 70% of adults smoke
  • 30% of adults have type-2 diabetes
  • 60% of the Indigenous community is likely to die of cancer

Dr Tamara Mackean of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association states,

“To us, health is about so much more than simply not being sick. It’s about getting a balance between physical, mental, emotional, cultural and spiritual health. Health and healing are interwoven, which means that one can’t be separated from the other.”

Australia’s Indigenous community has higher rates of contracting contagious diseases such as:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Meningitis
  • Salmonella
  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis
  • HIV/AIDS

The average life span for Aboriginal men is age 57,  and age 62 for women.

National Minority Cancer Awareness Week, April 18-24

Posted in Awareness, CULTURE, Our Health with tags , , , on April 18, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

American Cancer Society observes National Minority Cancer Awareness Week April 18 to 24. Spokeswoman for the Society, Patricia Berlin says “progress is being made in minority communities.” The Society’s latest Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures reported a steady decline in colon cancer incidence and death rates in most racial/ethnic groups.

Berlin reminds us that most cancer continues to take a higher toll on minority communities in the U.S.:

  • African Americans have the highest death rate of any racial and ethnic group.
  • Barriers to quality health care continue to cause later diagnosis which lowers survival chances.
  • Causes of disparities are complex and likely reflect social and economic societal gaps, not just biologic differences.

To save lives and reduce suffering from cancer among African Americans, we must address these differences. The American Cancer Society has awarded more than $88 million since 2000 for over 100 studies that focus on reducing cancer related disparities.

These studies range from prevention and early detection to end of life. Studies focus on populations that experience cancer health disparities, including African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, and Native Americans.