The Lack of Palliative Care

In many poor and middle income countries untold millions are in pain due to illnesses like cancer and are not able to receive needed relief.  A chief reason is the opioid epidemic in the US. These countries are afraid that if the opioids needed to alleviate pain were made available more freely, that they too would end up with an epidemic.  While the US has 31 times the amount of drugs it needs, the result of this fear and avoidance is that Haiti has about 0.2% of what it requires and Nigeria even Continue reading “The Lack of Palliative Care”

Google and Facebook–The Issue of Size

In the wake of the discovery that Russians bought ads on social media while trying to further divide the US electorate, several, including the authors of an article in The Guardian, find the description of companies as large as Google and Facebook by Louisiana senator John Kennedy very apt. During the senate hearing exploring the role these companies had in the Russian ads, Kennedy said that the corporations know too much about us and too little about themselves. The authors of the article quote him, “If the CEO came to you… and said I want to know everything about Senator Graham… You could do that, couldn’t you?” and Kennedy continued that on the other hand, “You don’t have the ability to know who every one of your advertisers is, do you?”  Leaving aside other issues, and addressing their size, the article’s authors recommend that Continue reading “Google and Facebook–The Issue of Size”

Yemen

Here are some facts about Yemen. They portray a country in worse shape than Syria, facts that are hard to accept, but still the reality, and a reality we ought to remember because so many lives are affected.

<>OCHA (the office of coordination of human affairs) calls it the world’s largest food insecurity emergency

<>17 million are food insecure. 6.8 million are severely food insecure and 2 million children are acutely food insecure. (The total population is 27.4 million)

<>It would cost 2 billion dollars to bring food aid Continue reading “Yemen”

Mass Graves

The PBS Newshour recently ran a segment on 72 mass graves found in Syria and Iraq. It may be that the identity of the thousands of people buried there may never be known, Lori Hinnant, the reporter of the story explained that the lack of money and the lack of political will make it doubtful the needed research would occur. That does not mean these lives must be forgotten. Hinnant tells of a father she met who was looking for his sons who according to an eyewitness were in a particular grave she was investigating. He wanted to give them Continue reading “Mass Graves”