A man we’ll call George lives in Kisumu, a poverty-stricken area in western Kenya. Now age 30, he developed a drinking problem when just a teenager. His alcohol abuse led to unemployment and unprotected sex with prostitutes. He even drank so much he set his grandfather’s house on fire.
The link between nutrition and health is well known. Good nutrition is especially crucial to people with infections. To that end, WiRED just expanded its medical and health education modules on HIV/AIDS by creating one on nutrition.
For Armenians living in villages such as Karchaxbyur, access to information on dental health can be a challenge. After Davit Davtyan’s parents saw WiRED’s module on dental health, they were alerted to a peculiar condition of Davit’s teeth and took him to a dentist.
How can a disease be a “silent killer” with no symptoms, no apparent illness, until it causes damage to our bodies? How can a disease be so dangerous that doctors recommend screening for it by age 3?
WiRED International now offers a complete module series on the echocardiographic diagnosis of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Portuguese. These training modules will be used primarily in Brazil, where RHD is a serious health risk.
Fifteen-year-old Kevin Mark has a remarkable story. He comes from Obunga, an impoverished community near Lake Victoria in western Kenya. Many residents there cope with serious housing issues, from leaky roofs to poor insulation.
Hundreds of millions of people worldwide suffer every day from chronic diseases of the airways and other structures of the lung. Chronic respiratory diseases (ranging from infections like bronchitis and pneumonia to conditions like asthma and COPD) caused more than 4 million deaths in 2012.