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En Japón, en donde el 30% de la población pertenece a la tercera edad, el cambio de la tradición de cuidar a los familiares a la del cuidado asistencial es cada vez más rápido. Es por esto que el envejecimieno se ha convertido en una prioridad política, con un sistema de cuidados financiado por copagos, según la pensión del adulto mayor y con un combinado de impuestos nacionales y municipales, para garantizar el máximo respeto a la persona que requiere de esos cuidados. Read More
2023-05-25 | Equal Times
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En Japón, en donde el 30% de la población pertenece a la tercera edad, el cambio de la tradición de cuidar a los familiares a la del cuidado asistencial es cada vez más rápido. Es por esto que el envejecimieno se ha convertido en una prioridad política, con un sistema de cuidados financiado por copagos, según la pensión del adulto mayor y con un combinado de impuestos nacionales y municipales, para garantizar el máximo respeto a la persona que requiere de esos cuidados.
The Mental Health Rebuilding and Restoring Initiative helps those struggling with drug addiction by showing them documentaries of others who have also struggled with addiction and how they managed to overcome it. The documentaries have since helped 50 people to stop using drugs. The Initiative also follow-up with, monitors and encourages participants throughout their recovery journey.
A Nigeria-based NGO is setting out to address period poverty by providing those in need with reusable sanitary napkins and also teaching them how to make the products themselves, all while educating them on menstrual hygiene and working to reduce the stigma surrounding periods.
At various camps for internally displaced persons, the Gender Equality Peace and Development Center built three permanent safe spaces for women and girls that have experienced gender-based violence. The Center is not only a safe space for these people to go but also empowers them by teaching them new skills, providing access to health care and a sense of community.
Raise Foundation provides transportation to hospitals for women in labor in rural, hard-to-reach areas that lack access to healthcare centers. Through its tricycle ambulance service, the organization has helped over 230 expectant mothers have a safe delivery.
The Achievers Foundation distributes free sanitary pads to those experiencing period poverty. The Foundation also hosts lectures on sexual and menstrual health and works to fight the stigma surrounding periods in some communities.
Health In Harmony uses a one health approach to improve both human health and the health of the environment in Madagascar at the same time. Their programs provide locals with jobs to keep them from turning to illegal logging for income, improve their access to health care, and help farmers increase their yields.
The North-East Youth Initiative for Development provides hand tricycles to people with disabilities who require wheelchairs to help improve their access to education and other social activities that they wouldn’t be able to access otherwise. Access to the hand tricycles not only increases individuals’ access to activities and school but also increases their independence, self-esteem, and feelings of inclusion. So far 50 people have benefited from this program.
The #PreventEpidemicsNaija project advocates for sustained funding for the Nigeria Center for Disease Control and Prevention by working to increase understanding of epidemic preparedness. The project connects with and trains journalists from across the country to equip them with the necessary skills and resources to share accurate information with the public. So far the project has trained over 70 Journalists, produced seven fellows, and over 100 stories.
Nour Sarah is a collaboration between two non-profits — Spectrum and LebMASH — that aims to help LGBTQ+ people in the North African and West Asian region understand their mental health issues and receive support services. Nour Sarah aims to provide safe care to those who need it in spaces where it’s historically hard to find. The group hosts educational sessions and connects people with counselors trained to provide care to LGBTQ+ people who are drastically under-supported when it comes to accessing mental health care.
Teams of Shasthya Shebikas, female community volunteers, are spread across the country providing door-to-door healthcare services to those in need who often struggle to access care. This community healthcare system, in partnership with the local government and other area NGOs, provides free or low-cost care to about 80 million people each year and has seen dramatic health improvements in terms of infant and maternal mortality and vaccination rates.
The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact is an agreement designed to make it easier for physicians to work across state lines. Instead of taking three to six months for a physician to get licensed in a new state, the IMLC cuts that process down to about seven to 10 days. This allows those who live in areas that are lacking physicians to access care via telehealth.
The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact expedites medical licenses allowing doctors to provide healthcare across several states via telehealth. The Compact speeds up the licensing process, taking just a few days, and can be completed mostly online. Texas just became one of the 37 states that have joined the Compact.
Geospatial Information Systems technology (GIS) maps out locations in need of vaccines, as well as how many people are vaccinated in each area. This method has increased vaccination rates for conditions like polio and has also allowed vaccination teams to update their practices instead of continuing to use paper maps.
With help from Arizona State University, Red Rock Elementary school built DIY air-filtering devices called Corsi-Rosenthal Boxes for each classroom. The boxes are made up of air filters, cardboard, and a box fan and are helping to improve the air quality.
In an effort to build non-arrest pathways to drug treatment and recoveries, like transitional housing and various support services, groups like The Sidewalk Project and Friendly House are emerging. The groups use harm-reduction measures to help women struggling with opioid addiction and lead them toward recovery when they’re ready.
Search and rescue teams in Utqiaġvik and North Slope Borough, Alaska, work together with the coast guard to run rescue operations that budgetary and training restrictions would not allow them to do alone.
The Population and Community Development Association was established in 1974 to promote family planning and has since partnered with the local government and other groups to provide family planning services, and resources, like condoms and birth control, as well as education. Widespread promotion and availability of contraceptives thanks to the group has led the uptake among women of reproductive age to go from about 17% in 1970 to 75% in 2022 — as well as a reduction in fertility rates, all of which helps to control the overall population.
Green Schoolyards America is launching the California Schoolyard Forest System in partnership with the California Department of Education and other area groups to develop schoolyard forests at K-12 schools to provide shade for students as temperatures continue to rise. Planting more trees on campuses can help protect children from heat-related health issues and promote more physical activity during recess.
The Okapi Cancer Foundation works to raise funds to support children diagnosed with cancer. On top of providing financial support for treatments, the organization also does advocacy work and childhood cancer awareness campaigns and also hosts yearly training for doctors providing cancer treatment to children. So far the organization has supported over 200 patients.
Following studies that show how important sleep is to hospital patients, several hospitals are revamping their practices to use sleep as medicine and take a more “patient-centered care” approach to allow patients ample time to rest and heal.
In an effort to improve child healthcare, a program at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center matches low-income families with financial coaches when they come in for their child’s appointments. The coaches help them address financial stressors, create long-term financial stability, and connect them to helpful resources.
The Final Mile project built 335 miles of bike lanes across five U.S. cities in 24 months to provide more transportation options outside of driving cars and make bike riding more accessible, thus addressing the urgent climate crisis, equitable access to goods and services and public health.
To help strengthen the primary healthcare system, the government has set out to establish at least one functional health center in each ward throughout the state. The renovation project has also involved the community in the planning to ensure these new centers are well-equipped to meet each community’s specific needs. As of August of last year, the project has renovated 63 out of the 236 targeted health centers.