my plea: the case for sex disaggregated data.

The social construction, reproduction, reinforcement, and enforcement of gender norms, roles, relationships, and inequalities have profound effects on the health and well-being of women and girls. Bottom line, gender inequality increases vulnerability and risk for disease and disability while decreasing access to health education, counselling, products, and services. Gender inequality is one of the chief social determinants of preventable mortality and morbidity and of unnecessary human suffering; unaddressed, it makes the attainment of universal human rights an impossible goal. Given the critical role that gender plays, mainstreaming gender into school education programs and policies will help maximize results. Gathering sex-disaggregated data and measuring change with gender-sensitive indicators are first steps. promote gender-equitable health outcomes and support gender-balance within the institution itself.


23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

get your flu shot? get on it.

learn why you need a flu shot . . . immunity is wonderful.

check out this great video from NPR:

from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Who Should Get Vaccinated
On February 24, 2010 vaccine experts voted that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year starting with the 2010-2011 influenza season. CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for “universal” flu vaccination in the U.S. to expand protection against the flu to more people.

While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that the following groups get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications:

– Pregnant women
– Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
– People 50 years of age and older
– People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
– People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
– People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
– Health care workers
– Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
– Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)

Sexual Transmitted Infections: Get your facts!

(sex-positive) education is powerful. understanding what risk factors are linked to Sexual Transmitted Infections (STIs) can help you protect you and your partner from them. please feel free to discuss your worries, anxieties and questions with your health care provider.

*STD = sexually transmitted disease. it’s a bit of an outdated term, but you get the idea . . .

Via: Health Testing Centers

women’s health in the US: an inforgraphic

beautifully done. powerful. a collaboration of GOOD and Deeplocal

Gangs and Cupcakes: Violence and Sugar Go Together – The Atlantic

Gangs and Cupcakes: Violence and Sugar Go Together – The Atlantic.

simple tools to save lives: a health promoter model

click on the image for the full view . . .

original link

HIV/Aids in Eastern Europe

a really moving photo essay done by Science.

Contributing correspondent Jon Cohen examines the spread of HIV in Russia and Ukraine, which together account for more than 90% of the infections in Eastern Europe. Cohen and photographer Malcolm Linton visited researchers, clinicians, advocates, and affected communities in both countries. This photo gallery highlights some of those individuals, how they are responding to the epidemic, and the challenges they face.

check it out here: