How the Health Industry Abuses Human Rights in Bangladesh


In July of 2002, an independent study was performed in three of the slum areas of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Although the government regularly surveys the urban population for health concerns, the slum areas are not included in the population surveyed. This gives a biased result which makes the healthcare situation appear better than it actually is.

This survey showed that 60% of Dhaka’s 17.6 million people live in the slums of the capital city. Of the participants in the survey, 93% had been born in the surrounding villages and migrated to the city in hope of finding better work and a better life. Once they arrived in the city, however, they found themselves trapped in a hopeless situation where their expenses exceed their income; they live in substandard housing with landlords who have little to no accountability for the living condition of their tenants and have no financial means to improve their situation.

Can the Poor Lift the Poor?


Countries, whether developed or developing, undergo turmoil, suffer from economic deprivation and social unrest sometimes due to the decisions of a few in power, sometimes due to other forces like natural disasters and civil wars. Thanks to globalisation the world is a much smaller place now where the news of a far away country has equal significance and implications as that of an event that occurs locally. Such reports are important for the masses to have access to.

However, much too often we hear about all the wrongs in the world with experts providing models and suggestions to solve the issues that are only theoretically attainable.

By Nancy Kamal | 26 July 2011

Betel Juice, Betel Juice!


Thin slices of the areca nut, with a touch of tobacco and calcium hydroxide, masterfully wrapped in glossy betel leaves. Served in multiples and ate in quick successions. Appreciation is expressed through the discharge of a deep, organza juice.

It is, quite clearly, an acquired taste.

A huge phenomenon, most prevalent in South Asia and South East Asia where the consumption of, what the entire package is called, “betel nut” is carried out in homes, social gatherings and parties. Popular amongst women and men alike.

By Nancy Kamal | 11 July 2011