Why can’t Pakistan eradicate polio?

After a four month hiatus, Pakistan is set to restart its polio vaccination drive in the highest-risk regions in the country. Health officials aim to vaccinate over 800,000 children over five days in the districts of Karachi, Quetta, Faisalabad, Attock and South Waziristan. The vaccination drive will start initially in these areas where the polioContinue reading “Why can’t Pakistan eradicate polio?”

Fake pilots and heroin smuggling; PIA is unfit for purpose

Once a well-respected international airline with a burgeoning reputation, recent years have seen Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) condemned as a corrupt organisation; bereft of real leadership and values. In its formative years in the mid 1980’s, Emirates sought help from PIA to procure planes and train its staff. In the decades that followed, the twoContinue reading “Fake pilots and heroin smuggling; PIA is unfit for purpose”

Death by disease or starvation: Bangladesh’s garment workers are struggling to survive

As the western world battles a pandemic, the struggle to survive in Bangladesh is more connected than is initially apparent. Though the death rate is climbing steadily – currently standing at 1,012 at the time of writing – the prevailing concern is one of economics rather than healthcare provision. In fact, as a developing country,Continue reading “Death by disease or starvation: Bangladesh’s garment workers are struggling to survive”

Kerala: India’s unsung hero on the coronavirus outbreak

To the casual observer, Kerala’s clash with coronavirus started on the 27th of January when three Indian students returning from Wuhan tested positive for Covid-19. In actual fact, the story of Kerala’s much envied response to the pandemic starts a whole two years earlier.  It was from the lessons learnt during the Nipah outbreak inContinue reading “Kerala: India’s unsung hero on the coronavirus outbreak”

Why are there so few coronavirus deaths in India?

South Asia is one of the world’s most densely populated regions and thought to be highly vulnerable to any large scale outbreak. India has a population of 1.3 billion and has seen around 3,000 deaths from 100,000 cases. In comparison, the USA has witnessed over 88,000 deaths from almost 1.5 million cases and that inContinue reading “Why are there so few coronavirus deaths in India?”

Low income citizens hit hardest by coronavirus lockdown in Bangladesh

Dhaka, one of the most densely populated cities in the world seems like a ghost town. Usually bustling with over 10 million rickshaw drivers, labourers and roadside vendors, Dhaka’s streets are now eerily quiet. Rickshaw drivers rely on their daily wages to get by and they may be hit hardest by the enforced lockdown. ThisContinue reading “Low income citizens hit hardest by coronavirus lockdown in Bangladesh”

First doctor to die from Covid 19 in Bangladesh

50 year old Md Moyeen Uddin becomes the first doctor to die from Covid-19 in Bangladesh amid concerns about a lack of PPE. He leaves behind 2 children and his wife, who is also a doctor. More than 100 healthcare professionals have been infected so far with the country reporting a death toll of 91Continue reading “First doctor to die from Covid 19 in Bangladesh”

Woman abandoned in jungle by family fearing coronavirus

A 50 year old woman from Tangail, Bangladesh was left abandoned in a jungle by her husband and sons after fearing she had contracted coronavirus. She had been suffering from shortness of breath and a fever for a day. He family, suspecting she had contracted the coronavirus, took her to a jungle in Sakhipur’s IsadighiContinue reading “Woman abandoned in jungle by family fearing coronavirus”