Thursday, 28 January 2016

What Zika And The Flint Water Crisis Have In Common

Environmental racism
Governor Rick Snyder wring savings out of communities, and intended to kick the cost system with emergency managers, local representatives of the travesty that occurred due to lead poisoning in Flint. Flint Flint River water from contaminated water supply in history, from Detroit Lake Huron water treatment, has been replaced, and the ~ $ 100 / day to save, did not bother to include the anticorrosives. The cost to repair the damage is estimated as $ 1.5 billion.
Now, the community at any level of lead-tainted water, toxic has been drinking, and they were in my previous post, Flint likely to stain an entire generation of children can cause lasting brain damage. Pediatrician and whistleblower Dr. Mona hna- Attisha explained⁠, "the life of their child during adulthood through to see the results ... with a lifetime Lead is a neurotoxin irreversible, I do not see leadership disease I, multi-generational impact. And we had an entire population exposed to. "
Flint poverty⁠ to forty percent, with more than half of African-American poor town. Within the flint, the most disadvantaged pockets. Language barriers in the Arab-American and Hispanic communities about the problem of consciousness is affected. ICE raids and deportation of undocumented immigrants in the recent rise, justifiably are afraid to seek help. Sign⁠ this week they will be required to produce identification for the bottle of water that appeared to say to the people.
It was later removed.
Similar problems led the Virginia Tech wide before Marc Edwards, for example, showed toxicity Washington, DC, in what is happening.
It is not only the toxicity of lead. Access to clean water in poor areas of the United States, yet many UN is considered a human right, it is not.
Zika from
In Brazil alone there in the past year microcephaly (abnormally small head) with four thousand children have been born, and this serious birth defect now more widely across Latin America and the Caribbean is being viewed. Is not fully proven, the virus that causes Zika microcephaly is highly unlikely.. Suggest the most outrageous women to delay getting pregnant for the entire two years El Salvador, which recommended, came from. How is that feasible?
We access data and to prevent the outbreak of Zika look carefully at aspects of social justice in Latin America, 76% of women use contraception 'shows that, surprisingly, data on contraceptive use published. The number of conservative Catholic and Evangelical influence in the region, it seems to me surprisingly high. For clarification, IPAS, an international reproductive rights non-governmental organization Beatriz Galli, Senior Policy Advisor for Latin America has changed. Speaking from Brazil, the results of these surveys are likely to produce or maintain any time or in the correct use of contraceptive use in married women reflect the times and stressed that it was. Family planning laws are in place and the Ministries of Health are providing contraception, access to them is very variable, and as they should be "to reach marginalized, poor, rural" areas. Sex education in schools access a complete "is not about cuts. Religion because of pressure, poor and rural women need to plan their pregnancies to information or the right to access methods Not likely. "Similarly, he felt (some LAC countries) used a contraceptive is misleading data about youth. "Adolescents are not given the right information. Sometimes they consistently have problems ... privacy" as well. "Teen pregnancy rates that governments may need to provide adequate access to information and services that are unable to confirm that."
Guttmacher Institute report on the Latin American and Caribbean countries in the world -56% is the highest rate of unintended pregnancy. Physical and / or sexual intimate partner violence by women in the region is 30%. PAHO report similar figures.
Partner violence Given these disturbing numbers, street pregnancy is completely unrealistic to delay the government's recommendations. The "unequal power relations in this patriarchal society" sees and governments to deal with public health crises responsibility women with limited sovereignty over their own individual emphasizes that putting responsibility . "Zika the women and girls of reproductive age and their families potentially major public health crisis with devastating consequences."
Women bear the burden
Why contraception, or rape or domestic violence, lack of access of poor women who are pregnant, what happens?
Not surprisingly, unplanned births in the United States delayed prenatal care, poor mental and physical health, and child is associated with poor results.
Many women in other countries also fare poorly. "Almost half the world's population, 2.8 billion people, live less than $ 2 a day. Almost 20 percent of the world population, 1.2 billion people, are less than $ 1 a day," people living in extreme poverty 60 percent are women. Women also comprise 64% of those who read.
Zika from CDC infection during pregnancy for women who grew up with serial ultrasound monitoring is recommended. It might warn them of an impending tragedy addition, newly emerging diseases is very good in helping us to understand, but is very rare for victims.
Many infections or toxins, as well as chromosomal abnormalities, microcephaly may cause. The incidence of birth defects in areas Zika is estimated that 1% at0.2 is important to note. Zika microcephaly is causing the current epidemic is growing evidence. "Microcephaly different things and it is not diagnosed until after the newborn period, many of which can be several times," the Marjorie Treadwell, a mother and fetal medicine at the University of Michigan professor notes. Fetal ultrasonography in Israel Gustavo Mallinger, a WHO expert on the Gyn and additional worries. He said to me, "microcephaly with a head circumference of children born with the highest during the first year of life and microcephaly are developing." He said that with the Zika, the low SE per skull size, but not the intensity that reflects the underlying infection adds.should. "
Do not rub. Abortion many places to save the mother's life, is illegal in Latin America. Abortion is illegal in the United States when microcephaly often do not know until 24-28 weeks gestation, (although many states, it is illegal to call before).
As recounted in the prohibition of abortion disproportionately, affects poor women, "evangelical pregnant and desperate in Brazil." Guttmacher Institute, 95% of abortions in LAC in an environment without the necessary skills performed by an individual standards, or who were unprotected by the report that the minimum medical standards, or both. is not consistent. The Latin America and the Caribbean, only 2/1000 considered "safe." About 760,000 women for treatment of complications from unsafe abortions annually are admitted to hospital, women numbered 31/1000. The stigma, cost, and legal consequences, many others get inadequate care.
What with the growing epidemic of microcephaly?
The standing water, ideal mosquito breeding grounds with a pool is more likely to live in urban slums as poor women more likely, than their more affluent counterparts will have more infections. They also have air conditioning without proper protective screens or are more likely to live in dilapidated housing.
Poor women in both Latin America and the United States, where Zika will likely hit the Gulf States increasingly vulnerable to abortion will be closed. Since it more often, here and in Latin America in Indiana in 2014, and as unable, or even unintentionally miscarriage, stillbirth or the barbaric laws and imprisonment of embryos Those who are likely to encounter.
microcephaly and mental retardation, deafness, or a child who is born with blindness, poor women also care for their child's future will be a greater burden. LAC and the most strongly expanding their Medicaid and social services for citizens who opposed the Gulf States, support is not enough for both of them. After the birth, the needs of children and mothers are often forgotten.
As emphasized street, the Zika "living in poor urban and rural areas, the problem affected only poor and disadvantaged women are more likely to have a social justice. The delay in transit to or remain pregnant against their will should not be told. This is their dignity and their reproductive rights are violated. "
Zika and lead poisoning epidemic at first glance seem unrelated to power, they both globally, the poor, and especially poor women of color reflect the high loads encountered. Access to safe water, safe environment, and serious ethical and human rights issues, including the sovereignty, high. Placing the burden on poor women avoid pregnancy for contraception, especially where access is limited, is unconscionable and unenforceable, and where the female partner without risking violence, sex, the "no say" may not be able to. Finally, Flint and Zika from the failure of governments to protect their citizens disasters reflect.
Suggested Reading:
Drinking water: a basic human need people in Flint were stripped How to
Virginia Tech's Web site,
Nutrition and Lead Resource Guide
Pregnant and civil rights

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