Health & Medicine

Menstrual Health Week: Reader’s Questions

During Right For Education’s Menstrual Health Week we have been collecting your questions and comments. We have answered some of them below. IRENE ANDERSON ASKED: HOW CAN THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE AFFECT FERTILITY? A woman’s fertility (how likely she is to get pregnant) changes during different phases of the menstrual cycle.

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Menstrual Hygiene Management

A period is when a woman bleeds from her vagina for a few days. Although there are many myths surrounding periods, if managed correctly, they are very normal and a sign that you are healthy. They start at puberty (when girls are aged 10-14) and happen once a month. They

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Menstrual Hygiene Management

A period is when a woman bleeds from her vagina for a few days. Although there are many myths surrounding periods, if managed correctly, they are very normal and a sign that you are healthy. They start at puberty (when girls are aged 10-14) and happen once a month. They

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David Miliband on the International Rescue Committee and Malnutrition: ‘The biggest problem is the idea that we can’t conquer it.’

David Milliband is the CEO of the International Rescue Committee, which is a humanitarian organisation that helps people affected by conflict, war, and natural disasters. Before that, he was the UK Foreign Secretary. Right For Education met David Miliband at the World Innovation Summit for Health last year, where he

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Vaccines and the fight against Ebola

VACCINES AND THE FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA In March 2014, West Africa experienced the largest outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in history. The outbreak  began in Guinea and then spread very quickly through Liberia and Sierra Leone, with cases also reported in Senegal, Nigeria, and the D.R.C. In June 2016,

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A vaccine success story: Polio

WHAT IS POLIO? Polio is a virus that can cause permanent paralysis. It mainly affects children under 5 years old. Polio cannot be cured, but it can be prevented. If the polio vaccine is given multiple times, it can protect a child for life. THE MISSION TO ERADICATE POLIO The

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The Measles Outbreak in Africa

THE MEASLES EPIDEMIC IN AFRICA In Africa, eight times as many people caught measles in January, February and March of this year compared to last year. A 700% increase. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the worst affected countries. THE CURRENT SITUATION IN THE DRC There is

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The Costs of Vaccine Refusal

THE COST OF VACCINE REFUSAL Vaccines are a scientifically-proven way of preventing disease. However, many people both in Sub-Saharan Africa and in the West refuse to receive vaccines. This is often due to unproven myths and misinformation surrounding the purpose and side-effects of vaccines. Vaccine refusal leads to outbreaks of

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Developing a Malaria Vaccine

DEVELOPING A MALARIA VACCINE Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by a parasite that is transmitted to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. It is particularly dangerous for young children and pregnant women. Malaria can be prevented by avoiding mosquito bites. There have been many efforts to prevent

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