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Teaching With Movement

By Sweta

Here is the original article that talks about the “Health Privilege” activity. It goes more in-depth regarding health and health care disparities in United States.



Gender of your Children Determine Contraception Use in Nepal?

By evad5735

Read more from the International Journal of Gynecology Obstetrics and more journal articles focused on Nepal.

Association between having no sons and using no contraception amount a nationally representative sample of you wives in Nepal: Abstract


To examine whether a lack of sons predicts non-use of contraception among young wives in Nepal.


Data were obtained from married females aged 15–24years who participated in the Nepal 2022 Demographic and Health Survey (n=2439). Multivariate models were used to test predictions of modern contraception use with the following variables: having no sons, social inequities (wealth, education, rural residence, and caste), gender inequities (early age at marriage, spousal age, and education gaps), respondent age, parity, and geographic region.


Most wives (79%) reported using no modern contraception. Non-use was more likely among those with no living sons (adjusted odds ratio [AOR], 1.6; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.2–2.2), and those who married as a minor (AOR, 1.4; 95% CI, 1.02–1.9) and/or resided in a rural area (AOR, 1.6; 95% CI, 1.3–2.5). Having no daughters was negatively associated with non-use of contraception (AOR, 0.7; 95% CI, 0.5–0.9).


Contraception use is not common among young wives in Nepal. It is, however, more likely among wives with sons and less likely among wives with daughters, demonstrating that son preference continues to affect contraception use among the next generation of mothers in Nepal



ghU reading 3/18/13

By Sweta


1. What are Health and Health Care Disparities?
Health and health care disparities refer to differences in health and health care between population
groups. “Health disparity,” generally refers to a higher burden of illness, injury, disability, or mortality
experienced by one population group relative to another group. A “health care disparity” typically refers
to differences between groups in health coverage, access to care, and quality of care. While disparities
are commonly viewed through the lens of race and ethnicity, they occur across many dimensions,
including socioeconomic status, age, location, gender, disability status, and sexual orientation.
2. Why do Health and Health Care Disparities Matter?




In Medical First, a Baby With H.I.V. Is Deemed Cured

By Sweta

Doctors announced on Sunday that a baby had been cured of anH.I.V. infection for the first time, a startling development that could change how infected newborns are treated and sharply reduce the number of children living with the virus that causes AIDS.



ghU for this week: Why the Wealthy Are Healthy

By Sweta

Why the Wealthy Are Healthy


May 15, 2012

Several years ago Carnegie Mellon psychologist Sheldon Cohen performed an experiment to try to predict people’s susceptibility to disease. First, he asked his subjects one question about their childhood. Then he squirted a cold virus into their noses and waited a few days to see who got sick, and who didn’t.

He found that significantly more people who answered “no” to his one question came down with a cold, while only a few of those who answered “yes” got sick. The question: Did your parents own their own home when you were a child?


Full article:




ghU for the week: being aware of modern day slavery

By edohm

The estimated number of slaves in the world today is 20-30 million. This is a difficult number to calculate…it’s a largely hidden population…and what counts as slavery? We’ve spent a lot of time over the year talking about human rights–sometimes in regards to subtle, seemingly every day matters, and other times in cases where human rights are clearly being denied/violated. Take some time to check out this video about modern day slavery. The first 10 minutes or so highlights places in Nepal and India–so definitely take the time to watch that part at least. We won’t talk directly about this topic next week (in our meeting), but keep it in mind throughout our discussions, and build an awareness of these things, especially if you did not already know they were going on.

For the facts and just more information about modern day slavery and what measures are (and aren’t) being taken, check out the CNN Freedom Project page.