Category: Independence Day Greetings

August 6th, 2016 by LiveMD

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August 3rd is Niger’s Independence Day

Today we wish all the people of Niger a very Happy Independence Day!
 
Every year, on August 3rd, celebrations are held around the country, commemorating the Republic of Niger’s independence from France in 1960. This western African country has a population of almost 21,000,000 and is one of the largest countries in this region. It is a developing country and unfortunately ranks as one of the lowest on the United Nation’s Human Development Index scale.
 
Overview of Niger’s Health Statistics

Niger faces many very difficult challenges that are hindering both its development and advancement as a nation and also the health and wellbeing of its people. Due to its hot, desert climate, agriculture is a challenge and therefore food production is low. There is also the constant threat of drought which affects both food supply and the abundance of clean, fresh water. Birth rates in this country are very high as birth control methods are not widely used, leading to overpopulation and increased poverty. Niger also has a very poor healthcare system and even in large urban areas, hospitals are often lacking in proper supplies and equipment.
 
Predominant Health Concerns Affecting the People of Niger
 
Lack of Doctors

It is estimated that there are less than 300 doctors throughout the entire country of Niger. This means that there is only 1 doctor to help every 70,000 people. These statistics show that the majority of the country is living without proper medical care and many are suffering without treatment for easily curable diseases. The majority of pregnant women do not receive proper prenatal care and most births are had without the assistance of a doctor leading to high mother and infant mortality rates. Pregnant women have a 1 in 16 chance of dying during childbirth due to this lack of care. Much of the country’s inhabitants rely on traditional healers for their medical needs.
 
Poor Sanitation

The high level of poor sanitation in Niger means that much of the country’s water supply is contaminated. These high contamination rates lead to an increase in diseases such as diarrhea and cholera. Epidemics of these diseases happen regularly during periods of high rainfall, which causes water sources to become even more contaminated.
 
Malaria

Malaria is rampant in Niger. It poses one of the highest risks to the health of this country’s inhabitants. Children are among the most affected by Malaria and estimates show that 1 in 5 deaths are caused from this disease. Foreign aid is trying to reduce the effect that this disease has on the people of Niger by providing mosquito nets and repellent-sprayed clothing.
 
Malnutrition

Short food supplies and extreme poverty has led to nearly half of the entire population of Niger being in need of food. Severe droughts affect livestock and crops causing food to be scarce. This issue affects children the most and causes decreased immunity and stunted growth. The government has identified that there is a hunger problem throughout the country and is stepping up with new initiatives designed to help feed and nourish the people.
 
After 56 years, today LiveMD would like to wish the the Republic of Niger and all of its people, a very happy Independence Day.
 
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August 1st, 2016 by LiveMD

On August 1st, LiveMD will be celebrating independence day along with all of the people of Benin.

Benin is a relatively small country, located in West Africa, bordering Nigeria. Its population of 10 million people, is predominantly French speaking and have an interesting history and culture, rich in traditional beliefs and voodoo practices. On August 1st, 1960, the people of the Republic of Benin declared themselves an independent nation after 88 years of being a French colony.

Overview of Benin’s Health Statistics

The Beninese people face many challenges related to the the health and wellbeing of their people. It is estimated that only three quarters of the population have access to safe drinking water and for most of the households there is not a safe disposal system for wastewater. This poor sanitation system results in contaminated water and an increase in many easily preventable diseases. The average life expectancy for the people of this country is only 61 years of age and recent estimates show that close to half of the entire population is under the age of 15. Much of the rural areas of Benin receive health care via mobile health units and the government is currently in the process of expanding their health care policy and broadening the level of access and services available to all of the country’s people.

Predominant Health Concerns Affecting the People of Benin

Maternal Care

Currently in Benin, the level of prenatal care for pregnant women is very low. It is estimated that there are only 4 midwives available for every 1,000 births and of those births, 121 will die before their 5th birthday. Due to this lack of proper care, the risk of death while giving birth is very high with a 50% risk of death for all women in their lifetimes.

Malnutrition
Malnutrition is a very big problem for the people of Benin. There is a lack of good, nutritious food for many of the country’s inhabitants, especially those living in rural regions. 25% of children are considered malnourished which can lead to a vast array of health problems including stunted growth and development.

Education and Literacy

Many of the people of Benin are lacking in education. The education system is underdeveloped, especially in rural areas and the majority of the population has never attended classes, especially girls and women. It is estimated that less than 35% of the population can read and write. This lack of education and poor literacy rates translate back to a problem in healthcare as well. A population that lacks in overall education is lacking in healthcare knowledge, creating a vicious cycle of poverty and disease.

Malaria and Other Mosquito Borne Illnesses

As with many of the African nations, Benin suffers from the frequency and severity of diseases such as malaria, yellow fever and dengue fever. These mosquito borne illnesses are rampant throughout the country and affect much of the population at some point during their lives.

LiveMD would like to wish all of the Beninese people a very happy Independence Day today and would like to congratulate you on all of your accomplishments so far. Much work is still needed to improve the lives of all of the people in Benin, but through government intervention and foreign aid, steps are being taken in the right direction.

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July 28th, 2016 by LiveMD

Today we would like to wish all of the people of Peru a very Happy Independence Day.

On July 28, 1821, Peru declared their independence from the Spanish Empire. This coastal country, located on the Western edge of South America is now home to over 30 million people and boasts a unique culture that is rich in tradition and history.

Overview of Peru’s Health Statistics

With an average life expectancy of 78 years of age, the people of Peru are making great strides to meet and achieve the development goals set for them by the World Health Organization. The government has implemented strict immunization policies resulting in close to 98% of the population being vaccinated for the most common communicable diseases. There is also a very high attendance rate for schools in both rural and urban areas, with over 93% of the population receiving an education.

One of the main goals of the people of Peru has been to bring about equal access to healthcare for all, with no discrimination between the poor and wealthy or those in rural versus urban settings. Although there are still many improvements to be made, Peru is making steps in the right direction to improve the health of all of their citizens.

Predominant Health Concerns Affecting the Peruvian People

The warm, tropical weather of Peru is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitos and other insects and parasites and therefore the risk of contracting a vector borne illnesses is very high for the people of this country. Malaria, typhoid fever, yellow fever and dengue fever are all common ailments. Other health concerns in Peru include:

Oropouche Virus Disease

A recent outbreak of Oropouche Virus was reported in Peru earlier this year. This virus originates in sloths and is transmitted when a fly or mosquito bites the animal and then proceeds to bite a human. An infected person will present with the very sudden onset of a fever and then the development of other flu-like symptoms.

Indigenous Health Beliefs

Many of the people living in rural regions of Peru have very limited access to modern healthcare. Studies have shown that of these rural populations more than 20% have never visited a doctor in their lifetime. Most of these people rely on traditional healer and medicine men and women to cure them of their ailments. Although many of these traditional healing techniques may provide some relief, they often cannot compare to the modern day treatments.

Peru is doing a great job in attempting to improve the health care available there and therefore the quality of life for all of the country’s inhabitants. After 195 years of independence this country has done an amazing job and integrating modern culture with its rich traditional beliefs and today we celebrate your independence with you.

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July 26th, 2016 by LiveMD

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Today, July 26, 2016, the people of the Maldives celebrate 51 years of independence. LiveMD would like to extend a heartfelt congratulations!

Located in the Indian Ocean,the Maldives gained their sovereignty from the United Kingdom and became an independent state in 1965. This country is made up of over a thousand tiny islands and it’s beautiful beaches are known around the world as a top tourist destination. This country has a small population of approximately 350,000 people and the tourism industry is this country’s primary source of income.

Overview of The Maldives Health Statistics

The life expectancy of the people of this country is very high at 77 years of age. Part of this is due to its very high immunization rate. Approximately 99% of the entire population has received their standard vaccinations, resulting in almost non-existent episodes of preventable diseases.  This country is also the only southeast Asian country to have completely eradicated Malaria and have remained this way for 32 years. The Maldives has a very good healthcare system and  a good hygiene and sanitary system in place.

Predominant Health Concerns of the People of The Maldives

Geography – One of the biggest barriers to health care faced by the people of this country is its location and geography. Located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, this country is made up of over 1,000 tiny islands and in the past many would have to travel, by sea, to obtain necessary care. Recently, strategies have been implemented to place at least one medical facility on every island which has increased the level of access to care but for severe illnesses, surgeries or emergencies, travel is still necessary.

The geography of this country also has an impact on the number of doctors residing there. They rely heavily on doctor from other regions to come and practice in the Maldives as there are few training facilities and universities available in the country. Medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, technology and equipment must also be imported as well.

Heart Disease and Stroke – With the westernisation of the Maldives came the onset of many first-world diseases such as heart disease and stroke. These are some of the number one causes of death in this country and are due to the inclusion of more unhealthy, fried, high sodium foods into the diet.

Smoking – Smoking tobacco in the Maldives is very common with close to 45% of males partaking in this activity. This has lead to an increase in smoking related diseases such as lung disease and cancer, oral health issues and oral cancers.

Today we would like to wish the people of the Maldives a very Happy Independence Day! Congratulations on all of the progress you have made since your independence and congratulations on the bright and promising future that you have ahead of you.

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July 26th, 2016 by LiveMD

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Today LiveMD would like to congratulate the country of Liberia and its people on 169 years of independence.

Liberia is a country located on the west coast of Africa. Liberia’s founding inhabitants were freed slaves from America and the Caribbean and on July 26th, 1847, declared themselves an independent nation, free from the American Colonization Society, who previously ruled the land.

Overview of Liberia’s Health Statistics

Liberia has a population of close to 4.5 million people. It is a country that has suffered greatly from war and poverty but after 13 years of peace, the people of the country are working towards overall stability, growth and advancement. The average life expectancy of the Liberian people is 63 years of age and lack of effective health care throughout the country is a major concern. There are approximately only 5,000 health workers and under 100 doctors to service most of the population. Most of the clinics and hospitals throughout the country were demolished or made unsafe from the previous conflict and war in the country and because of this millions of people are suffering and left without proper care. Since the end of the war in 2003, Liberia has received a great deal of foreign aid while they attempt to regain their footing and build up their health care sector again. They are also working on implementing a more effective immunization program.

Predominant Health Concerns Affecting the People of Liberia

Ebola – Although currently under control, Liberia has experienced flare-ups of Ebola in recent years. These flare-ups keep the country and it’s healthcare workers on high alert to prevent any possible future epidemics of this disease. Ebola is a highly contagious disease with severe and often fatal outcomes. It is spread by the bodily fluids of someone who is infected and causes symptoms similar to those of the flu along with unexplained bruising and bleeding.

Malaria – Liberia is another country that still struggles with the problem of high rates of malaria infection. It is estimated that close to 33 percent of all deaths in Liberia are due to malaria and this disease accounts for 41 percent of deaths in children. One report, by Unicef, states that the average Liberian child, under 5 years of age, will experience Malaria twice per year. There have been many advancements made in decreasing the number of episodes of malaria, such as providing bed nets to all households throughout the county, but more needs to be done to further protect the people of this country from this disease.

Malnutrition – Liberia is considered one of the poorest countries in the world and it is estimated that close to 75% of the country’s population lives on less than $1 a day. Due to this high poverty rate, there is also a very high rate of malnutrition. Close to 40% of children experience the effects of stunted growth and close to 7% of the population are considered severely malnourished or starving. Again, the government is making advancements to help treat this problem and to educate the people about proper nutrition and its importance but until poverty levels decrease and nutritious food is made more available, many in the country will continue to suffer.

Mental Health Issues – After 14 years of war and unrest many of Liberia’s people suffer the consequences of these traumatic events. Many people are fighting severe depression, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) or other mental illnesses. The country’s lack of proper healthcare and limited access to mental health workers has left many people to suffer alone and in silence.

Since the end of war in Liberia, this country has been making attempts to better the health and lives of its inhabitants. Much more work needs to be done to bring a higher level of care and standard of living to all of the people of Liberia but steps are being taken in the right direction.

On this day, LiveMD would like to say congratulations on 169 years of Independence to everyone in Liberia! Take this day to celebrate how far you have come as a nation and look to the future to see what great things it will hold for you!

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July 1st, 2016 by LiveMD

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Please join us in congratulating the people of Burundi on 54 years of Independence!

Each year on July 1st, the people of Burundi celebrate their independence. Previously known as Ruanda-Urundi, this country split from their Belgium ties to form the two countries now known as Rwanda and Burundi in 1962. Burundi is located in central Africa and has a population of approximately 10.8 million people

Overview of Burundi’s Health Statistics

Burundi is a country that is lacking in basic health care. The people of this country are living in extreme poverty and the government has created a policy that does not allow for any funding of healthcare for the country’s people. This means that all doctor visits, medications and treatment procedures come at a very high cost for the Burundi people. The majority of the people in this country cannot afford this care and therefore are forced to suffer without it.

The average life expectancy of the Burundi people is 50 years of age and there are approximately only 5 doctors available for every 100,000 people.

Predominant Health Concerns Affecting the People of Burundi

War and Violence

Burundi is a country that was ravaged by civil war for over 12 years and is still on the brink of further conflict. An estimated 300,000 people have died so far due to this violence and thousands more are suffering from the injuries and the poverty that the war has brought to them.

High Infant and Child Mortality

In this country there is a high rate of infant and child mortality. 41 out of every 1,000 babies born will die within their first 4 weeks of life. This is partly due to the fact that there is a lack of medical funding and therefore not enough care for pregnant women and new mothers. Women also experience pregnancies at too young of an age or are pregnant too frequently. An estimated 38% of infants and children are also malnourished, leading to stunted growth and development and an increase in the death rate.

Waterborne Illnesses

Much of this country is without safe drinking water and only 32% of the population have access to safe sanitation facilities. Due to these facts there is a high incidence of waterborne diseases, parasites and diarrhea.

HIV and AIDS

HIV and AIDS infection rates are extremely high in Burundi. Approximately 3% of the population have either HIV or AIDS, however this number is steadily decreasing. Much has been done to educate and help prevent the spread of these infections over the past few years but much more needs to be done before this disease is completely eradicated.

On July 1st, LiveMD would like to wish all of the Burundi people a very happy Independence Day.

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July 1st, 2016 by LiveMD

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Today, LiveMD would like to wish all of the people of Somalia a Happy Independence Day as you celebrate 56 years as an independent nation!

In 1960,  Somalia, a country located in the Horn of Africa, gained its independence from Britain and became an independent nation, officially known as the Federal Republic of Somalia.

Overview of Somalia’s Health Statistics

With a population of 10.5 million people, Somalia is a country that has been ravaged by civil war and violence. It is estimated that close to 1 million people have lost their lives in the battles that raged within this country throughout the last 2 decades. Due to this conflict, Somalia is still struggling to get back on its feet and rebuild. The average life expectancy in Somalia is 54 years of age and this country ranks 4th highest in infant mortality rates in the world.

Predominant Health Concerns of the Somali People

Polio

Throughout the world, polio has become almost completely eradicated due to thorough vaccination programs. In Somalia, however,  there have been recent outbreaks of this disease,  prompting inoculation programs to be initiated.  Polio is a crippling virus that is highly contagious and is spread from person to person. It infects the spinal cord and brain and causes paralysis that could ultimately lead to death.

Measles

Within the past few years there have been many measles outbreaks in Somalia affecting the health of thousands of children. It is estimated that only 30% of children in this country have been vaccinated against this preventable disease. Efforts have been made to improve this vaccination rate and stop the measles virus from spreading further.

Ignorance

Many people in Somalia chose not to seek appropriate medical care, despite the fact that they may have access to medical treatment. Many pregnant women chose not to seek prenatal care for their unborn children and often people will neglect an illness until it has progressed beyond being treatable. Traditional healers are still the most popular choice for medical care in this country and in many cases, traditional herbal remedies and therapies may make the illness worse.

There is also a high incidence of malpractice by doctors and hospitals as strict licensing and training requirements are not always enforced.

We, at LiveMD, would like to wish all of the Somali people a very happy Independence Day today! Our goal is to provide easily accessible, quality healthcare services to people from around the world who are in need of care. If you have questions about your health or are in need of advice, please visit our website today at www.mylivemd.com.  

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July 1st, 2016 by LiveMD

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On July 1st, help us to celebrate Rwanda’s Independence Day!

Rwanda is a central African nation with a population of approximately 12 million people. This green country with a rolling landscape has been lovingly nicknamed “the land of a thousand hills” by its people and it is home to many diverse species of plants and animals. The country was founded in 1962 after leaving Belgium’s rule and claiming their independence.

Overview of Rwanda’s Health Statistics

Rwanda is currently trying to rebuild and restructure their health care system after the recent conflict that the country has endured. The majority of the health care in the country is funded by a combination of the government and religious and humanitarian missions. There are currently 34 hospitals operating in the country and close to 200 urgent care crisis centers. The average life expectancy for the Rwandan people is 63 years of age.

Predominant Health Concerns Affecting the People of Rwanda

Malaria is a severe problem in this country, affecting close to 1.5 million people each year. There is also an issue with waterborne diseases as only 50% of the population has access to safe drinking water. Tuberculosis is widespread throughout the country, affecting close to 70 people out of every 100,000 and HIV and AIDS infection rates are relatively high as well. Some of the health concerns that are more specific to this country are:

Kwashiorkor

Kwashiorkor is a form of malnutrition, usually seen in areas that are experiencing extreme famine. It is caused by a lack of protein in the diet and can be fatal if not properly treated.Eating a balanced diet containing enough fats, carbohydrates and protein will easily treat this condition. Symptoms of Kwashiorkor include a look of extreme emaciation except in the feet, ankles and belly area. These areas become swollen due to the water retention that occurs from malnutrition and the belly can appear very large and distended. Children who endure this condition for long periods of time may experience permanent organ damage and stunted growth.

Hepatitis

This infectious disease is quite prevalent in Rwanda, affecting between 1.5% – 3.5% of the population. Hepatitis is most common in the urban areas of this country and is found less frequently in rural regions. Hepatitis is transmitted through sexual contact or by coming into contact with the blood of an infected person

Mental Health Issues

During the last decade, after the recent conflict and genocide that has occurred in Rwanda, mental health problems have become increasingly common. It is estimated that mental health issues have increased close to 1000%. During times of great stress and trauma, people have to endure things that can greatly affect their mental and emotional state, causing an increase in depression, mood disorders and drug and alcohol abuse rates. Programs have been initiated to help those affected, especially young children.

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June 30th, 2016 by LiveMD

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Today we celebrate Independence Day!

On June 30th, 1960, The Belgian Congo declared its independence from the country of Belgium and became their own nation, officially known as Republique du Congo. Independence day is known throughout the country as the most important day of the entire year. On this day, after 56 years of independence, the people of the Congo will pay tribute to those who gave their lives to win this country’s freedom.
Overview of the Congo’s Health Statistics

The Congo is a country located in central Africa. It has a population of over 80 million people and is one of the most populated countries in the world. It is also the largest French speaking country. This country is extremely rich in natural resources however development has been stunted due to severe wars and government corruption.

A majority of the country’s inhabitants live in rural areas making access to health care difficult and most of these people are living below the poverty line. The average life expectancy for the Congolese people is 58 years of age and there is less than 1 physician for every 1,000 people.

Predominant Health Concerns Affecting the Congolese People
As with many other African nations in this region, the people of the Congo are battling severe malnutrition issues, high contraction rates of HIV and AIDS and frequent, severe outbreaks of Malaria. Waterborne diseases, such as cholera and schistosomiasis are also common and since medical care is difficult to obtain, over 3% of the people who contract these disease will die from them.

War and Corruption

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a country that has been ravaged by war and violence. The outcomes from these conflicts severe, leaving millions wounded, dead or displaced. Children are often left orphaned and with nowhere to go. Theft and corruption has also been commonplace in this country for many years. Governments and those in charge have been know to steal millions of dollars from the country’s people, making the rich even richer and the poor even poorer.

Yellow Fever

Very recently there have been many severe outbreaks of yellow fever in the Congo, with over 1,000 suspected cases this month alone. This disease is transmitted by mosquitos and can cause fever, headaches, vomiting and in progressed stages, may lead to problems with the liver, heart and kidneys. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is aiming to vaccinate 11.6 million people against yellow fever, starting in mid-July of this year.

Ebola

In the past, the Congo has experienced 7 separate outbreaks of Ebola. Despite a lack of doctors, nurses and medical supplies, the country has devised strict protocols and methods of dealing with future outbreaks. There is currently no evidence of Ebola being present in this country but the risk factor for contraction is still relatively high due to the fact that many neighbouring countries are still being affected by this highly contagious disease. It is unknown where this disease originated. It is spread by coming into contact with infected bodily fluids and causes fever and severe internal bleeding. This disease is usually fatal.

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June 29th, 2016 by LiveMD

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Today LiveMD would like to wish the people of Seychelles a Happy Independence Day!

The Republic of Seychelles is a tiny island nation located in the Indian ocean, with a population of just over 93,000 people. In the early 1970’s this beautiful country was a popular playground for the rich and famous and in 1976 won its independence as an Independent Republic within the British Commonwealth.

Overview of Seychelles Health Statistics

The government of Seychelles has taken great strides in improving the health and wellbeing of its people. By offering free healthcare for everyone of all ages and providing preventative vaccination programs, they have been able to control and reduce the number of communicable diseases that affect the people of this country. The average life expectancy for males in Seychelles is 68 years and for females is 78 years. There is approximately 1 doctor for every 780 people and this country ranks first out of 52 African nations in health care and education.

Predominant Health Concerns Affecting the People of Seychelles
As with any tropical country there is a slight concern for malaria and other mosquito borne illnesses in Seychelles however the risk factors for these disease are relatively low.  There is also a risk of tuberculosis and efforts are being made to decrease the risk of contracting HIV and AIDS. The largest health concern that this country is currently facing now however, is an increase is people suffering from “lifestyle” diseases. Now that the country has succeeded in controlling communicable disease,  a shift has occurred towards more people suffering from non-communicable diseases. Illnesses like diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers are becoming more and more common and are placing a substantial burden on the healthcare system.

Another major problem that is affecting the health care system in Seychelles is the long wait time that is often experienced in clinics and hospitals and the lack of specialized care available. Often people must be flown out to other neighbouring countries to receive treatment when services are not available at home.

The people and government of Seychelles has made tremendous strides to improve the life and health of its people and is continuing to create and meet new goals each year. On this special day, LiveMD would like to congratulate Seychelles on the progress they have made thus far and wish all of the people living there a very Happy Independence Day.

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