Category: Independence Day Greetings

June 28th, 2016 by LiveMD


On June 27th LiveMD wishes the people of Djibouti a very happy Independence Day!

On June 27th, 1977 Djibouti declared themselves an independent nation, breaking away from their previous French rule. This day is marked with celebrations across the country and the green, blue and white flag can be seen flying proudly throughout the land.

Djibouti is a small, coastal country in Africa, bordering the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. The land of this country is considerably dry and is comprised of mountain ranges and deserts. The climate is quite harsh with above average temperatures, making some regions quite difficult to farm and grow food.

Overview of Djibouti’s Health Statistics

The population of Djibouti is estimated at close to 1 million people with an average birth rate of 2.6 children per mother. Access to healthcare is difficult, especially in rural areas with only 18 doctors to every 100,000 people throughout the country. The average life expectancy for the Djibouti people is 62 years of age and there is a high risk of infant mortality and death of pregnant women due to the lack of available prenatal and neonatal care.

Predominant Health Concerns Affecting the People of Djibouti

Female Genital Mutilation

Over 91% of females living in Djibouti have undergone genital mutilation. This practice is extremely common and is something that most women will chose for their children due to strict traditional and religious beliefs. It is thought to prevent promiscuity and sexual assault. Female genital mutilation is very dangerous and can cause a host of medical problems including severe infection, excessive bleeding, difficulty with urination, and problems with childbirth which leads to an increase in newborn deaths.

Food Security and Malnutrition

Due to the harsh, dry climate that affects most of this county, it can be difficult to grow and maintain crops leading to a shortage of food. When food supplies are scarce the result is malnutrition and those most affected are children under the age of 5.

Street Crime and Prostitution

Many urban and city centers are very dangerous areas in Djibouti. The risk of falling victim to a street crime is high and prostitution and human trafficking is rampant as well. Theft, stabbings and street fights are common and due to the increased number of prostitutes, HIV and AIDS rates are high in this country as well.


Tuberculosis is the second leading cause of death in Djibouti, accounting for close to 9% of deaths each year. Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that affects the respiratory tract with symptoms of coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing. If not promptly treated, tuberculosis could lead to severe complications, including death.
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June 26th, 2016 by LiveMD


LiveMD wishes Madagascar a Happy 56th Independence Day!

Located in the western Indian Ocean, Madagascar is a tiny island with a population of just over 23 million people. On June 26th, the people of Madagascar will be celebrating their 56th Independence Day. In 1960, the Malagasy people claimed their independence from France after 64 years of French rule. On this day there will be flags displayed, feasts, dancing and drinking and at night there will be fireworks, used to remember the gunfire that helped to win them their freedom.

Overview of Madagascar’s Health Statistics

With an average life expectancy of 65 years of age, Madagascar is a country with a relatively high level of health care, compared to other third world nations. 65% of the people in this country are literate and there is a high immunization rate as well. Madagascar has taken many measures to decrease the prevalence of HIV and AIDS and currently less than 0.5% of the population is affected by this disease.

Predominant Health Concerns Affecting the Malagasy People

Below are some of the most common issues affecting the health of the people of Madagascar:

Bubonic and Pneumonic Plague

This disease is spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing. It is highly contagious and due to this fact has caused an epidemic situation in Madagascar. There have been numerous reported cases and many confirmed deaths from this plague. Common symptoms include fever, weakness, coughing, wheezing, chest pain, coughing up blood and may lead to respiratory failure. If treated early enough, a course of antibiotics should be sufficient in clearing up the disease.
Food Insecurity

The country of Madagascar is at risk for multiple types of natural disasters and pest infestations. These two factors contribute to an unstable and unpredictable environment for food growth and production. Over 8% of the entire population suffer from food insecurity and therefore the effects of malnutrition. Hurricanes and cyclones can quickly wipe out an area’s food supply and an infestation of pests, such as the current locust crisis, could easily wipe out an entire crop, leaving food supplies dangerously low.


After the malaria epidemic in the 1990’s which caused tens of thousands of deaths, Madagascar has implemented many measures to help decrease the prevalence of this disease. The number of reported cases of malaria is steadily decreasing however it is still a risk for all of those living in or visiting this region. Mosquito nets should always be used and long clothing and mosquito repellant should be applied regularly. Click here for more information on malaria.

Since its independence in 1960, Madagascar has taken great steps to improve the quality of life and level of healthcare available to it’s people. On June 26th, LiveMD would like to wish all of the Malagasy people a very Happy Independence Day!

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June 25th, 2016 by LiveMD

mozambiqueOn June 25th, 2016, LiveMD would like to wish Mozambique a very happy 41st Independence Day.

Mozambique is a South African Nation that is located along the coast of the Indian Ocean. It has a population of approximately 27 million people and on June 25th they will be celebrating 41 years of independence from Portugal. In 1975, after the Carnation Revolution, the people of Mozambique declared their independence, ending 470 years of Portuguese rule.

Overview of Mozambique’s Health Statistics

Mozambique is a country whose primary population lives in rural areas. Across the country, close to 70% of the people live outside of urban centers where access to healthcare, hospitals and doctors can be difficult and these vital amenities are often extremely scarce. Over 10 million of the country’s inhabitants are poor and live below the poverty line and close to 60% are illiterate. The average life expectancy of the people of Mozambique is 59 years of age and this is due, in part, to the fact that only 10% of the rural population have access to sanitation systems and only 35% have access to clean water.

Predominant Health Concerns Affecting the People of Mozambique

Mozambique is a country that is plagued by a plethora of different diseases. Cholera, sleeping sickness, yellow fever and tuberculosis are all rampant in this country, however some diseases are causing a bigger cause for concern.


Although this disease has been almost completely eradicated in most countries, thanks to aggressive vaccination programs,  Mozambique is still burdened by this disease. This disease is highly contagious and is still one of the major causes of death for children under 5 years of age. It is spread through the air by coughing or sneezing and causes a blotchy red rash. If complications develop it could lead to a severe fever, bronchitis or encephalitis.


This disease is far too prevalent in Mozambique. Steps have been taken to provide mosquito nets to those in need and provide methods for spraying for mosquitos in doors. Despite these measures, many still suffer from the deadly effects of malaria in this country. For more information on malaria and its symptoms visit our blog post.


HIV and AIDS is a huge concern for those living in Mozambique. Close to 12% of adults are living with this disease, the majority of whom are women. Although many measures and educational initiatives have been taken to attempt to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS, infection rates are still high. For more information on this disease, visit our blog post.

Leprosy is unfortunately extremely common in Mozambique. It is an infectious disease, caused by bacteria, that can cause painful sores, nerve damage and disfigurement. If not treated early on this disease can progress and eventually lead severe disability and possibly death.

Natural Disasters

Being situated on the Indian Ocean, Mozambique frequently experiences severe tropical storms and cyclones. These cyclones bring with them strong winds which can destroy homes and heavy rains which can flood entire villages. Many lives are lost each year due to these tropical storms.

On June 25th, LiveMD would like to extend a sincere “Happy Independence Day” to the people of Mozambique. 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  

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June 12th, 2016 by LiveMD


On June 12th, LiveMD would like to with the Philippines and it’s people a very Happy Independence Day!

The Philippines is a country made up of a small cluster of islands, located in Southeast Asia, in the Pacific Ocean. It has a population of 100 million people and on June 12th will be celebrating 118 years of independence.  In 1898 the Philippines declared their independence from Spain and every year since that day,  celebrations are held to commemorate this special event.

Overview of the Philippines Health Statistics

The Philippines is a developing country that is still lacking in adequate healthcare for many of its people.  There is approximately 1 doctor to service every 800 people and approximately 1 hospital bed for every 900 people.  Much of the population living in rural areas do not have access to these physicians and healthcare facilities and access to pharmaceutical drugs is scarce in these regions as well. Larger cities, such as Manila, have many hospitals and clinics however many are privately owned and operated meaning that obtaining care there can be very costly to the patient, many of whom cannot afford such care. Medical centers that are more affordable or are funded by the government may not have the most qualified doctors or the most updated facilities and technology.

Predominant Health Concerns Affecting the Filipino People

Malaria – The number of cases of malaria is declining each year in the Philippines and this disease is primarily only found in rural areas of the country that are located at an altitude of 600 meters or lower. Large cities and urban areas have a very low incidence rate but overall there are still numerous cases of infection reported in the Philippines. For more information on malaria, visit our blog.

Dengue Fever – This disease was first discovered in the 1950’s due to an epidemic occurring in the Philippines. It is still prevalent there today with over 200,000 cases reported annually. This disease is transmitted by mosquitos and can cause flu like symptoms that over time can lead to severe vomiting, bleeding from the nose, painful abdominal cramps and extreme fatigue. If not treated, Dengue Fever may result in death.

Diarrhea – Diarrhea is still one of the leading childhood illnesses and causes of death in the Philippines. Caused from drinking contaminated water or eating contaminated food, diarrhea can cause severe dehydration and lead to death if not quickly treated. For more information on diarrhea, visit our website.

Natural Disasters – The Philippines is a country that is at an increased risk for natural disasters. Earthquakes, hurricanes and flooding are extremely common and along with these disasters come many health consequences. Access to medical care becomes even more difficult, water can easily become contaminated and sanitation levels decrease. The effects that natural disasters can have on a country are widespread and can be detrimental on the health of many, many people.

On June 12th, LiveMD would like to wish the people of the Philippines a very Happy Independence day!  We are proud to be able to offer our service of easily accessible, quality healthcare to the people of this beautiful country.

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May 28th, 2016 by LiveMD


On May 26th, 1966, Guyana won their independence from the United Kingdom after being under British rule since the late 18th Century. Guana is a small country of only 215,000 square kilometres, located in the northern part of South America. This year will mark the 50th Anniversary of Independence for this country and on this day, LiveMD would like to say Happy Independence Day Guyana!

Overview of Guyana’s Health Statistics

With a population of only 800,000, close to 43% of these people live below the poverty line. Guyana has an average life expectancy of 66 years of age and also has one of the highest emigration rates in the world of just over 55%. Guyana ranks very poorly in terms of healthcare, compared to other neighbouring countries in South America but has shown improvement over recent years. There is a high maternal and infant mortality rate in this country meaning that many pregnant women and infants are not getting the medical care that they need. There is currently a shortage of specialists in this country meaning that although there is usually sufficient medical care for minor injuries and medical concerns, serious illnesses and diseases often go untreated. Access to ambulances and emergency medical treatment is limited and hospitals often offer sub-standard levels of care.

Predominant Health Issues Affecting the Guyanese People

1. Suicide

Guyana has one of the highest suicide rates in all of the world with over 250 suicides each year. Consuming agricultural pesticides is one of the most common methods of suicide in this country but the reason for such a high number of self-inflicted deaths each year is unknown. Emergency measures have recently been put into effect by the Guyanese president to attempt to put an end to this terrible problem.

2. Murder Rate

Guyana has a very high murder rate. It is the fourth highest in South America and ranks among the top 20 in the world. Domestic violence and armed robberies are common occurrences in Guyana and there is very little police enforcement, especially in rural areas.

3. Sanitation Issues and Waterborne Diseases

Just under 15% of Guyana’s population has access to sewer connections in their homes. This lack of proper waste removal systems means that there is an issue with sanitation and an increase in waterborne diseases due to this poor sanitation. Diseases that are common in Guyana because of these to these conditions are Hepatitis A and E and Typhoid Fever.

4. Mosquito Illnesses

Guyana is a warm, tropical country, making it the perfect breeding ground for mosquitos. Mosquito borne illnesses are common in this country. Many people suffer from malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and Japanese encephalitis which are all contracted through the bites of infected mosquitos.

On May 26th, LiveMD would like to wish all of the people of Guyana a very happy Independence Day! Despite the health care struggles that many in this country are still facing, improvements over the past few years have been made and progress is being seen. In this transitional time, LiveMD would be pleased to offer their services to the Guyanese people. If you have health care questions or need medical assistance, access to our trained doctors and specialists is only a mouse click away. Visit to speak with one of our healthcare providers today.

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May 24th, 2016 by LiveMD


Happy Independence Day Eritrea, from all of of the staff at LiveMD

On May 24th each year, Eritrea celebrates their most important holiday, Independence Day. Eritrea is a small country, located in Eastern Africa that borders Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti and the Red Sea. After a 30 year battle with the Ethiopian regime, Eritrea was finally able to win their independence in 1991.

Today, LiveMD will take a look at the predominant healthcare issues that are currently affecting the people of Eritrea.

Overview of Eritrea’s Health Statistics

Eritrea has a population of close to 6 million people, with over two-thirds of these people living below the poverty line. More than half of the population must survive on less than $1 per day. Despite this however, Eritrea has shown a strong interest in bettering both their healthcare and education systems and has made progress in meeting international standard goals in both areas over the past few years. The life expectancy age has increased dramatically in recent years from 39 years to 59 years, vaccination rates have increased tremendously and the percentage of children who are underweight has decreased to 12%.

Factors Affecting the Health of Eritrea’s People

1. Health Care Worker Gap

Many countries around the world suffer from a severe lack of qualified health care workers. Currently in Eritrea it is estimated that there are only between 3 and 50 physicians for every 10,000 people. In order to attempt to close this gap and provide easier access to doctors, Eritrea opened their first Medical College in 2003.

2. Political Aggression

The government of Eritrea is considered, by some, to be quite aggressive and is the eighth most militarized country in the world. Aggressive acts to neighbouring countries, including a 2 year war with Ethiopia, have had a negative impact on the healthcare system and the overall health of the Eritrean people.

3. Increase in Immunization

Eritrea has made great advancements in the immunization process over the past few decades. The number of people who have been vaccinated against measles has nearly doubled and there has been a great improvement in the number of those living in rural areas or nomadic people who have received access to vaccinations as well. This push to vaccinate as many people as possible has led to an overall vaccination rate of 95% of the population, one of the highest rates in the area.

4. HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Eritrea has one of the best AIDS/HIV rates among all of its neighbouring countries at less than 0.6% of the population. This country has been battling this disease and is showing great improvements with decreasing infection rates of less than 500 new cases every year.

5. Waterborne Diseases

Waterborne diseases still affect a large majority of Eritrea’s population due to unsafe water and poor filtration systems, especially in rural areas. Diseases such as Typhoid fever, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Lassa Fever and Schistosomiasis are still very common.

6. Infections from Mosquitos

The National Malaria Protection Unit of the Ministry of Health has made great strides to educate the people of Eritrea about the prevention of malaria and other mosquito borne illnesses. Due to their efforts the number of deaths from Malaria has decreased by 85% and the number of reported cases has declined by 92%.

Congratulation Eritrea on 25 years of independence. You have made great strides to improve the quality and accessibility of health care for your people. LiveMD commends you on your very successful efforts.

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May 14th, 2016 by LiveMD

On May 14th, 1811, Paraguay won their independence from Spain. Every year on the 14th and 15th of this month, the entire country celebrates with parades, traditional dress and feasts.  LiveMD would like to extend a heartfelt “Happy Independence Day” to Paraguay and all of it’s people.

Today we will take a look at the predominate healthcare issues that are currently affecting this country.

Overview of Paraguay’s Health Statistics

Paraguay is located in South America and borders Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia. It has a population of 6.5 million people and an average life expectancy of 72 years of age. Paraguay has made some promising advancements in the quality and availability of healthcare over the past few decades however many of their health care workers are choosing to move to neighboring countries due to poor working conditions and unstable work contracts. The majority of doctors are located in large urban centers which means that a high percentage of the rural population does not have reliable access to health care.

Predominant Diseases Affecting Paraguay’s People

Chagas Disease
Throughout Latin America, it is estimated that close to 10 million people are affected by Chagas disease. This disease, also known as American Trypanosomiasis, is spread by insects known as kissing bugs. Early after infection, symptoms are usually mild and may include fever, swollen glands and headaches. Some people may never experience any further symptoms however 30%-40% of those infected may experience life threatening symptoms later on, such as enlargement of the ventricles of the heart, heart failure, enlarged colon or enlarged esophagus

Tuberculosis is unfortunately quite common in Paraguay. It is an infectious disease that affects the lungs. The symptoms of tuberculosis include difficulty breathing, coughing, fever, weight loss and coughing up blood and phlegm.

Often referred to as “eye worms”,  this parasite can infect the human eye and surrounding tissue and is a common problem in Paraguay. It can cause eye infections, ulcers or irritated watery eyes.  

This is an infection that occurs from ingestion of a specific worm or its larvae that is usually found in dogs and cats. Depending on where the parasite ends up people may experience symptoms in the eye such as vision loss,  damage to the retina or inflammation of the eye. If the parasite migrates to other body organs it may cause fever,  abdominal pain, coughing, wheezing or central nervous system issues.

Yellow Fever
Yellow Fever is a viral infection that is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. It can cause initial flu-like symptoms that can sometimes develop into a more serious infection that can cause damage to the liver and yellowing of the skin.

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April 18th, 2016 by LiveMD


LiveMD would like to wish Zimbabwe and it’s people a very happy 36th Independence Day on April 18th, 2016. On this Day in 1980 Zimbabwe was granted its freedom and named an independent country after years of British rule.

Today we will take a look at the current healthcare issues that are affecting this African nation.

Overview of Zimbabwe’s Health Statistics

There are over 13 million people currently living in Zimbabwe. It is a country that has a relatively low average life expectancy of only 55 years of age. Due to the fact that this nation is still a developing country and a large percentage of the population lives in rural areas, access to healthcare can be extremely difficult. Sanitation is a problem and ample, clean water is not always accessible to all of the country’s inhabitants. Much of the water supply is contaminated with life-threatening bacteria or residual chemicals from the country’s huge mining industry. This leaves much of the water undrinkable and unsafe. Again because of the mining industry and the large factories that it requires, Zimbabwe suffers from severe air pollution as well, especially in the larger cities.

Predominant Diseases Affecting Zimbabwe’s People


It is estimated that close to 2.2 million people in Zimbabwe do not have access to sufficient food supplies. Due to excessive droughts, poor soil quality, polluted water sources, poverty and the poor health of its people, Zimbabwe has one of the highest hunger rates in the world. This leads to a huge population of people, both adults and children, that are not getting the nutrients that they need to survive. This malnutrition leads to stunted development in children, weakened immune systems, starvation and eventually death.


There is a very large epidemic of cholera in Zimbabwe due to the country’s poor water quality and sanitation measures. This infection occurs in the small intestine from ingestion of the bacteria through contaminated food and water. Symptoms include stomach cramps, vomiting and watery diarrhea which can lead to severe, life threatening dehydration.


Zimbabwe has the 5th highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the world with just over 13% of the entire population being infected. There are over one million children in the country who have been left orphaned due to this disease and many of these children are infected themselves. AIDS is a sexually transmitted disease and has been spread so rapidly throughout this country due to the poor availability of prophylactics in the past. Recently however, measures have been taken to make condoms much more accessible to everyone.


Although the number of incidences of tuberculosis has been decreasing, it is still ranked as one of the countries most affected by this disease. Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that affects the lungs. The symptoms of tuberculosis include difficulty breathing, coughing, fever, weight loss and coughing up blood and phlegm.

LiveMD would once again like to offer their congratulations on 36 years of independence to the Zimbabwean people. At LiveMD we would like to offer an alternative to make it easier for people, especially those in locations where it is difficult to access healthcare. We have doctors, nurses and specialists available all day, every day to help meet all of your health care needs and answer all of your health related questions. Visit today and get the care that you deserve.

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April 9th, 2016 by LiveMD

senegal_independenceThis month, Senegal celebrated their 56th anniversary of their independence from France. After being controlled by numerous European forces, in April of 1960 the people of Senegal finally declared their freedom. This day is a national holiday across the country and is celebrated with many festivities.

After 56 years of being an independent country, LiveMD takes a look at the current, predominant health issues that are affecting the people of Senegal.

Overview of Senegal’s Health Statistics

The total population of this country is 14,133,000 people with close to 54% living below the poverty line. The average life expectancy in Senegal is 65 years of age however this country does experience a relatively high frequency of infant and child mortality. One of the greatest issues affecting the health of the Senegalese people is the lack of healthcare and proper medical facilities. Much of the country consists of rural areas and many of these are do not have any doctors or clinics available to service these people. The entire country has only 20 functioning hospitals and 7 of these are in the city of Dakar. With transportation being an issue for many, access to proper healthcare has become a serious issue as well.

Predominant Diseases Affecting the People of Senegal

There are a few main disease that are primary areas of concern for the Senegalese people.

  1. Cholera – Due to contaminated water and food sources and poor sanitation, cholera has become a common problem in Senegal. This infection occurs in the small intestine from ingestion of the bacteria. Symptoms include stomach cramps, vomiting and watery diarrhea which can lead to severe, life threatening dehydration.
  2. Tuberculosis – This infectious disease that affects the lungs is a relatively common problem in Senegal. Again, due to dense populations and poor sanitation, diseases that are easily spread, such as this one, can be transmitted quite easily from person to person. Symptoms of tuberculosis include difficulty breathing, coughing, fever, weight loss and coughing up blood and phlegm.
  3. Trypanosomiasis – Common in many African countries, this disease is spread from the bite of the tsetse fly. Also known as “the sleeping sickness”, this disease presents with symptoms of fever, swollen glands, aching joints, headaches, sleepiness and the inability to awake easily.
  4. Schistosomiasis – This parasitic disease, also known as “snail fever”, is caused from infection by flatworms. The intestines and urinary tract may become infected and symptoms of this disease include bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, blood in the urine and long term complications of the kidney, reproductive organs and liver can occur without treatment.
  5. Syphilis – Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that is common in Senegal due to poor sexual education and social barriers and stigmas that prevent proper protection. Symptoms include sores and ulcers on the genitals and rashes on the hands and feet. The use of condoms and safe sexual practices can prevent this disease and antibiotics can usually successfully treat it.


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