Heart diseases are reportedly one of the major causes of death among women of all colors and race. As women get older, they become more susceptible to heart diseases. The article on heart diseases states, “All women age 20 and older should have their blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels checked at least once every 5 years” (4). This means that the older one becomes the higher the chances to suffer from a heart related disease hence it is necessary to be checked on a regular basis.
Birth control methods also actively play a major role in increasing the risk of heart related diseases in women. For example, the birth control patch “can pose heart disease risks for women, especially women older than 35” (8). This disparity affects women across the globe and the earlier one starts eating healthily and regulating their Body Mass Index (BMI), sugar levels, cholesterol intake, the better. This will reduce chances of suffering one of the numerous heart diseases at a later stage in life even though some of them are genetically inherited.
The Nation of Haiti was not economically balanced even before the disastrous 2010 earthquake that (according to UN estimates), left “1.5 million children and young people under the age of 18 affected…nearly half-million whom were under the age of five” (para. 4). It becomes harder to make a living and bring these children up in a normal and healthy environment after this. Thus, the Peanut crop initiative, a partnership between Partners in Health (PIH) and Abbot Laboratories will cater for the millions of children who are suffering from malnutrition.
The cultivation of land in order to turnout food for the families and orphans in Haiti is a way of giving hope and providing food. It is a basic need and no questions can be asked when it comes to initiatives that aim at bringing food. If the initiative is followed well, lives will be improved for the children who have no one. The provision of food will reduce factors like child prostitution for food.
The article “Thousands of Feet Fitted with Shoes in Malawi” gives a new and much broader view of the world. The things that we take for granted on a daily basis - while one is panicking over which pair of shoes to match an outfit, the other has never owned any shoes in their life. The writer states, “children without shoes are at a greater risk of becoming infected with soil-transmitted parasites, such as hookworm” (para. 4). This can lead to death and most children in African and Asian countries die due to this parasitic disease that can be stopped by a pair of shoes.
PIH is sharing love by giving out shoes to the most vulnerable region in Malawi’s rural district - Neno. The author says that he “witnessed an overwhelming demand for a resource that I had taken for granted for much of my life” (para. 6). He learnt how to appreciate life. This disparity of the basic needs in life affects mostly women and children. Thus, this hoe distribution program not only provides footwear but hope and the knowledge that someone knows and cares for those children who are beneficiaries.
The articles combined are a revelation. In the calamity of diseases taking a new twist and medical conquests, the issue of heart diseases should be given more attention. I feel that an ‘education for all’ initiative has to be introduced to educate as many women as possible from every part of the world about this disparity. Feeding and clothing the children is a job that everyone who is able in society should feel compelled to do on his or her own accord.
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