World Health Day: Lessons from Malaysia on universal health coverage — Jacqueline Lo and Pascale A. Allotey

Source: The Malay Mail Online

By Dr Jacqueline Lo Ying-Ru and Professor Pascale A. Allotey

APRIL 6 — The right to health is fundamental, universal and irrevocable. Individuals, their families and their communities should not have to die or face extreme poverty due to health care costs.

World Health Day is celebrated on April 7, and 2018 marks the 70th birthday of the World Health Organisation (WHO). This year’s theme is universal health coverage (UHC) — the belief that everyone, everywhere should have access to quality health services where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship.

It includes the full spectrum of services needed throughout life—from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care—and is best based on a strong primary health care system.

Universal health coverage

Malaysia has achieved universal health coverage. It has made remarkable progress in improving health outcomes over the past seven decades. Read more

Five ways to spot fake news

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Don’t be a victim of fake news. – Graphics from

PETALING JAYA, April 6 — The term fake news has become somewhat ubiquitous these days.

But in the age of information overload, news has never been so abundant, nor has it been easier to disseminate, thanks to social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

But how do you know if what you have clicked on is real or false?

A recent study conducted by MIT researchers which was published by the Washington Post revealed that false news travels quicker, farther and deeper than the truth.

Whether it is an out-of-this-world story that has gone viral or a serious news piece on the upcoming general election, here are five easy ways to help distinguish fake news from real news.

Knowledge is power

The more you know, that is by reading a wide range of articles from varied sources, the more you are able to make a distinction between writing that is credible and writing that goes out of its way to be sensationalist. Be sure it’s not a satirical site such as The Onion or Clickhole. Read more

Domestic workers will continue to be abused until there are tougher laws to protect them

Source: The Star Online

A display used in “Domestic Workers, Not Slaves”public awareness campaign, organised by advertising agency McCann Kuala Lumpur in collaboration with Tenaganita, held in 2012 at a mall in Kuala Lumpur. Photos: The Star filepics

They are the first ones to wake up in the household and often, the last to go to bed. In between, they slave it out – cooking, cleaning, taking care of children and the elderly, grooming and walking pets, washing cars, gardening and attending to all other needs of the household.

These are the daily tasks of most domestic workers. They work hard and they work long, yet are disqualified from basic protections that workers enjoy: fixed working hours, leave days, medical coverage or even fair wages.

This lack of legal protection leaves domestic workers with virtually no rights; vulnerable to exploitation and abuse which human rights activists want the government to address immediately.

Failure to do this is likely to result in more fatalities. In January, Indonesian domestic worker Adelina Lisao died in Bukit Mertajam, Penang. Lisao is just one in a long list of domestic workers who have suffered at the hands of abusive employers. Read more

Parliament dissolves: What does that mean and what’s next?

Source: The Malay Mail Online

GE14 – Bernama infographics

KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has officially announced the dissolution of the 13th Parliament, effective tomorrow.

That means the dispersal of the elected members of the legislature, and the start of another election season for the next members of the Dewan Rakyat as well as other state legislatures that would have automatically disbanded by June 24 if dissolution was not called earlier.

Who’s in charge now?

For now, until polling is held and wrapped up and a clear victor emerges, Najib and the members of his Cabinet will act as the caretaker government of Malaysia.

So, how long will that be?

The 14th general election will have to be held within 60 days. Will it take two months then? Not nearly. Read more