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Healthy Lifestyle Healthy Lifestyle is a weekly show that features interviews with health and lifestyle experts, and discusses news and information on health matters to enable listeners to make informed changes to their lifestyle.

  • Schedule: Wednesdays
  • UTC Time: 0400
  • Duration: 20
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August 28, 2015

Bhutanese Living with HIV Fight Social Stigma Part 2

August 18, 2015

Bhutanese Living with HIV Fight Social Stigma

Pema Dorje was cussed out and disowned by his family upon his return to Bhutan from his monastery in Darjeeling, India, in 1998. It was not because he had disrobed himself, but because he was infected with HIV. “I was very disappointed,” 43-year Pema tells VOA Tibetan Service, speaking Tibetan. “Then I started drinking and taking drugs.” He even attempted to commit suicide by taking rat poisons. Pema was one of the earlier Bhutanese detected with HIV. In 2006 Wangda Dorje and his wife Tsering Choden were diagnosed HIV positive when Tsering was three months pregnant with their first child. Unlike Pema, who claims his doctors disclosed his confidential information, Wanda and Tsering managed to keep it a secret. They knew the social stigma would be far harsher to handle than HIV. “In my case, the HIV doesn’t create any pain,” says Wangda. “But stigmatization of others is really, unbearably painful.” “Whenever I am alone, at mid night or whenever I am in the jungle when no one can hear me, I just shout to myself.” Wangda says, speaking on the phone with VOA Tibetan Service. But eventually his shout woke up Bhutan. In 2011, Wangda and his wife announced on Bhutan national TV that they had been living with HIV. They knew the immediate consequences of coming out in the public, but Wangda says the nation needed a change. “When the HIV positive people are stigmatized and discriminated, HIV negative people don’t want to come forward to get tested, and because if they are HIV positive, they are going to be stigmatized and discriminated.” After coming out in the national television, the couple and their four children were kicked out of their apartment in Thimpu. Their landlord told them that other people were worried for getting infection by living in the same building with them. Wangda didn’t give up. Along with Pema and few other people living with HIV, they started an organization called Lhagsam. Through this organization they raised HIV awareness and encouraged HIV patients to fight their stigma. Today there are 430 Bhutanese living with HIV that have come out of their hide, they said. The new king gave audience to a group HIV patients and shook their hands so that the general public would understand that the virus doesn’t transfer simply through touch. Pema believes there are still many more living secretly with the virus. “I really believe that there are about one thousand HIV positives in Bhutan,” he says. Wangda has four children and Pema has three children, all of whom are free of the virus. Pema learned that the best way to fight the virus is by being physically active. In 2013, he cycled from Bumthang to Thimbu (268 kilometers) in 13 hours. In the same year, he gave up using drug and alcohol. 40-year old Wangda, who was infected with HIV and Hepatitis C through sharing needles during his “addiction time”, feels his HIV in under control. “To be honest, I am not afraid with HIV, but I am very afraid of dying from Hepatitis C.”

August 06, 2015

UN Urges Countries to Promote Breastfeeding

On Monday, the United Nations officials marked the annual World Breastfeeding Week and called countries to promote breastfeeding by making it a priority in developmental plans. In a joint statement, heads of the UN Children’s Fund, Anthony Lake, and the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan highlighted the benefits of breastfeeding. “We know that breastfeeding helps children to survive and thrive – enabling infants to withstand infections, providing critical nutrients for the early development of their brains and bodies, and strengthening the bond between mothers and their babies,” they said. “And the benefits of breastfeeding last a lifetime.” Pointing out to a recent study that was published in Lancet, the report said: “Infants who were breastfed for at least one year went on to stay in school longer, score higher on intelligence tests and earn more as adults than those who were breastfed for only a month.”

July 31, 2015

Hepatitis B Challenges Tibetans Communities Worldwide

Tibetan communities around the world, including those in the West, suffer from ahigher than average rate of Hepatitis B. The problem is most serious inside Tibet due to the lack of proper system for vaccinations and poor child delivery practices. A doctor in Tibet had discovered that certain vaccines often became ineffective by the time they reach remote rural areas in Tibet.

May 28, 2015

Heatwaves Coping Mechanism

Killing over a thousand people by heatwave in India since last week reminds us of how serious the summer hot weather can be. Healthy Lifestyle program introduces some tips given by on how to cope with heatwaves.

May 21, 2015

Saga Dawa

Saga Dawa is a month when many Tibetans choose vegetarian diets for religious purpose. But the practice could also improve their health, if consumed the right diets. Studies show that some of high protein sources, besides meat and eggs, are quinoa, buckwheat, hempseed, chia, and soy. Lentils are also regarded as a high source of protein. When combined with rice, it can specially be as protein rich as meat.

May 14, 2015

Molding Baby’s Head Prevent Many Postnatal Developments

The baby’s skull and brain layers are very soft and their shapes can easily be manipulated. Some cultures, including Tibetans in certain areas, take the advantage to make the back of their babies’ heads flat for cosmetic reasons. But a new research finds that there might be adverse consequences for both short and long time well-being of the child. Through her research and data collection, Helen Beaton of the University of Notre Dame, found that putting babies on their back, which is what the parents do to make the babies’ back of heads flat, limits the development. “For brain development and baby’s ability to learn to move, discover their world, babies need to learn to move,” said Ms. Beaton, talking to VOA Tibetan Service. She said by learning to move freely and getting help to experience different positions, babies develop their motor skills as well as psychological development, including the development of language.

Healthy Lifestyle Healthy Lifestyle is a weekly show that features interviews with health and lifestyle experts, and discusses news and information on health matters to enable listeners to make informed changes to their lifestyle.

  • Schedule: Wednesdays
  • UTC Time: 0400
  • Duration: 20
  • Listen: MP3

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