According to recent survey, nearly twenty percent of middle and high school students in East Asia have contemplated suicide. There is a good news segment by Al Jazeera titled “Though Love: An Education” which addresses the increasingly stressful demands young individuals are facing in terms of education and perceived expectations from family members, teachers, peers, and society. The link is below.
According to the data from the National Statistical Coordination Board, 26.5 percent of the population in the Philippines is below the poverty line. While significant progress has been made in the last decade, rural poverty remains one of the country’s largest challenges, while diseases such malaria and tuberculosis have presented numerous public health concerns. According to the Rural Poverty Portal, “Agriculture is the primary and often only source of income for poor rural people, most of whom depend on subsistence farming and fishing for their livelihoods. The poorest of the poor are the indigenous peoples, small-scale farmers who cultivate land received through agrarian reform, landless workers, fishers, people in upland areas and women.” Subsistence farmers, with little available income or means to take proper sanitation measure or receive vaccines, are among the susceptible to infectious disease in the country.
Poverty has also led to development of a large child sexual slavery market. According to UNICEF, an estimated 60,000 to 100,000 children in the Philippines are involved in prostitution rings.
One of my goals in the next few years is to spend my summers in the Philippines doing medical work with underserved populations. These are pictures from my favorite blog on WordPress by Tayme Canencia. Check out her “Community Outreach” page in the link below.