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Jun 28, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
1/ The minority stress model developed by social psychologists and employed by public health officials explains how the extreme stress experienced by members of a stigmatized minority group can create adverse health outcomes even under normal circumstances. 2/ Not only does exterminal discrimination lead to members of minority groups internalizing the negative messages they hear, but also preconditions people to anticipate challenges to their identity in advance, placing pressure on otherwise routine social interactions.
Jun 28, 2021 9 tweets 4 min read
1/ Poor utilisation of government health services and lack of awareness of government health insurance impose a heavy economic burden on #LGBTIQ who are already vulnerable due to the stigma around their gender identity. 2/ Gender identity disorders in the WHO classification have been re-conceptualized as gender incongruence and distinguishes between conditions that are relevant to public health and clinical psychopathology and those that merely reflect private behaviour.
Jun 28, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
1/ Unlike sex which is biologically determined and in a way, immutable, gender is a social construct. There are components of masculinity and femininity that have “norms” in the society that we live in. 2/ This issue is further complicated by a lack of knowledge about gender health even among medical professionals, which may lead the provider to ask questions related to the transgender identity, which may be unrelated to their current care.
Apr 7, 2021 10 tweets 7 min read
1/ #WorldHealthDay is also a good day to reflect on the opportunities that many India's health challenges bring. In this thread, we summarise some.
First, investing more in health and recognizing disease prevention and health promotion should be the topmost priority. 2/ Currently, India has one of the lowest allocations to health among all countries of the world as percentage of GDP.
Apr 7, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
1/ This #WorldHealthDay in the quest to achieve equitable healthcare for all, it is worth looking at some of India's biggest health challenges. In the health sector, India has made enormous strides over the past decades. 2/ Life expectancy has crossed 67 years, infant and under-five mortality rates are declining as is the rate of disease incidence. Diseases, such as polio, guinea worm disease, yaws, and tetanus, have been eradicated.