Diabetes affects foreigners in Spain

The numbers of immigrants living with diabetes in Spain is estimated between 15-25 percent of immigrants, compared to just 12 percent among native Spaniards. “We think there are around 500,000 diabetic immigrants, diagnosed and not, most of whom are Latin American, Moroccan and Pakistani”, explains Josep Franch at the Raval Sud Drassanes medical clinic in Barcelona. Doctors believe the rates are connected to cultural food choices, and are making suggestions to patients; Indians and Pakistanis are being urged to lessen carbohydrate-rich breads, and patients of Moroccan backgrounds are encouraged to eat fewer honey-covered sweets. Besides changes in diet, Franch also notes that the concept of disease varies among cultures. If they aren’t in pain they don’t think they are unwell, but the consequences of diabetes on health occur in the mid- to long-term”, Franch notes.

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Norway: Attitudes concerning female circumcision are changing

According to a new report prepared for the Ministry of Children and Equality and Ministry of Health in Norway, female circumcision is much less widespread than originally thought. Between 2006 and 2007, there were 15 known cases of female circumcision. Six of the fifteen cases had been reported to the police. Researches think that the change in attitude concerning the practice will contribute to reducing the extent of female circumcision; the practice had been thought to make marriage easier for girls to be married, but attributed among males suggest that they prefer marrying a girl who is not circumcised. The change in stigmatization is believed to be contributing to the decline in the practice in the country – or at least those which are known. In addition, the Norwegian law banning the practice is becoming more known, which is also believed to be contributing to the decline.

Less immigrants re-migrating

According to the Netherlands Immigration Institute (NMI), guest workers and refugees are staying in the Netherlands rather than going back to their land of origin. Health-care, welfare, and family connection in the Netherlands are citied as reasons preventing them from moving back. In 2007, 1725 immigrants in Netherlands went back to their land of origin – down from 1840 in 2006, and 2139 in 2004. However, the NMI also reported rising feelings of wanting to return back to their home country. According to an NMI manager, the increase comes from the prevailing social climate – people having the feeling that they are not welcome anymore in the Netherlands.

Health agency encourages immigrants to become organ donors

The National Transplant Organization (NTO) is reminding Muslims that Islam allows for adherents to engage in organ donation. The ministry put into motion a campaign to promote a culture of donation and transplant among immigrant communities in Spain. The slogan of the campaign – your heart knows no color or culture along with information published in Spanish, French, English, Romanian, Chinese, and Arabic, are meant to reach members of Spanish population and make them feel more comfortable about donating organs of loves ones. The NTO also cites a verse in the Quran to reach out to Spanish Muslims… And that whoever saved a life, would be as if he saved the lives of all mankind.

Norway: Muslim youth in Norway are mentally healthier than other immigrants

According to a study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, mental health discrepancies can be seen along national, sex, and other lines of difference. The report clashes with the assumption that immigrant youth have a higher risk of developing mental health illnesses in comparison to other youth in the country. However, according to the study, Norwegian youth who have parents who come from countries where Islam is the majority religion aren’t very different when it comes to issues of anxiety, depression, and day-to-day emotional functions. Youth with parents from Muslim countries, as a group, suffer from fewer mental illnesses compared to other immigrant youth from other non-Western countries. Speculated reasoning include emphasis placed on the importance of family structure and cohesiveness, teamwork, and more collectivist ideologies.

Health trumps faith differences at Muslim clinic ; The UMMA facility promotes interreligious cooperation to provide medical and other services to low-income residents in South L.A.

It grew out of the 1992 riots, a vision by a small group of Muslim medical students to bring charitable, high-quality healthcare to the needy residents of South Los Angeles. Eleven years later, the UMMA clinic on Florence Avenue has served nearly 20,000 patients, the great majority of them non-Muslim. It has become a mainstay of its largely low-income neighborhood, sponsoring blood drives, literacy promotions and even tax return workshops, along with its medical services. And in an era when Middle Eastern conflicts and terrorist attacks have often brought uncomfortable attention to America’s Muslim communities, the clinic has become a source of considerable pride for Muslims in Southern California and nationwide…