#DisabledAndCute – the inspiring hashtag that’s winning hearts and changing minds

Keah Brown is disabled. And cute. She tells This Is Medtech how her social media campaign to improve the portrayal of people with disabilities went viral.  

It all started with a tweet. Keah, a journalist and writer with almost 50,000 Twitter followers, has cerebral palsy. She decided to post an empowering message for people with disability, creating the hashtag #DisabledAndCute. What happened next was mind-blowing!

Are you health literate?

Underestimating risks, misusing medicines and medical devices – and even struggling to find your way around a hospital – can be bad for your health

Healthy literacy is our ‘ability to engage with health information and services’. People with low levels of health literacy may struggle to understand what their doctor tells them or have difficulty reading information about their medication.

Mother and baby mortality: the silent pandemics

Dawlen Tirkey, a nurse who had just delivered a baby girl, was one of 45,000 Indian mothers to die after childbirth last year. In India, and elsewhere, the infant mortality numbers are even higher – but it doesn’t have to be like this. 

It was her second child. Dawlen had given birth to her son, Abhinaw at home almost 10 years previously in an uncomplicated home delivery. She and her husband, Manoj, decided to try for another child and were delighted to bring a new life into the world.

Tiny tech, big promise

The ‘miniaturisation’ revolution could make cancer tests faster, simpler and accessible to all.

Look around you. How many computers do you see? Are you reading this on a laptop or a tablet? Your kitchen may have a microwave and a programmable washing machine. Heating systems, security alarms, and even cars are equipped with computer chips.

Floating hospital saves lives on the seas

A former oil tanker with 700 doctors, 5,000 units of blood and 12 operating rooms, this ship is as well-equipped as a large hospital 

The sheer size of the USNS Comfort and its sister ship, the Mercy is impressive: they are as high as 10-storey office blocks and as long as three football pitches.

These repurposed oil tankers have been kitted out to the highest standards, allowing them to bring mobile medical services ranging from paediatrics to cardiology, general surgery or dentistry, together with specialists more commonly associated with major hospital campuses.

Brett’s diagnosis came in the nick of time

When a 16-year-old aid worker returned from Uganda feeling tired and ill, it took days to diagnose malaria and begin urgent treatment. The delay almost cost him his life. 

Feeling tired after a long-haul flight is what you can expect. But two days after his return, Brett Becker was feeling even worse than when he stepped off the plane and began to complain of fever.

Meet the Sri Lankan midwives bringing miracles to families

In the small island nation of Sri Lanka, a midwifery training program founded in the 1880s by a revered native entrepreneur has evolved into a community health program that has taken maternal and infant mortality rates close to rich-country levels, for a tiny fraction of the money.

Lying off the tip of India, Sri Lanka has a population of 20 million, 72 percent of whom live in rural areas where qualified medical workers are scarce. The country’s thousands of midwives fill the gap, providing services far beyond the original mission of delivering babies.