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Changed contact details (Muhammad Umair Mushtaq, 17 October 2013)

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Comment on: Mushtaq et al. BMC International Health and Human Rights, 10:22

Corrections: (Jong In Kim, 05 April 2013)

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Comment on: Kim BMC International Health and Human Rights, 13:16

Discussion of estimation parameters (Abdesslam Boutayeb, 28 September 2012)

In this paper published by Kirigia et al.(1), the authors have interestingly estimated the economic burden of diabetes mellitus in the 46 countries of the WHO African region. The economic burden analysis was carried out for three groups of countries, namely a first group of six countries with gross national income (GNI) per capita greater than 8000 international dollars(Int$), a second group of six countries with GNI between 2000 Int$ and 7999 Int$, and finally a third group of 33 countries with GNI less than 2000 Int$. GNI for Zimbabwe was... read full comment

Comment on: Kirigia et al. BMC International Health and Human Rights, 9:6

Snowball is not the only method for sampling refugees and similar populations (Keith Sabin, 23 May 2011)

We commend Sulaiman-Hill and Thompson for their use of a mixed methods approach to research the resettlement experiences of Afghan and Kurdish refugees in New Zealand and Western Australia. However, we disagree with the authors’ presentation of snowball sampling as the “only feasible way of locating” hidden populations that do not have sampling frames. While we agree that “obtaining statistically representative samples of such socially invisible groups is known to be problematic,” we would like to point out that there are probability-based sampling methods that can be used to generate valid population-based estimates among hidden populations. Time-location sampling (TLS) and respondent driven sampling (RDS) have been used worldwide since 1994 for research... read full comment

Comment on: Sulaiman-Hill et al. BMC International Health and Human Rights, 11:2

Low mortality registration- client and system perspectives (Rajesh Sood, 07 May 2008)

Mortality registration should be viewed from the client perspectives. Adult deaths are notified and reported due to inheritance, and insurance benefits. In case of infant deaths, the matter often goes unreported as the family members perceive no direct benefit as outcome of death registration.From the system prespective there are a number of barriers. The local registrars do the registation only once a month, and ask the person to come in person to get "His Work done", which is another deterrent to access to registration. Expecting a person in grief to go through the trouble of waiting 30 minutes among a group of people who have come for their work to the village council and get a neonatal death registered is thus unreasonable and impractical from the client's perspective.In India, the... read full comment

Comment on: Målqvist et al. BMC International Health and Human Rights, 8:4

Misrepresentation in article data (Stuart Rennie, 03 October 2005)

A contribution I made to a leading bioethics blog ( cited in the article by Mills et. al. as an example of inaccurate media reporting. I disagree with this judgment, for the reasons stated below. The reasons are not merely personal; they also expose weaknesses in the study as a whole.First, there is a methodological problem with the study's inclusion criteria. The author's write "We included articles from any media source, but excluded non-media articles posted in non-governmental organization (NGO) activist websites as these contain mostly blogs or position papers and are not intended to be objective." If this criterion was applied consistently, it would also have excluded contributions (like my own) to the American Journal of Bioethics... read full comment

Comment on: Mills et al. BMC International Health and Human Rights, 5:6

Cautious or Unwarranted Optimism? (Luis Justo, 22 December 2002)

Like chinese shadows, discursive declarations about health and biotechnology are elusive. I would like very much to share Prof. Benatar's "cautious optimism", but I'm afraid that there's little reason to do so.Everyday we witness an agressive policy coming from US officers declaring holy war against terrorist foes. On that ground civil liberties are severely curtailed for US citizens, so any expectations about a universal freedom-promoting policy from US government doesn't seem to be well grounded. Within that scenery, the new worries about "social capital" and how bad health undermines it, seem to be no more than a new turn of the capitalist wheel to keep going on. To be aware of the real intentions of business-driven US government, I suggest to have a look at post-Doha attitudes in Latin... read full comment

Comment on: Benatar BMC International Health and Human Rights, 2:3