Category Archives: Health

The Silent Rise of HIV in Chile

VICE News has partnered with the University of British Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and student journalists from the International Reporting Program for Hidden in Plain Sight: stories of HIV and migration in Chile.

Around the world the number of new HIV cases is steadily dropping.

But in Chile, one of South America’s most prosperous nations, the virus is on the rise. This spike in new cases is affecting some of the country’s most vulnerable populations, including young people, women and indigenous groups.

While authorities claim they are doing what they can to stop the spread of the disease, decisive action has been limited. An estimated 50 per cent of people living with the virus in Chile remain undiagnosed. In December last year, Planned Parenthood International ranked the country’s sex education policy the worst in Latin America.

VICE News correspondent Daniel Hernandez visited the towns in Chile with the highest HIV concentrations, and speaks to activists, medical professionals, and the community at large who have taken the fight against HIV/AIDS into their own hands.

Watch the documentary on VICE News

Read the corresponding print article “HIV is spreading in Chile — and lots of people don’t know they have it” written by my colleagues Peter Mothe, Natalie Walters, Codi Hauka and Konstantine Roccas


Psychiatrist shortage prompts online mental health services for Cranbrook youth

The province extends its Tele-mental Health program to bring online psychiatric care to youth in Cranbrook. Photo by

The province extends its Tele-mental Health program to bring online psychiatric care to youth in Cranbrook. Photo by

Children and teens in need of mental health services in Cranbrook will now get access to psychiatrists via the web. The Ministry of Children and Family Development has announced it will extend its Tele-mental Health program to the city.

The online videoconferencing service gives youth one-on-one bi-monthly consultations with psychiatrists in conjunction with B.C. Children’s Hospital. The psychiatrists will also visit their patients once every two months.

The program is currently offered in other more remote locations around B.C.

“The technology of telehealth has really expanded the opportunity to provide care to more rural and remote areas of BC,” said Dr. Susan Baer, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and director of outpatient mental health services at B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.

Baer is one of the psychiatrists who will be working with the Tele-mental Health program to offer treatment to children in Cranbrook.

Read the rest of the article on CBC News

B.C. restaurant helping give cancer the kiss-off with annual BACIO fundraiser


Since opening in 2007, Mangia E Bevi Ristorante has donated over $270,000 to oncology research at BC Children’s Hospital and Lions Gate Hospital. Photo by Rafal Gerszak/Globe and Mail.

When lifelong friends Doug Grisdale, Rob Parrott and Antonio Sauro decided to open a restaurant on the North Shore, they knew that fighting cancer would be on the menu.

Since opening in 2007, their fine-dining restaurant, Mangia E Bevi Ristorante, has donated more than $270,000 to oncology research and treatment at the BC Children’s Hospital and Lions Gate Hospital. The money is generated through their annual fundraiser, Because a Cure is Obtainable – or BACIO, the Italian word for kiss.

The team was inspired to give to the local hospitals after the disease took hold of their loved ones.

“In 2005, Rob’s daughter – she was 7 at the time –[contracted] a brain tumour,” Mr. Grisdale said. “She survived it through treatment at the BC’s Children’s Hospital.”

Read the rest of the article on the Globe and Mail