Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Muslim health care is 'insensitive'
Doctors group says medicine should give 'premium to equity, not just equality in caring'A nurse of Medecins sans Frontieres records patient information at an evacuation center in Mindanao (photo by Helmi Mekaoui/Medecins sans Frontieres)
- Lyn V. Ramo, Baguio City
- June 6, 2011
The group Doctors for Indigenous Health and Culturally Competent Education, Networking and Governance said health delivery for Muslims should give "premium to equity, not just equality in caring for diverse groups."
The study, "Minority in a Minority: The Muslim Patient in the Cordillera," released last week, revealed that among the issues of concern are the serving of non-halal food to Muslim patients by health personnel.
One respondent of the study even revealed that she was offered tubal ligation because doctors did not know this procedure is not allowed under Islam.
Dr. Ryan C. Guinaran, who conducted the study, said there is a need for health authorities to translate materials into a language common to health workers in indigenous areas and their patients.
He also recommended the hiring of Muslim village health workers by local government units.
The study also discovered that health facilities, including hospitals and health centers, are not sensitive to the religion of patients. Religious symbols in hospital rooms, for instance, cater to Christian patients.