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A lecture on Global Indian medical diaspora by University of York on March 3

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Dr. Munish Kumar Raizada

Indian medical doctors have now become an international species, so to say. Even though, there is a shortage of doctors in India, yet the Indian doctor has ventured out (like Gandhi) and has touched the shores of literally all continents. USA, England are obviously the hot destinations for doctors, Canada, Australia not falling behind. In USA, 20 % of all international medical graduates consist of (East) Indian doctors. Indian doctors literally constitute a ‘model minority’ in USA!- characterized by advanced education and high earning.

Middle East’s health industry is literally shouldered by doctors, nurses and paramedics of Indian origin. However, Africa is another continent where you will come across Indian doctors and medical teachers. In last 2 decades, several medical schools have come up in Caribbean islands.

Medical teachers from India make up a chunk of the workforce there too. I have come across Indian doctors in as unlikely places as Seychelles! This brain drain of Indian doctors is obviously a boon for the countries which welcome them with open arms.

Thus, I was not surprised when I came across this upcoming lecture.

The University of York, situated about 3 hours drive from London will host a lecture on the topic of the spread of doctors of Indian descent venturing out to various parts  of world in last half a century. The speaker will be  Professor David Wright, McGill University, Canada. Professor Wright will speak on the topic:

“Not everyone can be a Gandhi”: The global Indian medical diaspora in the post-world war II era.

The university’s notification says: “From Manchester to Melbourne, from Auckland to Aberystwyth, from Detroit to Dartmouth,  doctors from the Indian Subcontinent dispersed throughout the Western World in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

To date, the demographic phenomenon of Indian- and other foreign-trained doctors has largely resided on the fringes of ‘national’ histories of twentieth-century health services.  Adopting a global health history perspective, this lecture examines the post-war Indian medical diaspora, exploring the contemporary impact and historical legacy of this remarkable circulation of health care practitioners.”

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The report says most of the world’s cocaine comes from Colombia and is sold in North America

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A U.N. report warns the global production of cocaine and opium has reached record-breaking levels as the markets for those and other illicit drugs expand.

In its World Drug Report 2018, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime finds global opium production jumped by 65 percent to 10,500 tons from 2016 to 2017, and in 2016 more than 1,400 tons of cocaine were manufactured globally, the highest level ever recorded.

The report says most of the world’s cocaine comes from Colombia and is sold in North America. It says Africa and Asia are emerging as trafficking and consumption hubs. It says opium is mainly produced in Afghanistan and shipped through the so-called Balkan route into Turkey and West Europe.

Director of Division for Operations of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime Miwa Kato tells VOA the growing opioid crisis, that is the non-medical use of prescription drugs, is becoming a major threat to public health and law enforcement worldwide.

“It is now accounting for three-quarters of addiction-related deaths around the world. So, it is a growing concern both in contexts like the North America context where the media attention very much is, but also in large parts of Africa and parts of Asia, where we do see similar problems,” Miwa Kato said.

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The report finds 275 million people between the ages of 15 and 64 used illicit drugs at least once last year and nearly one-half-million drug abusers have died. Kato says the data is always very conservative and the true number of users and deaths is likely to be much higher.

The report says cannabis was the most widely consumed drug in 2016. It says it is too early to know the impact of the legalization of the recreational use of cannabis.

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But the report says data from Colorado, one of the first states in the U.S. to legalize marijuana, show a rise in emergency hospital admissions from marijuana intoxication and an increase in traffic accidents and deaths. (VOA)