César Chelala

César Chelala

Dr. César Chelala is an international public health consultant and a
winner of several journalism awards.

Articles by this author

Views
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Mr. Netanyahu's Ultimate Sin
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has committed a politician’s worst sin: he has become tiresome. Just as the world was breathing in peace after the election of Mr. Hassan Rohani as the new Iranian president with moderate views on nuclear development Mr. Netanyahu –never to be outdone- declared that Iran was getting closer and closer to the bomb and added, “I won’t wait until it is too late.”
Read more
Views
Sunday, July 14, 2013
It is Criminal to Execute the Mentally Disabled
The planned execution on July 15 of Georgia prisoner Warren Hill—who has been diagnosed as ‘mentally disabled’—is a gross violation of U.S. federal laws and specifically of the 8th amendment that reads, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted.’ The U.S.
Read more
Views
Sunday, June 09, 2013
Mental Health: A Global Disability
On a global scale, the magnitude of undiagnosed and unaddressed mental health problems continues to be high. It is estimated that 120 million people globally suffer from depression, 50 million from epilepsy, 37 million from Alzheimer's disease and 24 million from schizophrenia.
Read more
Views
Sunday, May 12, 2013
How a Bad Environment Affects Children's Health
Millions of children die every year as a result of environment-related diseases. Their deaths could be prevented by using low-cost and sustainable tools and strategies for improving the environment. In some countries, more than one-third of the disease burden could be prevented by environmental changes. According to a WHO study carried out in 23 countries, more than 10 percent of deaths are due to unsafe water and indoor air pollution, particularly from solid fuel used for cooking.
Read more
Views
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Distorted Priorities: Military Spending vs. People's Health
The latest report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) shows that, considering some data uncertainties, the world military spending in 2012 dropped slightly (0.5 percent) when compared to 2011. It is the first decline in military spending since 1998.
Read more
Views
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Impact of Economic Crises on People’s Health
The deteriorating global economic outlook for some countries is increasing concern on the general population on the effects that the economic crises will have on people’s health. The crises now taking place in several European countries raise the possibility that a “cascade effect” of unpredictable but mostly negative consequences may affect people’s health and well being.
Read more
Views
Monday, April 15, 2013
Guantánamo Continues To Be a Stain in US’ Reputation
“We must be clear about this: the United States is in clear breach not just of its own commitments but also of international laws and standards that it is obliged to uphold,” declared recently Friday Navi Pillay, the U.N. Commissioner for Human Rights.
Read more
Views
Monday, April 08, 2013
How Much Longer Will the Iran "Game" Continue?
The last failure of talks between Iran and the six world powers represented by Catherine Ashton, who held negotiations on behalf of the P5+1 powers –the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany- indicate that unless a new approach is tried, further talks are futile and will only increase the animosity between both sides.
Read more
Views
Monday, March 25, 2013
Guatemalan Government's Road to Redemption
The current trial of Guatemala’s former de facto President Gen Efrain Ríos Montt is the most significant human rights event in the recent history of that nation. By many accounts, Ríos Montt is responsible for the worst human rights abuses committed by the military in Latin America. His trial and eventual punishment can change the political panorama in Guatemala, and be redemption for its military rulers’ cruel past.
Read more
Views
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Obama's Israel Trip and the "Middle East Peace Hindrance Process"
As he laid out his agenda for his new term, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that his government was ready to make a “historic compromise” with the Palestinians, if they were willing to return to the negotiating table in good faith.
Read more

Pages