McCay explains that the design of buildings and cities can support mental health by increasing people’s access to high quality, well-maintained green spaces with diverse plant and animal life. “Even views of natural settings from buildings may have some benefit.” In addition, designing to reduce loneliness and promote positive social interaction is key. “Many millions may live in cities, but despite this, people often feel a sense of social isolation that can be addressed by urban design. This includes designing homes and neighbourhoods with local amenities, including parks, within walking distance,” she says. She talks of integrating physical activity into people’s regular routines by investing in safe walkways, street connectivity, and good quality public transport. City designers or architects must consider mental health as an objective from the very start of any project, says McCay. … [Read more...] about How urban design impacts mental health
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By Divya Kottadiel The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has highlighted several existing systemic gaps in services, especially to the rural poor. Inadequate healthcare infrastructure is one of them. Reverse migration has also put additional stress on an already overburdened rural health system, impacting its capacity not only in caring for those who have contracted the virus, but also other health and wellness issues in these regions. Despite an increase in electrification under Saubhagya, many health facilities are forced to function without proper electricity supply. Hospitals use diesel generators as back-up sources of power. These solutions are expensive, maintenance is difficult, and they contribute to air pollution in the area. Regular, reliable supply of power is critical in order to store much-needed vaccines and medicines, and to run life-saving equipment.According to the 2018-2019 Rural Health Statistics report, around 39,000 rural health sub-centres in the country lack electricity. … [Read more...] about OPINION: Solar innovation gives health mission a shot in the arm
The Holy Mecca in Saudi Arabia is a site of monumental importance in Islam. The holy site, Kaaba, the cubic building which used to be surrounded by devotees offering prayers, now lies deserted.Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that mosques would no longer accept worshippers for the customary five daily prayers or the weekly Friday prayer, exceptional measures intended to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.The crowd, however, has reduced and only a small number of worshippers are performing the ritual called ‘Tawaf’ where they circumambulate the Kaaba. … [Read more...] about What is the right way to clean and store a face mask?
"Even if they are potentially able to create a bubble and manage it in that way, I think it will be impossible for everyone to do it with the kind of calendar that we have, with the travelling that you do on tours and the number of people involved," he added. … [Read more...] about Dravid lists challenges of resuming cricket in bio-secure space
Queensland’s chief medical officer Dr Jeannette Young said contact tracers were now trying to work out the exact movements of the nurse, who said she stopped in Blackwater but did not get out of her car. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus Australia: Rockhampton nurse with links to Blackwater under investigation