Newsline Health (March 4)

This week we begin with a look at a condition that affects the reproductive health of millions of women worldwide.

Endometriosis is said to affect one in ten women globally.

It is a condition where the lining of the uterus, or the endometrium, is found in other parts of the body such as the large intestines, the pelvis and the ovaries.

Symptoms include: long, painful or irregular periods; pain during or after sex; depression and anxiety, and infertility.

It is usually diagnosed through a surgical procedure called a laparoscopy.

Doctors say the condition can be treated with pain killers, contraceptive pills, or surgery.

March is being observed as Endometriosis Awareness Month. And health advocates hope that more attention will be paid to this illness.


A top health official in Belize wants more funding to contain increasing cases of non-communicable diseases.

Deputy Director of Health Services, Dr Francis Morey says this was one of the areas raised at a recent meeting in Belize City, hosted by the Pan American Health Organisation.

He says while individuals need to take responsibility for their overall health, there is still need for assistance to curb the increasing numbers of NCDs.