Archive for the ‘International Public Health’ Category

The Poor Give Most

Friday, March 11th, 2016 |

  "Sure, we Greeks have economic problems," my cousin's voice turns emphatic, "but these people, they have nothing at all." Visiting my family in Athens this week, I'm touched by the personal expressions of compassion. "Some of the refugees fleeing the ...

Zika vs Malaria – What’s All The Fuss?

Saturday, February 27th, 2016 |

  Did you ever hear of Zika prior to this year? Doubtful. Yet this virus has been tracked since the 1950s. It causes a mild acute illness, and when pregnant women become infected it may be connected with serious congenital disorders. ...

Global Health – The Formula Is Not This Complicated

Thursday, December 31st, 2015 |

  You and I and most of our international neighbors share a common passion: increase people's healthy years of life. But so very many factors are involved: cultural differences, low resources, economic interests, political disagreement, armed conflicts, profiteering... All this weighed ...

International Public Health – In Your Future?

Friday, October 23rd, 2015 |

  This week I am in Glendale CA, near Los Angeles, for the in-classroom section of the INMED International Public Health Hybrid Course. International public health is one of the most inspiring of fields, for its objective is prevention disease and ...

Nobel Prize For Combating Parasitic Diseases

Friday, October 9th, 2015 |

  In recent years the annual Nobel Prize in Medicine has focused on awards for high-tech applications; like development of CT imaging and mapping of the human genome. This year's Nobel Prize shines light in a distinctly different arena: advances against ...

Apartheid And Poverty

Friday, July 31st, 2015 |

  Apartheid is an Afrikaans word meaning "the state of being apart,", or rather "apart-hood." It was a system of racial segregation in South Africa enforced through legislation by the dominant governing party from 1948 to 1994. But apartheid in various ...

Turkey – Emerging Health, Prosperity, And Threats

Friday, July 24th, 2015 |

  Health status in Turkey today is similar to that of many emerging nations - ones like China, India and Argentina where recent economic gains are accompanied by increases in physical well being. Contrasted with the world's poorest nations, in Turkey ...

“Baby Gender Selection – Safe And Natural”

Friday, February 6th, 2015 |

  This promotional line from The Birth Planning Centre is representative of an entire industry built around the desire to birth children of a particular sex, usually male, and a particular genetic makeup, usually flawless. Gender biased sex selection is pursued ...

Publicity And Perspective

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 |

  Publicity is a powerful molder of perspectives. This compelling image by André Carrilho - intended to illustrate the racial nature of concern surrounding Ebola - communicates both negative and positive messages. From a negative perspective, some diseases causing profound suffering ...

Ebola For All Time

Saturday, November 8th, 2014 |

  Forecasts for potential deaths from Ebola are disturbing. But equally heartening are today's expanded interventions. Very likely in the coming months this present epidemic will subside. But what should we retain from this Ebola experience to endure for all ages?   • ...