Tag Archives: public health

Fight to the Finish: Polio Eradication Efforts in the 21st Century

By: Kate Moran   Polio eradication is considered one of the 21st Century’s greatest medical successes. In 2009 fewer than 2,000 cases were reported worldwide. In 2012 that number decreased to only 223.[1] Intensive national immunization programs in countries ranging from Peru to Japan are responsible for these figures, but organizations within the private sector, […]

Wellbeing in a Box: Health Advice from the Government of Finland

By: Maija Ehlinger ‘Health’ has a complicated definition today.  ‘Global health’ tends to be defined by buzz phrases like ‘AIDS in Africa’ or ‘famine in Nigeria.’ Such terms make it so that providing humanitarian care becomes more about Western intervention during times of tragedy and disaster, while largely ignoring basic ‘health’ promotion on a day-to-day […]

Precious Resources: The Water Crisis and Environmental Degradation in Gaza

By: Kate Moran Not quite Israel and not quite a sovereign entity, the Gaza Strip is the most densely populated area in the world.[1] Home to more than 1.7 million inhabitants and comprising a total area of only 360 square kilometers[2], the Gaza Strip is arguably the most volatile region on earth. In 2006, the […]

“Do no harm”: Corruption in the Indian Healthcare System

By: Lauren Webb In countries like the United States and the United Kingdom, a hysterectomy (the removal of a woman’s uterus) is an operation of last resort, conducted only after a biopsy or other tests confirm cancer and rarely necessary for women under age 40. In several states in India, however, a recent Oxfam report […]

Air Quality in Afghanistan: The Importance of Environmental Health and American Policy

By: Maija Ehlinger  Barack Obama’s second inaugural speech this January provided an unmistakable message to the American public and the world. With a renewed sense of hope and optimism, Obama reminded us that our generation inherited the revolutionary thoughts of 1776, the passion of the street marches in Selma, and the countless other moments that […]

Growing Old in the Third World: How population shifts will change humanitarian aid

By: Maija Ehlinger  The 67th Annual UN General Assembly wrapped up with the pomp and circumstances and all the debate that one can expect from such a meeting. Talks centered on the geopolitical strife that plagues many regions of the world, and of course focused efforts on promoting stability. And as the assembly dealt with […]

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The New Truth of AIDS

By: Kate Cyr HIV/AIDS is a disease that has always had a presence in my life. My mother has dedicated a substantial portion of her life to helping those afflicted with the disease. For most of my childhood, I just accepted HIV/AIDS as a part of dinner table conversation without actively engaging. While that changed […]

China, Cigarettes, and the Rise of the Smoking Industry

By: Lauren Webb Throughout much of the 20th century, smoking was part of the American culture. Beyond being socially acceptable, it was practically encouraged as part of adulthood—advertisements portrayed the “Marlboro Man” and smoking soldiers as both manly and uniquely American, cigarettes were an encouraged gift; and young women saw it as an assertion of […]

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