Angola: Health Care in a War-Torn Country

BY VINCENT TRAN Along the Atlantic coast of Sub-Saharan Africa lies Angola, a country attempting to recover from decades of war and turmoil. Widespread tropical diseases, poor health care, and inadequate education all contribute to a startling life expectancy of fifty-two years, one of the lowest in the world.1 Compared to the US life expectancy…

Vietnam: Height Initiative Faces Growing Criticism

BY HANH NGUYEN The Vietnamese government recently announced an ambitious USD 287 million plan aimed at increasing the average height of Vietnamese men and women. The plan seeks to raise height averages for 18-year-old men and women from current meager figures of 1.67 and 1.56 meters to 1.685 meters and 1.575 meters, respectively, by 2030.…

China: The Not-So-Sweet Rise of Type II Diabetes

BY MICHAEL MARCEL In 1987, KFC brought its signature fried chicken to Beijing, becoming the first Western fast food chain to open its doors in Mainland China. By 2011, the number of KFCs in China had grown to over 3,000 across 650 cities, with one new restaurant opened per day.1 McDonalds, Pizza Hut, and other…

Photo Feature – Community Development in Uganda

BY SOPHIA KECSKES In Uganda, community-based health promotion initiatives are vital. These pictures strive to provide a sense of life in Uganda, and depict the strong communal ties that unite individuals both in rural and urban areas. Literacy support, healthy food, and supportive communities where youth feel loved and empowered help much more to promote…

Mental Health of Syrian Refugees in Jordan

BY FARAH AL HADID When Syrian refugees cross the border to Jordan, their physical injuries are clearly evident. The mental injuries that they have incurred, on the other hand, are far less apparent.1 It is estimated that, on average, more than 50 percent of refugees worldwide manifest mental health problems ranging from chronic mental disorders…