BY ELIJAH RAMI British Army Sergeant Sulaiman Kamara meets Ebola survivors in Magazine Wharf, Freetown. Source: DFID. During the mid-twentieth century, the British Empire rapidly succumbed to a striking decline. After the Second World War, its colonies in Africa and the Caribbean in particular witnessed a wave of nationalist movements that began to call for … Continue reading Colonialism, Civil War, and Ebola: Historical Perspectives On Contemporary Healthcare in Sierra Leone
Category: Issue 8 (Winter 2016)
Strange Ways: What Virus Evolution Can Tell Us About the Next Epidemic
BY COLIN HEMEZ False-color micrographs of various coronaviruses, including the viruses for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV) and middle east respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV). These viruses are roughly spherical, and display a characteristic “crown” of proteins that decorate the surfaces of the virus particles. Source: NIAID. A New Virus Emerges In mid-November of 2002, a few … Continue reading Strange Ways: What Virus Evolution Can Tell Us About the Next Epidemic
Inside the Doctor-Patient Relationship of China
BY SOPHIA YIN En route to Changsha, China with a group of Yale undergraduates as a part of the MedX Spring Break trip in March of 2015 Source: Jessica Tantivit, Yale University, TD, 2018. For Chinese doctors, patient satisfaction can be—quite literally—a matter of life or death. Official data from China’s Ministry of Health reported … Continue reading Inside the Doctor-Patient Relationship of China
Is Fracking Safe?
BY EMMA PHELPS Arial view of a fracked landscape in Wyoming. Source: Simon Fraser University. Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking, is a drilling technique that allows the extraction of previously inaccessible natural gas from shale formations. The United States has experienced a fracking boom in the last decade. In February of 2016, the … Continue reading Is Fracking Safe?
Healthcare: Is there only one correct answer?
BY ELIZABETH LI The United States (US) healthcare system and the European healthcare system are ideologically and functionally different. When it comes to rankings, the US consistently ranks below other countries, such as France, Germany, and the United Kingdom in terms of life expectancy and health-care spending per capita. This disparity in the rankings begs … Continue reading Healthcare: Is there only one correct answer?
Delhi’s Air Pollution and Its Effects on Children’s Health
BY REBECCA SLUTSKY Children stand by the side of the street on their way to school. Source: Thomas Schoch. Which of our world’s cities has the worst air pollution? According to the World Health Organization, it’s Delhi, the capital of India.1 Although air pollution affects the entire population of this metropolis, Delhi’s children are the … Continue reading Delhi’s Air Pollution and Its Effects on Children’s Health
Transforming the Narrative of Bangladesh’s ‘Mini-Deserts’
BY MINH VU Source: Securing Water for Food. Situated on the Ganges Delta and the Bay of Bengal, the nation of Bangladesh is constantly devastated by flooding from the 230 rivers surrounding it. Pockets of farming villages often have their growing crops and farmland destroyed by the torrential water, forcing families to leave in search … Continue reading Transforming the Narrative of Bangladesh’s ‘Mini-Deserts’
Q&A: Dr. Seth Wanye on Eye Care in Developing Countries
BY KAI DEBUS Dr. Wanye's clinic in Ghana. Source: Kai DeBus. Seth Wanye (MD, PhD) is an ophthalmologist in Ghana, a lower-middle income country in West Africa. His focus is to make healthcare, specifically ophthalmic care, more accessible to people in remote areas. In 2005, he partnered with Unite for Sight, a non-profit based in … Continue reading Q&A: Dr. Seth Wanye on Eye Care in Developing Countries
PTSD in Children and Adolescents: Equivalent Exposures, Distinct Diagnoses
BY HOLLY ROBINSON A home destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. Source: Infrogmation. One in four children living in the United States experiences a traumatic event before reaching adulthood.1 These distressing encounters, which include experiences from sexual abuse to natural disasters, affect the mental health of the individual as well as the overall wellbeing of the population. … Continue reading PTSD in Children and Adolescents: Equivalent Exposures, Distinct Diagnoses
Bringing Sustainable Healthcare to Under-Resourced Populations: Field Experiences from OneWorld Health
BY ONEWORLD HEALTH Global health is a rapidly growing field, and the need to improve access to high-quality care in developing countries has become increasingly apparent. Various charitable organizations, missionaries, and NGOs have attempted to supplement the health care provided by the government with short-term relief efforts. However, there is still a desperate need for … Continue reading Bringing Sustainable Healthcare to Under-Resourced Populations: Field Experiences from OneWorld Health