Jamaica’s Nursing Problem

BY AKHIL UPNEJA On January 10th, 2017, NPR published a piece highlighting the dire shortage of specialized nurses in Jamaica. Jamaica’s nursing population numbers 4500, with 1000 of these nurses specialized to work in urgent-care facilities such as intensive care units (ICUs) and emergency rooms.1 However, over the past few years, there has been a…

Blood Transfusion Costs

BY COLIN HEMEZ In mid-November 2016, the United States Food and Drug Administration announced that it now requires all blood banks in the country to test for Zika virus in blood donations. Many banks have already begun complying, and results suggest that Zika prevalence remains extremely low in the United States — of the 800,000…

Sex Education in India: A Public Problem with a Private Solution?

BY AKILA SHANMUGHAM Housing over a quarter million of the world’s adolescents within its boundaries, India provides the counterpoint to Japan’s hyper-aging society.1 While a society of young people presents the potential for a revitalized workforce and a progressive societal spirit, it must have the resources necessary for the cultivation of its young populace—including sex…