INDIA: Examining the Efficacy of the RSBY Program in Providing Healthcare for the Rural Poor

BY AKHIL UPNEJA 1.22 billion.  That is the number of people around the world living off less than two dollars a day (World Bank).  These people live in severe poverty and work simply to provide sustenance and shelter for their families.  In India, the harsh poverty conditions are particularly pronounced with 217.2 million people in … Continue reading INDIA: Examining the Efficacy of the RSBY Program in Providing Healthcare for the Rural Poor

OCD and Me

BY HANNAH SAMSON Until recently, scientists thought mental disorders were solely caused by environmental factors. However, modern neural-imaging technology suggests that mental illnesses are “disorders of brain circuits.” The advent of enhanced imaging techniques allows neurologists to specialize studies specifically on neural circuits and their connectivity, or the lack thereof, rather than more broadly on … Continue reading OCD and Me

Questioning Fundamental Assumptions

BY RICHARD SKOLNIK One of the most important lessons that I have learned professionally is the importance of questioning fundamental assumptions. This lesson arose on a number of occasions, both when I worked at the World Bank and afterwards. One of the most interesting examples of this was the work we did on HIV at … Continue reading Questioning Fundamental Assumptions

Burns in Peru: A Neglected Global Health Crisis

BY RACHEL PERLER This summer, I interned at ANIQUEM (Asociación de Ayuda al Niño Quemado), a Peruvian NGO that is working to change the national approach to burn injuries and their care. The organization was founded in 1999 by a pair of doctors from Lima with the mission to reduce the prevalence of burn accidents in … Continue reading Burns in Peru: A Neglected Global Health Crisis

Enduring Disorder: PTSD in Gazan Children

BY SOPHIA KECSKES "I miss the sea, I miss my friends, I miss ice cream, I miss happiness and joy. I MISS MY ORDINARY LIFE,” tweeted Farah Baker, a 16-year-old girl from Gaza who self-describes as a “modern Anne Frank.”1 With 199,000 followers, this young girl spreads awareness about the nature of her life in the … Continue reading Enduring Disorder: PTSD in Gazan Children

Switzerland: Regarding Health System Reform

BY EMILY THACHER Executive Summary Twenty years ago, the Swiss health sector faced two key problems: rising inequality and rising costs. In an effort to strengthen solidarity and contain costs, the Swiss passed a major healthcare reform bill called LAMal in 1994. Inspired by the French and German systems, it established meaningful universal coverage through … Continue reading Switzerland: Regarding Health System Reform

Diagnosing Lyme Disease

BY SREEJA KODALI Before 1977, Lyme, Connecticut was afflicted with an epidemic: children with skin lesions, headaches, stiff necks, myalgias, arthalgias, and fatigue. These symptoms later developed and months after the brain, heart, and muscular system were affected too. This unexplained phenomenon plagued patients until Dr. Allan Steere of Yale School of Medicine and his … Continue reading Diagnosing Lyme Disease

The Things Money Can’t Buy: The Distinction between Cost and Cost-Effectiveness

BY AMBER TANG Health care is now considered a “luxury” good, in part due to its high income elasticity. For every 10% increase in income there exists a 15% increase in demand for health care.1 However, despite increases in spending, policymakers have failed to improve the quality and accessibility of health care. The United States … Continue reading The Things Money Can’t Buy: The Distinction between Cost and Cost-Effectiveness