Issue 3.1 – Fall 2015

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 … Continue reading Photo Feature – Community Development in Uganda

Access and Implementation of Reproductive Rights in Urban Haiti

BY MARA BLUMENSTEIN “Reproductive rights … rest on the recognition of the basic right of all couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children and to have the information and means to do so, and the right to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health.”-International … Continue reading Access and Implementation of Reproductive Rights in Urban Haiti

Midwife Certification & The Key to Reduced Maternal Mortality in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

BY ANNA SOPHIA YOUNG Belvie is lying on a mat in a hut in a rural village in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). As her two children, Claude and Ruth, play outside, she is trying to give birth to her third child. Belvie has not had any antenatal care, and … Continue reading Midwife Certification & The Key to Reduced Maternal Mortality in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

New in Tech: Yale Undergraduates Develop Neonatal Sepsis Diagnostic Test

BY ALEXANDRU BUHIMSCHI More than a third of the four million neonatal deaths occurring annually are caused by severe infections.1 Nearly one million of these annual deaths can be traced to neonatal sepsis, a bacterial infection in newborn infants. Neonatal sepsis can arise early (≤3 days after birth) or late (4-90 days after birth). Three … Continue reading New in Tech: Yale Undergraduates Develop Neonatal Sepsis Diagnostic Test

United States: Hippocratic Loyalties and Unwilling Judges

BY MAX GOLDBERG While primary care physicians play a pivotal role in determining levels of disability benefits in the United States, their perspectives are largely ignored in both media accounts and scholarly examinations of national and state-level disability benefits. Drawing jointly from interviews I conducted with eleven physicians from March 27 through April 16 and … Continue reading United States: Hippocratic Loyalties and Unwilling Judges

Tanzania: The Girls’ Group

BY SOFIA LAPIDES-WILSON The alarm went off at 6, and I dragged myself out of bed, ate the three pieces of white bread that constituted breakfast, and headed out to school. The walk to get there took about twenty minutes. I treked over a brook, through corn, banana and coffee fields, past small shops and … Continue reading Tanzania: The Girls’ Group

The Anti-Vaccine Movement: A Lesson in Ignorance

BY CARLIN SHERIDAN Parents want what is best for their children. In the modern era where many first world families with the means to do so pursue healthy lifestyles centered on organic food, natural household care products, and homeopathic remedies, some have begun to question the safety and regulation of vaccines. Despite consistent and clear … Continue reading The Anti-Vaccine Movement: A Lesson in Ignorance

Human Health and Climate Change: The Co-benefits of Climate Change Mitigation

BY CLAIRE CHANG The International Panel on Climate Change predicts that the global mean surface air temperature in 2016 to 2035 will be between 1 and 1.5°C warmer than the global mean temperature in 1850 to 1900.1 As one of this century’s biggest environmental threats, climate change influences both social and environmental determinants of human … Continue reading Human Health and Climate Change: The Co-benefits of Climate Change Mitigation

India: Resilience-Based Responses to Sexual Violence

BY AARON BERMAN How do vulnerable communities come to reckon with the unthinkable? The question of how best to respond to communal atrocities in the wake of violence has occupied much scholarly discourse in response to recent outbreaks of violent conflict. In particular, a recent trend toward collective acknowledgement and verbal elaboration of trauma, an … Continue reading India: Resilience-Based Responses to Sexual Violence