Issue 4.2 – Winter 2017

Colonialism, Civil War, and Ebola: Historical Perspectives On Contemporary Healthcare in Sierra Leone

BY ELIJAH RAMI 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 self-determination and independence from bureaucratic colonial administrations. Sierra Leone gained independence from the United … Continue reading Colonialism, Civil War, and Ebola: Historical Perspectives On Contemporary Healthcare in Sierra Leone

Strange Ways: What Virus Evolution Can Tell Us About the Next Epidemic

BY COLIN HEMEZ A New Virus Emerges In mid-November of 2002, a few farmers in the Guangdong province of China began falling ill with pneumonia-like symptoms. This was not necessarily out of the ordinary for the region, but the disease spread rapidly, infecting some 806 people and killing 34 by mid-February of 20031. A doctor … Continue reading Strange Ways: What Virus Evolution Can Tell Us About the Next Epidemic

Is Fracking Safe?

BY EMMA PHELPS 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 United States was producing 92 billion cubic feet of natural gas per … 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 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 most defenseless against its toxic effects. Recent studies have confirmed serious deterioration of air quality in … Continue reading Delhi’s Air Pollution and Its Effects on Children’s Health

Transforming the Narrative of Bangladesh’s ‘Mini-Deserts’

BY MINH VU 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 of new villages and livelihoods. … Continue reading Transforming the Narrative of Bangladesh’s ‘Mini-Deserts’

PTSD in Children and Adolescents: Equivalent Exposures, Distinct Diagnoses

BY HOLLY ROBINSON 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. Because they are still in their formative years, … 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

Gaining Ground: Implementation Research and Viral Load Monitoring in Kampala, Uganda

BY ISLA HUTCHINSON MADDOX HIV/AIDS and Viral Load Monitoring in Uganda At the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa in July 2016, a prevailing sense of optimism filled the room as thousands of the brightest minds in HIV/AIDS research and care flooded the Durban International Convention Centre. This annual conference provides a unique … Continue reading Gaining Ground: Implementation Research and Viral Load Monitoring in Kampala, Uganda