7 Global Health Breakthroughs: A Year in Review

BY MATTHEW PETTUS In light of several recent deaths and tragic setbacks, millennials have begun to blame these dark times on 2016, calling it “The Worst Year Ever”.1 However, as we are at the start of a new year, let us take a moment to create a resolution, and reflect on the great innovations and … Continue reading 7 Global Health Breakthroughs: A Year in Review

A Conversation with Kaveh Khoshnood: Paths Through a Career in Global Health

BY CASSIE LIGNELLI Kaveh Khoshnood knows global health. He has been at the Yale School of Public Health since completing his MPH, working almost exclusively on HIV/AIDS and health among the most vulnerable populations in the US and worldwide. Even more remarkably, he has devoted his career to training the next generation of public health … Continue reading A Conversation with Kaveh Khoshnood: Paths Through a Career in Global Health

Dengue Fever: Endemic to Epidemic

BY SARAH SPAULDING Aedes aegypti, the dengue vector, drawing blood from a human. Source: Wikipedia. Today, a bite from the wrong mosquito can cause severe fever, organ failure, and even death. No, this mosquito is not carrying malaria as you may have thought, it is carrying dengue. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), dengue … Continue reading Dengue Fever: Endemic to Epidemic

Low-Cost Diagnostics: Advancements in Global Health

BY WEN YI LOW Imagine you are in a rural clinic in a Zimbabwe village. A child walks in with a fever. Such a fever could be a symptom of any one of a number of life-threatening infectious diseases. There is limited health infrastructure available. There is a lack of storage equipment, access to sophisticated … Continue reading Low-Cost Diagnostics: Advancements in Global Health

The Plight of Syrian Refugees in Turkey: A Global Health Crisis

BY JUDE ALAWA Imagine your hometown in chaos. Airstrikes every day. The grocery store down the street is suddenly destroyed, your friends are fleeing, and you watch a family of seven be reduced to just two. Each day, a red truck arrives in the morning, just to drag away the piles of dead bodies. You … Continue reading The Plight of Syrian Refugees in Turkey: A Global Health Crisis

The Limits of Moral Ideology in Foreign HIV/AIDS Intervention

BY AKIELLY HU From the first cases reported in the early 1980s up until today, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has emerged as one of the world’s foremost public health crises. In 2014, there were 36.9 million people living with HIV – an increase of 6.9 million from 29.8 million in 2001.1 Such a drastic global issue … Continue reading The Limits of Moral Ideology in Foreign HIV/AIDS Intervention

An Evolutionary Perspective on Ebola and Marburg Viruses

BY RACHEL ARNESEN “Ebola in the air? A nightmare that could happen.” “Ebola: World Goes on Red Alert.” “Ebola: ‘The ISIS of Biological Agents.’” These headlines, taken from real CNN and BBC articles, capture all too well the fear mongering that occurred during the most recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. From 1996 to … Continue reading An Evolutionary Perspective on Ebola and Marburg Viruses

Innovation in Global Health: Bridging the Research to Practice Gap and Beyond

BY SANG WON (JOHN) LEE The gap between health research and practice in certain fields purportedly spans 17 years.1 While experts argue about the extent of this lag, they agree that it does exist and must be eliminated. Both the public and private sectors have increasingly pushed for research into the mechanisms that translate knowledge … Continue reading Innovation in Global Health: Bridging the Research to Practice Gap and Beyond

Brazil: The Challenge of Maternal Healthcare

BY REBECCA SLUTSKY Brazil has the largest economy of all Latin American nations. Despite its economic status and its efforts to improve the health of its citizens, morbidity and mortality statistics remain shockingly high. Nearly 50% of babies are delivered by caesarean section, leading to C-section related complications. Furthermore, over a million illegal abortions are performed each year, suggesting … Continue reading Brazil: The Challenge of Maternal Healthcare

An Aging Japan Births New Challenges

BY HOLLY ROBINSON The demography of the world is shifting. Many countries in the world are amidst the transition from a population characterized by a high birth and death rate to one characterized by a low birth and death rate. Japan’s low death rate and even lower birthrate make it the front-runner in this transition. However, it is … Continue reading An Aging Japan Births New Challenges