BY CARLIN SHERIDAN On April 16, 2016 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, killing 659 people and injuring over 16,600.1 As the nation begins its emergency response, the disaster sheds light on the weaknesses of its health infrastructure. Natural disasters can be characterized as a health issue because in addition to causing physical injuries, they also destroy urban, … Continue reading Ecuador’s Earthquake: The Mental Health Consequences of Natural Disasters
BY AKHIL UPNEJA At a time when oppressive regimes are committing particularly heinous human rights violations, governments across the world are refusing to welcome refugees and migrants. Even in those nations that do accept migrants, accessing affordable health care is becoming an increasingly important issue. Thailand stands out as a leader in these respects. With … Continue reading Thailand: A Model for Migrant Healthcare
BY SOFIA LAPIDES-WILSON Source: 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 … Continue reading Tanzania: The Girls’ Group
BY CAITLIN PURDOME In the United States, media coverage of the HIV/AIDS health crisis is no longer a priority due to an increasing perception that it is a manageable condition rather than a fatal diagnosis. Nevertheless, the virus remains a global health threat with millions of newly infected people and deaths each year.1 HIV infection … Continue reading Global HIV/AIDS Activism in the Digital World
BY JUAN DIAZ.Photography by Marcello Casil. Commonly associated with the debauchery and decadence of Mardi Gras, New Orleans is a city occupying a unique place in American history. Its racial and cultural makeup speaks to African, French, and Spanish influences during its colonization, and its socioeconomic disparities reflect a legacy of slavery and racism. Recovering … Continue reading New Orleans: Laissez le Bons Temps Rouler!
BY JULIET GLAZER.Photography by Ginny Schubert. The relationship between homelessness and health has been widely documented. One aspect of this relationship came to light in the late 1980s as the fight against the AIDS virus began. According to the Centers for Disease Control, people who are homeless are far more likely to be HIV positive. … Continue reading Beyond ARVs: Prescribing Housing to end AIDS in New York City