Morocco: Photo Feature

BY GRACE YI While Morocco boasts a rich culture and diverse landscape, significant health issues still plague a large proportion of their population. Illnesses resulting from poor sanitation are widespread, and tuberculosis is still an endemic health problem. Morocco is furthermore divided geographically; people living in rural areas experience greater poverty than those in urban … Continue reading Morocco: Photo Feature

Health, Homelessness, and Conditional Morality in the United States

BY ERIKA LYNN-GREEN   In 2005, LA Times columnist Steve Lopez met Nathaniel Ayers, a Julliard-educated musician whose diagnosed schizophrenia left him homeless on the streets of Los Angeles. The friendship between the two men grew into a book, as well as the high-profile movie The Soloist. In 2013, with the support of Lopez, a … Continue reading Health, Homelessness, and Conditional Morality in the United States

Job and Food Insecurity in Coastal Ecuador

BY EMMA RYAN Over the past decade, rates of diet-related illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension have risen noticeably in coastal Ecuador.1 In this region, essentially every meal consists of a plate that is half filled with rice and half filled with fried fish, with maybe a few slices of cucumber and tomato on the … Continue reading Job and Food Insecurity in Coastal Ecuador

Looking Past the Data

BY DIKSHA BRAHMBHATT     “So, where exactly is Swaziland?” is a question I became all too familiar with as I shared stories of my experiences during a Yale Summer Session class, “Visual Approaches to Global Health.” Honestly, I was poorly equipped to answer that question before I decided to fly to South Africa and … Continue reading Looking Past the Data

Integrating Modern and Ancient Healing Practices

BY DAN KLUGER   For millions of years, humans have healed themselves using the flora and fauna around them, guided by their own intuitive sense about health. In recent years, humans have vastly increased their survival rates, using Western medicine (also known as allopathic medicine) to treat and cure disease while sometimes dismissing the natural … Continue reading Integrating Modern and Ancient Healing Practices

Oportunidades: The Value of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs

BY CINDY ALVARREZ    Although classified as a middle income country, Mexico is characterized by vast inequality that divides the population into the frivolously wealthy and the extremely poor. In 2000, approximately a quarter of Mexico’s population was living in extreme poverty. In other words, a quarter of Mexico’s population did not have enough income … Continue reading Oportunidades: The Value of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs

United States: Food Advertising and the Rise of Childhood Obesity

BY CARLIN SHERIDAN      In 2013, the American Medical Association formally recognized obesity as a disease for the first time. This designation attempted to combat the widely held misconception that obesity results from simply eating too much or exercising too little.1 Over the past four decades, obesity rates among U.S. teenagers have quadrupled, and … Continue reading United States: Food Advertising and the Rise of Childhood Obesity

Listen to your Heart: Insights from a Chinese Cardiology Hospital

BY ANSON WANG Surgeons and nurses perform a heart transplant surgery on a 30 year-old woman. The team has just placed the new heart into the chest cavity. Surgeries can last anywhere between two to five hours, and surgeons often work late into the night. The team includes Dr. Huang and her colleagues.     … Continue reading Listen to your Heart: Insights from a Chinese Cardiology Hospital

Yale’s Initiatives in Early Childhood Development

BY AMANDA CORCORAN    As the correlation between a child’s first few years of life and future well being is becoming increasingly clear, Yale University and the field of global health broadly are responding to the importance of early childhood development. Research from myriad fields supports that a stable and healthy developmental experience has a … Continue reading Yale’s Initiatives in Early Childhood Development

Samoa: Photo Feature

BY AKIELLY HU These pictures attempt to capture the lush, tropical, and vibrant Samoan way of life, or fa'a Samoa. Many depict the family farm lifestyle, as well as traditional cooking in the umu, or cooking pit. Samoa's culture is rich with traditional foods, church-related activities, art, dancing, and so much more. Above all, the … Continue reading Samoa: Photo Feature