It’s quite mind blowing how we take a lot of things for granted and think…or rather not think that it could be a big deal for someone somewhere. Come to think of it, if something has already been deemed worthy of being taken for granted then who would have a minute to think of the same and how it might affect someone somewhere. I think if our thoughts would only reach as far as…somewhere, somewhere being beyond the Rocky Mountains, across the bridgeless rivers, through the sticky mud that our cars are too ‘cool’ for, then maybe we would have our hearts to think with. I can admit that ‘somewhere’ has always been a place that the TV has exaggerated and overstressed for marketing purposes.
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This morning I sat down with the Maintenance Supervisor and Medical Engineer at Bwaila Hospital to go line-by-line through an exhaustive inventory of spare parts. Half inch galvanized sockets? Cut the quantity by half. Thousand-watt theatre halogen bulbs? Essential.
The concept of global public goods is a traditional way of classifying goods and services based on two factors: 1) rivalrous consumption and 2) excludability. Global public goods are non-rivalrous, meaning their use by one individual does not reduce their availability to others and they are non-excludable meaning people should not be prevented from accessing them. However, exactly which things can be considered global public goods often creates debate. For the purposes of this blog and in line with the mainstream discourse; I define global public goods as goods that benefit all countries, all socio economic groups and all generations. It is from this point, I strongly argue that the drugs required to end AIDS be considered global public goods.
Nick Kristof really hit the nail on the head in his Sunday column in the New York Times “First Up, Mental Illness. Next Topic Is Up to You,” where he called out mental illness as one of the major issues systematically neglected to be given the seriousness and attention it deserves.
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Need for Research Capacity Building and the role of online courses As a Global Health Corps fellow, so far I have been involved with research activities , and particularly capacity building. I stay in rural area, where little health information is available. People who live in my neighborhood may have little knowledge of diseases as well as corresponding risk factors. For instance, I doubt if they know that 70% of lung cancer is attributed to smoking, and though they may know that alcohol abuse is a threat to their well-being, the extent of this may not be clear.
In response to the call to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child, October 11th, 2013. Being a global citizen and a patriotic Malawian, celebrating the 11th of October meant a lot to me. I love the themes that cut across the celebration like that of UNICEF, the World Bank, Every Child, Plan International, The Girl Effect, UN Women, Camfed, the Global Fund for Women, and many more.
A great deal has changed since the World Health Organization first came up with the idea of World AIDS day in 1987. An HIV-diagnosis is no longer a death sentence, HIV-positive mothers can give birth to HIV-negative babies, and discordant couples can have fulfilling and healthy long-term relationships. However, despite these gains, there’s still a lot of work do. World AIDS Day is a powerful reminder of how far we’ve come, but also of the long and challenging road that remains before us.
As a current Global Health Corps (GHC) fellow, I was fortunate to attend the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) last week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, jointly organized by the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia and the Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health. With a theme of “Full Access, Full Choice,” I was consistently inspired and challenged in attending presentations by researchers, political figures, advocates, youth, donors, and implementing organizations all fighting together for the health and rights of women and girls. It is evident that continued commitment is needed to address the estimated quarter of all women globally desiring to control pregnancy but not using contraception. ICFP Venue – African Union Headquarters ICFP Theme – “Full Access, Full Choice” One method of ensuring sustained commitment for a healthier and more just future is building leaders of tomorrow. So, ICFP intentionally and heavily involved youth in the conference via several methods, including a two-day Youth Pre-Conference that focused on highlighting young voices, building skills, and empowering the next generation of leaders in family planning
When settling into a new country, one must go through a process, if you may, in order to adapt to his or her new surroundings. Moves aren’t easy, but as humans we’re wired to acclimate to our surroundings for survival. It’s been two months since I started my fellowship here in Uganda, and it’s been quite the journey. I’ve been faced with some difficulties and hard times, but having three other co-fellows by my side makes things much easier.
Before joining Global Health Corps, I worked for two years in Washington, D.C. as a strategy consultant. In my role, I evaluated market conditions for business and product development and supported the formation of M&A strategies. In doing so, I brainstormed ideas, constructed models, drafted documents, and delivered presentations to clients. After delivering the final presentation, our work was largely done; it was up to the client to evaluate and operationalize our recommendations
During the past couple of weeks my co-fellow Lindsey and I have been working on our organization’s M&E narrative and technical reports for 2013 quarter 2. Time and time again, we come across the word “cohort.” Cohort could be the most used word in Malawi’s HIV/AIDS program. The program has five different areas with tons of cohorts, which make it very difficult to make sense which cohort is which, or what the word really means. Over the weeks, I have referred back to my dictionary but the definition always remains the same – “A cohort is a group of people who are around the same age, like a cohort of college students who have similar experiences and concerns.” When I first entered this fellowship, a word was the least of my concerns considering our backgrounds; Lindsey, a biomedical engineer and me, a student of environmental health.