Author Archives: Global Health Corps Fellow

Chikungunya: An Emerging Disease in The Americas

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Given the major Ebola outbreak in West Africa, some governments throughout the world seem to be teetering on hysteria. In some cities of the United States, for example, schools have put teachers on leave and barred children from West Africa to enroll unless they show a health certificate, and parents have pulled their children from school. These decisions have been made based on unfounded information and deserve a second look to prevent measures that could be excessive and counterproductive. Without neglecting the attention that Ebola deserves, more pertinent consideration ought to be given to an infectious disease spreading throughout the Americas since it has been classified as an epidemic in some areas of the continent. This disease can cause significant complications and may even lead to death under certain circumstances.

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Technology and Health: Impact of phone network radioactivity on neighboring communities

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In the 1990s, cellular phones first became widely available in the United States. Over subsequent years, however, its roll out and usage has increased dramatically worldwide. To harness this increased demand, desire and roll out, telecommunications service providers worldwide had to, and are still, placing towers in several communities: mainly in areas they deem allows their system (base station) to radiate as much signal as possible. Against this backdrop, some of these points have turned out to be within homesteads. These towers, also called base stations, have electronic equipment and antennas that receive and transmit radio frequency (RF) signals

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Climate Change is a Huge Barrier to Health Equity

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As you read this, tens of thousands in the foothills of Mt. Rwenzori have lost their loved ones in the last two years, and their community hospital has been totally destroyed by devastating floods. Other millions are displaced from their homes in the Balkans and a quarter of Bosnia went without clean water all at once, according to BBC World News on May 19, 2014. The cause of all of this is the damaging weather changes.

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Promotion of health through cultural leaders

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For a long time there has been a war between culture and modern medicine. This has clocked way back especially in most African countries and led to misinformation and the loss of many lives. To date so many people have had a change in their beliefs. There are many cultural leaders who have come up with strategies to promote modern medicine and save the lives of their subjects. The example will come from Buganda kingdom where the King has come up with numerous plans to promote having healthier and happier subjects

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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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Getting to zero new HIV infections: Would mandatory testing get us there?

“A lion that kills, is one that does not roar”, goes a famous Savannah grassland African saying. “It is one that crouches and lays quietly in the calmly swaying savannah grasses, patiently crawling behind its unsuspecting victims”, goes the saying with further elucidation.

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The Nuts and Bolts of Better Health

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.

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Universal access to HIV treatment as a Global Public Good

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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.

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Does Aid Work? Is That the Right Question?

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A group of young professionals working in the international development industry sat down to discuss questions that have been debated for years by academics and practitioners such as Jeffrey Sachs, Dambisa Moyo, and Bill Easterly. Have international development organizations been successful? Does foreign aid work? The young professionals launched into a lively debate, with some defending aid as a worthwhile investment that has improved the lives of millions of people living in poor countries, and others condemning it for causing dependence and breeding corruption.

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Mental Health and Illness: At home and abroad

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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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.@ghcorps 2014-2015 Fellowship Applications are still open!

Global Health Corps pairs intelligent and passionate young professionals with organizations that require new thinking and innovative solutions. One-year paid fellowship positions are available with Read More

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Need for Research Capacity Building and the role of online courses

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.

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Celebrating the Girl Child

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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.

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Why We March: Reflections on World AIDS Day 2013

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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.

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