Author Archives: Peter_Rohloff

“Fetishism” and Humanitarian Aid – an Interview

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I recently ran across a fascinating article in the Third World Quarterly, The fetishism of humanitarian objects and the management of malnutrition in emergencies. The…

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Food affordability, Optifood, and the complexity of developing nutritional solutions for children

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A few weeks ago an interesting and important technical report from the FANTA project was released on dietary research conducted in Guatemala. The report has…

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So you wanna’ start a cancer program…

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Thoughtful approaches to the management of chronic illness are, increasingly, the new frontier in global health. As treatment approaches to acute and infectious illnesses continue…

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The limitations of “behavior change” – cases studies from child malnutrition

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What is “behavior change?” This popular technical term is used increasingly in the global health and development sectors to describe any sort of strategy or…

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A Role for NGOs in Cancer Care in Latin America: Patient Accompaniment

José translates instructions about how to take anti-nausea medications after chemotherapy into Dominga’s native language, Kaqchikel.

This is a guest post by Anita Chary. Anita is an MD/PhD student in anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. She is also the…

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The History and Future of Community Health Workers – An Interview

Jonathan Maupin is an associate professor of anthropology at Arizona State University. For the last decade, he has dedicated his research program to studying the…

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Language, Culture and Millennium Development Goals – An Interview

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Recently I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Dave Pearson, who is a long-time staff member at SIL International, a large nongovernmental…

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Designing low-cost prosthetics

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I’ve had the opportunity this month to participate in a really delightful inter-institutional collaboration in Guatemala between our primary care organization, Wuqu’ Kawoq | Maya…

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Primary Care – and Complex Illness

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As more and more lower and middle income countries move through the transition away from a higher burden of acute and infectious diseases towards a…

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Rural Health Care and the “Problem” of Language

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Global health is big business these days. Many of the readers and contributors to this site and others like it have at least partially staked…

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Diabetes – a Rural Snapshot

Last month I wrote a bit about the emerging global burden of diabetes and gave some specific reflections on the case of Guatemala, where we…

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Diabetes – The Cost of Care

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The developing world is experiencing a massive, growing epidemic of noncommunicable diseases, a fact which is still largely overshadowed in the popular media by conversations…

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Cancer Care and Health Care “Delivery” in Guatemala

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It has been a busy couple of months for us in Guatemala. For more than a year now, we’ve been working closely with INCAN to…

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Diet diversity, junk food, and child malnutrition

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Lately, I’ve been giving a lot of talks about child malnutrition. In large part, this is because we have been working on a project to…

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