Botswana is a small, landlocked country in Southern Africa that is widely considered a development success story. Although the country is hailed for its impressive Read More
This week, as Rio wraps up and the world looks towards Tokyo, Ali Jones from The George Institute for Global Health, along with Dr Sandro Demaio and Dr Phillip Baker, explore the recent concerning realities of junk food in our Games. Mouths were agape this month as pictures emerged from Rio of snaking lines outside McDonald’s in the athletes’ village, and Instagram posts circulated of Olympians at tables strewn with familiar golden arched wrapping. Provided free as a marketing stunt – imposing a 20 item limit was not enough to alleviate the chaos. As one Samoan swimmer said “We’re so pathetic…It’s raining, and we’re waiting in line for McDonald’s.” Averaging 1,350 calories in a single McDonald’s meal, Olympic athletes are ironically among the few who do enough physical activity to expend the energy contained in such fast foods.
First generation migrants are reportedly at higher risk of mental ill-health compared to the settled population.
Nutritional disorders are now spreading worldwide both in developed and developing countries.
Diseases don’t respect borders, so efforts to control and eliminate diseases must also be flexible and adaptable enough to effectively reach the populations that live in the areas around national frontiers.
Short term medical missions (STMMs) are a form of unregulated and unsanctioned, grass roots, direct medical service aid from wealthier countries to low and middle income countries.
There is a wide range of intellectual work written about health research, which has been shaped by the evolution of diseases.
This post first appeared on Views from the Center. There is a lot of chatter about the reasons for Britain’s relative success in the Olympic games (at time of writing, Team GB is second in the medals table, ahead of China but behind the United States). This is an astonishing turnaround in just 20 years—in the Atlanta Games, Britain won only 1 gold medal, and came 36th overall on the medal table. As Emma Norris at the Institute for Government notes, this transformation in Britain’s sporting performance has generated a raft of tortured analogies with various non-sporting challenges, such as industrial and education policies (on which Britain’s performance is rather less stellar). So I’m leaping on the bandwagon with two lessons for international development
A few times each year I’ll get email from people or organizations who wants me to give a nod of endorsement for what they do. It’s usually some new start up organization or person with a new take on an old theme. We can argue and wordsmith things to death. In my opinion there are […]
Everyone in their first entry-level job is ready to dispense advice on how to get into the aid industry. But at some point the entry-level jobs no longer cut it. Then what? In response to specific requests, here are my five go-tos for those mid-level, blase, cynical-yet-still-kinda-idealist, over-educated, broke professionals, who maybe indulged in a […]