Midwifery as a Means to Bridge Global Health’s Gender Gap

By Alison Herman On June 17, midwives from 113 countries could be found parading through the streets of Toronto, marshalling in the annual International Confederation of Midwives congress. These essential practitioners do much to lead the march forward toward global development goals, providing life-saving care to mothers and infants. The investment and attention paid to…

The War on Disease: The Creation of a Global Vaccine-Development Fund

By Moses Im Just recently, the Ebola outbreak lead to over 11,000 deaths. Yet, the pandemic also exposed the constant looming threats that affect global health due to the lack of necessary medicines and vaccines. Thus, as the world shook in fear, WHO (World Health Organization) and other supporting countries rushed in to control and stop…

Is Surgery the Stepchild of Global Public Health?

By: Nina Rodriguez Surgery is a medical service typically not on the agenda for global healthcare advocates.  However, inadequate surgical care and scarce access to anesthesia is a serious issue in low-income and middle-income countries, such as Uganda.  It is a matter that is severely overshadowed by other more discussed crises.  In fact, Paul E. Farmer…

Exorbitant Drug Prices in the US: Why They Don’t Exist in Other Countries?

By Moses Im From the scandal filled US elections to Michael Phelps’ record breaking twenty-third Olympic gold medal, 2016 has been full of big and unexpected news. Unfortunately, included in all this is the steep price hike of the Epipen (auto-injecting medicine for allergy emergencies). A set which cost $103.50 in 2009 now cost $608.61…

Why Expectant Mothers Shouldn’t be the Only People Concerned About Zika

BY LILY REISINGER Recent news headlines regarding Zika parade photos of mothers with microcephalic babies, demonstrating the visible consequences of Zika infection during pregnancy. Because of these detrimental deficits, most Zika prevention campaigns have been aimed at preventing infection via sexual transmission as well as during pregnancy. With women in the spotlight, men generally feel…

Air Pollution: A Rising Danger to Global Health

BY AVA TORJANI On September 27, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) released data on air pollution levels across different countries and their impact on human health. Air pollution includes the presence of particulates in the air that can have detrimental effects on the environment and health. These particulates include black carbon and methane, which…

Zika Virus: From Past to Present

By Ava Torjani By now, you’ve probably heard of Zika—a virus that has gained substantial attention due to its recent rapid spread worldwide and the increasingly concerning findings regarding its method of transmission and fatal consequences. We have been warned about its symptoms, its pandemic potential, and its incurability at this point in time. But…

Mental health in prisons around the world: Europe and Africa

BY ANASTASIA REPOULIOU We previously examined the issue of mental health in prisons around the world, showing how big of an issue it is, what the main causes of the disproportionately high rate of mental health disorders in prisons are, evaluating the challenges faced by institutions trying to resolve such issues, and articulating the goals…

Mental Illness in Pakistan: The Impacts of Terrorism

BY MAHA CHAUDHRY In the last decade, the nation of Pakistan has struggled with poverty, faltering power supplies, education inequality, and inflation. However, one of the greatest factors contributing to the nation’s instability is terrorism. A study by the Institute for Economics and Peace ranked Pakistan as third on its Global Terrorism Index, a ranking…