A Conversation on Global Health

Anyone who knows me even a little bit knows that health is a very big deal to me. Having lived for over a year now with an undiagnosed chronic illness has allowed me to gain a new perspective on health as well as health care. Good health and access to good health care is crucial. This is why I believe that Healthy Means, an online conversation led by Devex–and other partners–to further dialogues concerning future challenges and opportunities in global health, is such an important campaign....more

Why Do You Work For Free?

Drowning is not a little issue. It is a global public health epidemic and we need to treat it like one. I know of only 5 organizations in the field that have a decent balance sheet – and their primary purpose isn’t even drowning prevention. Where is our Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation? Our World Wildlife Fund?...more

What You Should Know about GMOs & Food

The Social Politics of Being Green

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about toxins.  Mostly, it seems that the topic finds its way to me rather than me seeking it out, and that could be a result of the heightened awareness in the US of just how many chemicals we come in contact with every day.  Whatever the reason, I'm doing my best to examine the issues as rationally as I can without freaking out....more

We Can Live Longer, Healthier Lives. So Why Don’t We?

“Let’s talk about non-communicable diseases,” I might say to you.“Omigod, I am sick to death of talking about NCDs,” you totally would not say. “If I hear one more world leader outlining a clear plan to address them, I’m simply going to scream,” you would never add....more

Abortion, Contraception: Women's Lives Are At Stake. Shouldn't We Rally Around Saving Them? (Yes, You Too, Church! YOU HEARD ME)

It might sound counter-intuitive to say that abortion rights are a maternal health issue - after all, abortion does, in a (contestable) manner of speaking, prevent motherhood....more

Give Up A Latte, Save A Life: Support The Mother And Child Clinic In Nepal

In just over a month, I will be delivering my baby in one of the best obstetric hospitals in my country. I will have the best doctors, a private room, and every comfort. If I wanted to, I could have a highly-trained midwife, and a doula, and have my home outfitted to accommodate a comfortable home birth. I have every reason to expect - even though I know that there are no guarantees - that I will have a safe and straightforward delivery. It is unlikely in the extreme that anything terrible will happen to either myself or my baby, assuming no complications with the pregnancy. ...more

On The BlogHers Act Tip - Duke Medicine In Uganda

I could not help but think of the BlogHers Act when I found the following blog this morning. Duke University currently has a 28-Member team in Uganda. They have brought surplus medical supplies and equipment to a new hospital in Kampala, Uganda. Their staff will be trained, and both groups of doctors will be trained on the new equipment, and both groups of doctors will be participating in spinal and brain surgeries. This is their blog. ...more