Reflections from Paul Rusesabagina 20 Years After the Rwandan Genocide

April 7, 1994 is the date recognized by the international community as the beginning of the Rwandan Genocide. During his lecture on March 27th at the Rackham Auditorium, Paul Rusesabagina shared why the anniversary of the atrocities is for him, and many other Rwandans and Ugandans, October 1, 1990.  This is the date that exiled Tutsis … Continue reading Reflections from Paul Rusesabagina 20 Years After the Rwandan Genocide

Reverse Innovation — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of March 31, 2014)

Reverse innovation is a concept I've been tracking closely recently, and which is critical in global health. The idea, in health anyway, is that we have as much to learn from developing nations as they have to learn from us. I heard a story of a visiting faculty member here from Ghana who saved a … Continue reading Reverse Innovation — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of March 31, 2014)

World Water Day 2014: U.N. Focuses Energy on Energy

Today is World Water Day 2014, and the United Nations has chosen to emphasize the link between water and energy. This was surprising to me, because looking at the Millennium Development Goals (developed in 2000), there were no goals specifically related to energy usage or even the mention of global warming. When I think about international development/global health … Continue reading World Water Day 2014: U.N. Focuses Energy on Energy

ASB @NLM Part 2: Health Without Boundaries-Rethinking Global and Domestic Health Lecture

Being on the NIH campus afforded me some very unique opportunities with regard to access to the NIH Video Cast Archives.  Many of the video casts on the site are available to any interested party but some have location and IP address restrictions.  While on the NIH campus, I was able to view a lecture … Continue reading ASB @NLM Part 2: Health Without Boundaries-Rethinking Global and Domestic Health Lecture

Global Health and International Day of Happiness: 3/20 2014

      From my perspective, happiness is undeniably a  global health issue, because of the strong evidence for the connection between mental health and well-being and physical health. As many people know, the effect runs both directions; physical health challenges can be taxing emotionally, and mental health stresses can take a toll on your … Continue reading Global Health and International Day of Happiness: 3/20 2014

A Global Policy Perspectives Talk by Paul Rusesabagina: March 27th @ 4:30 PM Rackham Auditorium

On Thursday March 27th, Paul Rusesabagina will be giving a Global Policy Perspectives talk commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide.  Mr. Rusesabagina's heroic acts during the genocide were captured in the 2004 film, Hotel Rwanda, with Don Cheadle earning an Academy Award nomination for best actor for his portrayal of Mr. Rusesabagina.  Mr. … Continue reading A Global Policy Perspectives Talk by Paul Rusesabagina: March 27th @ 4:30 PM Rackham Auditorium

Polio Eradication: Shooting for Zero but coming up a bit short

This TED Talk by Bruce Aylward is from 2011 when he was serving as the head of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).  Today, Dr. Aylward is still focused on polio eradication as the Assistant Director-General for Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration "which brings together WHO's work in polio eradication, humanitarian response and country cooperation". In his … Continue reading Polio Eradication: Shooting for Zero but coming up a bit short

Global & Health Equity Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education published a timely article, "Some Health Programs Overseas Let Students Do Too Much, Too Soon", about the ethics of undergraduate health science field students and their clinical experiences abroad.  The article raises concern about the ethics of treating patients before certification, especially at-risk populations, and the global health spectrum of … Continue reading Global & Health Equity Education

New Report: The Global Burden of Disease & the State of US Health

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington has recently released a new report, The State of US Health: Innovations, Insights, and Recommendations from the Global Burden of Disease Study.  "The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) approach...is a systematic, scientific effort to quantify the comparative magnitude of health loss due to … Continue reading New Report: The Global Burden of Disease & the State of US Health

July 11 is World Population Day

According to the World Bank's Health Nutrition and Population Data and Statistics, the world's total population in 1960 was 3,036,764,705.0.  In 2012, it was 7,046,368,812.5 and it is estimated to increase to over 9 billion by 2050. Today, the United Nations marks World Population Day.   All aspects of our the well-being are impacted by population growth - from child survival, … Continue reading July 11 is World Population Day