Global Health

Global Health is the area of study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health, reducing disparities, and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. No one should be denied health education and treatment because of race, class, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status—yet many are.

On Stigma, Disability and Caregiving: A Love Song

By Sarah Macaraeg

 “Memory is your body as it was in the world and the world as it was and will be.” Hilton Als


When I was eleven, my brother came home from the Army. Like many veterans, he returned to small town life an entirely different person, but his was a metamorphosis driven not by war and not even by militarism. He came home with an honorable discharge and a diagnosis of schizophrenia.

There had been a phone call prior. In my memory I see my mom answering, notice her hand clenching the phone, fingers wrapping around the cord, voice shaking. My brother was hospitalized, someone from the Veterans Administration told her, at the Great Lakes Naval Hospital outside of Chicago.

He was departing to a base in Germany when I last saw him, and on his way out the door I offered him a newly-minted carefully scissor-cut school photo of me. I had considered the exact size appropriate, in the serious way of 6th graders. He smiled, I remember, and placed the photo in a Velcro wallet where it fit perfectly and sat alongside little else, bringing it with him to Europe. (more…)

Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide

Repost from NPR . “As countries modernize around the world, they’re increasingly being hit with one of the curses of wealth: cancer.There are about 14 million new cancer cases globally each year, the World Health Organization reported Monday. And the … Continue reading

Attacks on Medical Care in Syria

Repost the Lancet . “Attacks on Syria’s medical community and infrastructure have devastated the health-care system. Government forces – and sometimes opposition groups – have deliberately targeted medical professionals, hospitals, ambulances, and supplies, preventing untold numbers of people from getting … Continue reading

Designing Medical Devices for Predictably Unpredictable Environments

Repost from the Lancet. “Many remote hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa lack basic medical devices, like infant incubators, radiant warmers, and anaesthesia machines. Recognizing this, well-meaning individuals and organizations from high-income countries donate medical equipment – sometimes new, but mostly used … Continue reading