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DMK Internship Story

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
DMK Internship Story

By Nathan Georgette

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The burden of aid: how do we improve aid effectiveness to improve health outcomes?

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
The burden of aid: how do we improve aid effectiveness to improve health outcomes?

By Aparna Kamath Master of Science Candidate, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health

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Gamification Rules

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Gamification Rules

By Annie Ryu Annie Ryu is Co-founder and CSO of LifeGuard Games, a company building edugame apps to teach and motivate kids to manage chronic conditions. Prior to launching LifeGuard Games, she co-founded, directed, and implemented a maternal and child health SMS-based venture in rural southern India.

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The Forgotten Disease: Implications for the Future of Mental Health Care in Ghana and the U.S.

| October 19, 2012 | 1 Comment
The Forgotten Disease: Implications for the Future of Mental Health Care in Ghana and the U.S.

As reported by the Ghanaian NGO Basic Needs, a man by the identity of M. has been suffering through his mental illness and wandering about Ghana’s countryside for nearly 20 years, eventually getting his leg stuck in a fallen tree trunk. M. has remained in that same position for four years, plagued by his disease and nearly forgotten by the rest of society.

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Funding Orphan Drugs: Pitfalls of the Orphan Drug Act

| October 19, 2012 | 0 Comments
Funding Orphan Drugs: Pitfalls of the Orphan Drug Act

The debate over cost and access to drugs has long raged between patients, health advocates, and pharmaceutical companies. For patients with “orphan diseases,” or rare diseases which affect fewer than 200,000 people in the United States, this debate becomes particularly acute, as the Orphan Drug Act passed by Congress in 1983 threatens to drive up prices for highly specialized treatments. While the Orphan Drug Act has helped to bring drugs for rare diseases to millions of patients and continues to stimulate research and development of orphan drugs, the law is certainly not without its problems and caveats.

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The World Will Never Know: An Anthropological View of Humanitarian Aid in Response to the Pakistan Floods

| October 19, 2012 | 0 Comments
The World Will Never Know: An Anthropological View of Humanitarian Aid in Response to the Pakistan Floods

In August 2010, the worst floods in recent history struck Pakistan, precipitating a humanitarian crisis and widespread destruction of health infrastructure and loss of access to clean water. The consequences for the health of the internally displaced person (IDP) are considerable given the three main epidemics facing the displaced population: cholera, malaria, and dengue fever. The humanitarian challenge presented by this unholy trinity of flood-precipitated diseases is both immediate and severe. This analysis considers the possible underlying causes of the limited humanitarian response and its implications for future humanitarian efforts, with a focus on how knowledge-flows could effectively improve the aid response.

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The Issue With Quinoa and Nutrition in Bolivia

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
The Issue With Quinoa and Nutrition in Bolivia

By Carlos de Mestral While I was having lunch in Quincy dining hall last week with my friend Helen, we both commented that our quinoa meal tasted delicious. I mentioned how happy it made me that such a nutritional meal actually was so pleasing to the palate. Upon agreeing with me, Helen told me something […]

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Notes from the Field: A Summer in Salone

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Notes from the Field: A Summer in Salone

By Nigel Deen In April 2010, the government of Sierra Leone declared that all healthcare services for pregnant and lactating women, and young children be free of charge, in response to the high maternal and infant mortality rate. The government of Sierra Leone launched the Health Sector Strategic Plan 2010-2015 to ensure successful implementation of […]

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Caring for Kakuma

| June 28, 2011 | 0 Comments
Caring for Kakuma

~Special Online-Featured Submission~ By Alex Palmer, Contributing Writer Harvard College Class of 2012 Alex, a rising senior in Quincy House, is a Social Studies concentrator with a focus field in Ethics, Security Studies, and Humanitarianism and a language citation in Spanish. As a Michael Christian Traveling Fellow, he spent the summer of 2010 volunteering as […]

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Bring the Light

| March 24, 2011 | 0 Comments
Bring the Light

By Yang Qiu It is 7:00am Eastern Standard Time. I am on the plane bound for Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, yet still unsure how a trip to another state within the continent of North America can change the course of blindness prevention across the Pacific Ocean in People’s Republic of China. Twenty-four hours later, I would […]

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