Tag: Starvation

Is Innovation the Answer?

| January 15, 2013 | 0 Comments
Is Innovation the Answer?

Innovation, derived from the Latin for new, is the current buzzword of global health. It is difficult to peruse the labyrinth of global health dialogue without noticing “innovation” peppered about like a golden stamp of approval. In order for a global health idea to garner merit in the present atmosphere, it must be christened as innovative, as something shiny, exciting and new. However, innovation is not always the answer; instead, we need a return to the aged basics of the tried and true.

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A “Wicked Problem”: Combating Obesity in the Developing World

| October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments
A “Wicked Problem”: Combating Obesity in the Developing World

An obesity epidemic has replaced the specter of starvation in many developing nations. Described as a “wicked problem” by the UN general assembly, obesity is a precursor state to several devastating non-communicable diseases (NCDs): diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer. With obesity rates skyrocketing in countries rich and poor, it is imperative that scientists, policymakers and activists work together to find solutions to this deadly health crisis.

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