Director General Margaret Chan of the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the Zika virus a global health emergency Monday, February 1. Given the intense backlash from their delayed response to the Ebola crisis, it comes as no surprise that the international agency would take little time in declaring the Zika outbreak an international emergency.
Author: Allison Park
Allison is a senior studying Social Policy and Global Health. She focuses primarily on domestic public health, particularly as it relates to women and families. Ultimately, she hopes to earn a Masters in Public Health and Masters in Social Work and work for a health-related non-profit organization.
At the Buffet Institute on Thursday night, students of all disciplines came together to discuss issues of cultural competency in international aid and research. The roundtable discussion— organized by Engineering World Health, Engineers Without Borders, and Global Brigades—provided the opportunity for both undergraduate students and professors to share their experiences and opinions on the matter.
Every day, 800 women around the world die of causes related to pregnancy or childbirth; causes that are most entirely preventable. Ninety-nine percent of these women live in developing countries, half of them alone in Sub-Saharan Africa. And these statistics only begin to scratch at the surface of major global issues facing the health of