Category: Child Health

Rethinking Mental Healthcare

This quarter I am enrolled in Refugee & Immigrant Health, a core class in the global health department taught by Bechara Choucair. The class discusses a wide range of topics related to the health challenges of these population groups including infectious disease, access to care, and mental health. Last week Mary Fabri, a trauma &

“Ugandan memories are always with me”: Reflections on GlobeMed’s Summer Research

Three members of the Northwestern chapter of GlobeMed (Natalie Sack, Alissa Zhu, & Matt Zhou) spent part of their summer in Uganda conducting needs assessment research at GlobeMed’s new partner organization, the Adonai Child Development Center. Alissa Zhu writes of their experience abroad: GlobeMed’s new partnership with the Adonai Child Development Center meant a fresh

Western Misconceptions Regarding Female Genital Cutting

I took a class last Spring titled Global Bioethics, in which we discussed controversial health topics and their ethical implications. What I found most fascinating was the topic of female genital cutting, or FGC. Although it was something I had only briefly heard about before, what I knew about FGC led me to believe it

Why the Millennium Development Goals Fall Short

The Millennium Development Goals definitely sound good. There are few things as inspiring as a global pledge to halve world poverty or universalize primary education, but unfortunately development progress is not measured by the content of our promises. It is measured by the content of our deliverables and, equally important yet much less discussed, how

Decreasing Malnourishment Rates in the Highlands of Southwestern Guatemala

Recently the Global Health Portal spoke to Maya Krasnow (Psychology/Global Health Studies, WCAS 2015), who spent her summer introducing a tablet app to help health promoters decrease malnutrition in children in a small village in the highlands of southwestern Guatemala. Tell us about your project.  What inspired your work? Guatemala suffers the sixth-worst malnutrition in the