Category: Child Health

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

Ugly Sweaters for a Meaningful Cause

Ryan Werffeli knows instantly that this is the one: a beige-brown sweater with an embroidered “winterscape” of snow-speckled pine trees, woodland creatures and a cozy cottage. There’s no doubt that this is one ugly sweater. But Werffeli can’t wait to wear it. “Between Thanksgiving and Christmas is prime time for the ugly sweater. Winter parties.

On the Brink of Eradication: The Polio Epidemic

Polio is a highly infectious and crippling disease that primarily infects children. The poliovirus attacks the brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis within hours. Perhaps the most devastating nature of the disease is that it is completely preventable, yet twenty-five years after the polio vaccine was assembled, only seventy-five percent of the world has access

Nipo hapa / I am here: Coping with suffering in Usa Village, Tanzania

This past Tuesday, there was a large crowd gathering around the minor theater, or emergency room, at the local hospital. We quickly headed over to see if assistance was needed in the ward. Professor Sullivan peaked her head around the entryway and immediately turned to me with alarm on her face.  “Do not go in

Perseverance is incredibly valuable – Global Health Alumni Interview with Caitlin Callahan (WCAS 2012)

Caitlin Callahan (WCAS 2012) Major: Political Science, International Studies Minor: Global Health Caitlin Callahan, Global Health alumna ’12, is a Global Health Corps fellow at Public Health Solutions in New York City.  Public Health Solutions has programs addressing maternal and child health, nutrition, access to health insurance, HIV prevention and care, and smoking cessation. The