Category: Global Initiatives

Motorcycle use: A global health crisis?

The use of motorcycles has been growing around the world, due to the mobility and speed that they offer, as well as affordability. With increased use comes more frequent accidents, making motorcycle use a public health issue around the world. According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Burden of Disease study, road accidents are

Rebeca Grynspan Discusses Careers in International Development

On Wednesday, February 11, the Buffett Institute and International Program Development (IPD) co-sponsored a discussion led by Rebeca Grynspan on careers in international development. Rebeca Grynspan is a Costa Rican economist and was formerly a UN under-secretary-general, and the associate administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). She also previously served as the director

APEC Climate Agreement: Too Little Too Late?

Last May I wrote a post on my experience with pollution while in China. The smog was, without a doubt, my least favorite part about spending a summer in Beijing. Not only are the extreme amounts of pollutants gross to breathe in and bad for the environment, they are also bad for our health. And

Director of “A Doctor of My Own” attends screening with Q&A

Sub-Saharan Africa has 24% of the global burden of disease, yet only 3% of the world’s healthcare workforce. Recently, these statistics have become especially salient with the current Ebola outbreak. The recruitment and retention of physicians in these countries is challenging, especially with the lack of medical schools. In Namibia, the first medical school was

Mobile health: Uses and growth at home and abroad

Mobile health (mHealth) is the use of mobile phones and technologies, such as tablets, to improve health access, outcomes, delivery, services, and research. The field requires individuals from multiple disciplines, such as medicine, public health, business, computer science, to come together and produce products that serve in both developing and developed nations. Cell phones are