Category: Infectious Diseases

The Ebola Outbreak: Fast Facts and Resources

The global health world is abuzz this summer with the frightening spread of Ebola, a deadly virus that has emerged in frightening force over the past few months in West Africa. Officials are labeling the outbreak responsible for 826 deaths as of August 4, as organizations across the globe are stepping in to try and

Pneumonia, leading cause of death in children

Seeing as many of my courses and global health experiences have focused on the same few global health initiatives, I thought I would take a look at other conditions that I have encountered less frequently: for instance, pneumonia. Pneumonia–a respiratory infection in the lungs brought on by viruses, bacteria, or fungi that causes painful breathing

Working on a project that matters where it matters most

This post was originally published on International Program Development’s NU in South Africa blog. Blogger Sarah Uttal is wrapping up her time in South Africa on IPD’s Global Healthcare Technologies program at the University of Cape Town and reflects on how her group’s work had an immediate positive impact on a primary care facility in

Applying What We Learn Abroad Back Home

If you’ve spent time in the field of global health, you’ve probably been asked the question, “Why focus your time internationally, when there is so much need here at home?” While it is an interesting and certainly important question, I think it rests on an assumption that is fundamentally flawed. Quite simply, the question creates