Category: Women’s Health

The Global Scope of Women’s Health

Autonomy is a concept that we, in the United States, are more or less obsessed with. It is the right of an individual to make his or her own decisions, and a concept that is highly emphasized in modern American medical practice. At 18, we become solely responsible for the disclosure of our medical records

China’s Generational Gap: Sexual Health Concerns and Changing Values

It seems contradictory that a country could have one of the highest rates of family planning and contraceptive use in the world, yet have high (and rising) abortion occurrences each year as well. This, however, is exactly the situation that China currently faces. Spending time studying Public Health in China, I was able to tour

The emergency caesarean section transport system at Meru District Hospital

Maternal health services video blog from the field: Tanzania, 2013 This film documents the process behind patient transportation for emergency maternal health services at Meru District Hospital near Arusha, Tanzania. Due to resource shortages and lacking infrastructure, women needing an emergency caesarean section must often wait for precious minutes while the staff search the entire

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

‘Abortion drug’ used to preventing postpartum hemorrhage around the globe

Doctors are working to deliver misoprostol— known as the “abortion drug”– to women in developing countries to prevent thousands of deaths due to postpartum hemorrhaging. “We have the answers. This is not a complex question… We know how to get women, in most cases, to have a healthy delivery,” said Stacie Geller, professor in the