Category: Policy

An Undergraduate Student’s Reflection on Attending the Fifth Meeting of the WHO Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care

During the summer of 2013, I was granted the privilege to work in the office of Dr. Meena Cherian, the Director of the Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (EESC) Program at the World Health Organization. Through discussing the Program with Dr. Cherian and analyzing the current EESC data, I became enlightened on how surgical care

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

Law and Medicine: A Discussion of Standard of Care

We all know that every country in the world is unique in its culture, language, and lifestyle. But have you ever considered how provision of healthcare and treatment varies from region to region globally? It’s obvious that third world countries might not have the resources available to provide treatment equivalent to a public hospital 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

A Look at Paul Collier’s Routes out of Poverty

In case you missed it, economic expert Paul Collier recently came to Northwestern to deliver a speech entitled “Routes out of Poverty: What are the Expressways”. Sponsored by the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies and the Center for Global Engagement Global Development Series, and co-sponsored by One Book One Northwestern, Kellogg Global Programs,