Category: Sustainability

AYZH: Changing Lives Through Sanitary Childbirths

I recently had the privilege to attend a conversation titled “Innovation Around the World,” part of Chicago Ideas Week. The speakers of the conference were described as some of the “most talented young innovators from around the world,” who were gathered “to share their exciting emerging technologies. From health to education, climate change to policy

The many hats of Usha Periyanayagam

This past year, Usha Periyanayagam has been all over the map. She’s been to Karachi, Pakistan (twice), South Sudan, Boston. She’s worked as a consultant, a teacher of sorts, a medical care worker and an engineer. Believe it or not, her work does have a common thread. Periyanayagam has put on these different hats and

Young food waste activists confront issues at summit

“Our generation was not so good at teeing up prosperity for the next generation. We assumed someone else would come in and take care of it later. Young brothers and sisters, that’s you.” Those were the words of Mike Curtin, CEO of DC Central Kitchen and a speaker at the Food Waste and Hunger Summit

Seeking sustainable solutions abroad during med school

Last year, Joseph Brown was working in a tiny emergency room with a single lamp—a lamp he said received electricity about 80 percent of the time. He treated malnutrition, the affects of polio, back pain and wounds from bull goring. After taking a year off from medical school to volunteer in Peru, Brown is encouraging

What Global Health Needs Most are People Ready to Listen

It takes all of one day of field work in Sub-Saharan Africa to realize that the culture surrounding development is a real problem. No matter how old you are, how qualified or unqualified you are, your status as somebody from the Global North guarantees you a seat at the table, and when you talk, people