Childhood Malnutrition in Low Resource Countries

Malnutrition is¬†linked to over 1/3 of childhood deaths around the world, yet it is many times not listed as the direct cause of death, because other diseases affect the children because of their malnourishment (“Malnutrition”). According to the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, malnutrition is the underlying cause of 2.6 million childhood deaths every single…

Female Genital Mutilation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Female genital mutilation, FGM for short, has affected more than 200 million girls alive today. FGM is related to cultural and societal norms in more than 30 countries, but is extremely prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa. Although this is considered a normal practice in this area, FGM is considered a severe violation of human rights as…

Family Planning: A Major Global Health Solution

It is not unknown that the global population has been growing exponentially for many years now. Globally, people¬†who do not have access to birth control, including oral contraceptives, barrier methods, and a variety of other types, are at a severe disadvantage. Many mothers find themselves having a child and immediately becoming pregnant with their next…

Malaria & the World

Malaria is a major problem globally, but especially affects tropical areas. It is an insect-bourne disease that is spread by mosquitos and has developed into multiple different strains. Some of these strains have even become drug-resistant, which poses new problems for healthcare providers and people living in Malaria sites around the world. Women, pregnant woman,…

Breastfeeding: It’s A Necessity

Infant mortality and malnutrition have been major global health problems for years. Although there has been a slight decline in the worldwide infant mortality rate over the past couple of decades, malnutrition is still a challenge that many people face. According to UNICEF, nearly half of all child deaths under five years of age are…

Culture-Bound Syndrome: Agonias

A culture-bound syndrome is defined as “a combination of psychiatric and somatic symptoms that are considered to be a recognizable disease only within a specific society or culture”. During Week 7 of my course, we learned about some common culture-bound syndromes, such as mal de ojo, susto, empacho, and caida de mollera. I wanted to…