Student Organizations Can Improve Global Health

Education, Global Health, News Writing, Published

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Many of the health crises in the world today are not only preventable but often man-made. However, disease outbreaks, conflict-created health emergencies and inefficient healthcare systems continue into 2019. Though there are very real threats to global health, there are also organizations working tirelessly to tackle these global health challenges. The efforts of internationally-focused college clubs, like GlobeMed at the University of Denver and Global Medical Training at the University of California, Berkeley, demonstrate that student organizations can improve global health.

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The Global Health Council Advances International Health Programs

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On August 2018, The Global Health Council welcomed the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Extension Act of 2018 by the House of Representatives. This legislation reauthorizes PEPFAR for 5 years and is an example of bipartisan support for ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic and was sponsored by Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), Karen Bass (D-CA), Ed Royce (R-CA), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Eliot Engel (D-NY).

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The Struggle Against Drug Trafficking in Tajikistan

Global Health, News Writing, Poverty, Published

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Although Tajikistan is one of the poorest countries in the world, it has experienced rapid rates of poverty reduction in recent years. In 2000, more than 83 percent of the population was in poverty, while in 2016, the poverty rate reduced to 31 percent. Though rewarding, the rapid reduction of monetary poverty has been unable to address non-monetary poverty issues, such as the quality or accessibility of public services and the persistent problem of drug trafficking in Tajikistan.

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Addressing a Crisis: Air Pollution in Mongolia

Global Health, News Writing, Poverty, Published

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The air pollution rates in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, exceeded the international safe limit set by The World Health Organization by seven times, causing a health crisis, particularly among Mongolia’s youth.

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Guyana’s Agricultural Sector: Successes in Poverty Reduction

Global Health, News Writing, Poverty, Published

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana remains one of the poorest countries in South America and is faced with poor infrastructure, a weak government and high poverty rates. However, the country is plentiful of vast natural resources, which just might be the solution to alleviating Guyana from poverty. Guyana’s agricultural sector is one of the most productive components of the country’s economy, accounting for 33 percent of Guyana’s GDP and 30 percent of the country’s employment.

Steady Advancements of Health Successes in Botswana

Global Health, News Writing, Poverty, Published

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GABORONE — Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, has historically enjoyed one of the highest economic growth rates in the world. According to the World Bank, Botswana is an upper middle-income country with a stable democracy since its independence from Britain in 1966. The economic and political stability of the country contribute to its ability to invest in programs designed to improve health. There are four main areas where there have been huge health successes in Botswana.

Finding Solutions to the Russian Healthcare Crisis

Global Health, News Writing, Published

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SEATTLE — In recent years, Russia’s economic instability has increased due to rapidly falling oil prices, causing a spike in poverty and decreasing investments in infrastructure, such as healthcare. Though the Russian economy began its recovery in 2017 with a GDP increase of 1.5 percent, this is not significant enough to improve Russian quality of life or provide more funding for healthcare, which has led to a Russian healthcare crisis.

How Displacement and Poverty Create Health Risks in Bangladesh

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SEATTLE — Bangladesh is the tenth most densely populated country in the world, with a population of 166 million people living in a land area of approximately 147,560 square kilometers. Between 2010 and 2016, urban poverty rates declined from 21.3 percent to 18.9 percent, and rural poverty rates declined from 35.2 percent to 26.4 percent. However, in recent years the rate of poverty reduction in Bangladesh has slowed. Today, approximately one in four Bangladeshis (24.3 percent of the population) remain in poverty and 12.9 percent of the population lives in extreme poverty. The poverty rates and health risks in Bangladesh are directly affected by the country’s high number of internally displaced persons, refugees and migrants.