Focusing on Cervical Cancer on World Cancer Day

Today is World Cancer Day, a day to talk about and discuss cancer and the myths surrounding the global disease. On World Cancer Day we are focusing our efforts on cervical cancer and its effects on women in poor countries. Last year I met a cervical cancer nurse, Susan Banda, at the N’Gombe Health Clinic…

The Narrowing Health Gap Between Rich and Poor Countries

The World Health Organization released its annual World Health Statistics report. In the report the WHO looked at all of its global regions to see how countries fared in various global data stats  including maternal and child mortality, life expectancy, and health coverage as examples. “Intensive efforts to achieve the MDGs have clearly improved health…

10 Global Development Stories to be Thankful For

Typically when we think of global development we focus on everything that is wrong because the challenges are so great. Rarely are the successes celebrated because with every move towards a goal there is still so much to do. Today we are featuring those stories that have been more about success than failure; more about…

Why African Women Are Dying of Cervical Cancer

With so many communicable diseases plaguing the African continent we often forget about the non-communicable diseases that ravish its people as well. Did you know that cervical cancer is the number one cancer killer of women in Africa? Taking the lives of roughly 270,000 African women each year, Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University,…

Be a Hero and Send a Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, you can be a hero. Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago has put together an amazing campaign for kids that are at the hospital on Valentine’s Day. The campaign is inspired by a little girl who had leukemia. Four years ago, a little girl names Taylor changed Valentine’s Day forever. Weak from Leukemia,…