Meeting the health needs of an increasingly transgender population

Published by Public Health Post – March 21, 2017

The American Public Health Association (APHA) first came out with a declaration about the “Need for Acknowledging Transgendered Individuals within Research and Clinical Practice” in 1999. It urged researchers and health care professionals to recognize the fluidity of gender norms, show sensitivity by using the gender term with which their client identifies, and to “be aware of the distinct health care needs of transgendered individuals.” Yet the 2015 Transgender Survey Report suggests that many transgender individuals continue to experience rampant mistreatment, discrimination, and ignorance from their health care providers. MORE.



Can the news fuel stigma around mental illness?

Published by Public Health Post – March 2, 2017

Recently, Dan Diamond spoke to Public Health Post and highlighted the role that journalists play in shaping conversations about policy. A study from Dr. Emma E. McGinty and a team of colleagues at Johns Hopkins University suggests that when it comes to mental health, news coverage in the last twenty years may have led that conversation in a misguided and discriminatory direction. MORE.

Impact investing 101: Prioritizing poverty through profitability?

Published by Global Envision – October 2, 2015

Progress comes with a price tag–and a substantial one at that. Development projects around the world received $1.2 trillion in 2014 but experts estimate it will take another $2.5 trillion per year to address global challenges like poverty, food security, and climate change.

Philanthropy, humanitarian aid and government spending are not enough to fill this deficit. World leaders are calling for innovative financing methods to fill the gap.

Impact investing could be the answer.

What is impact investing? MORE.

Trending finally: Frugal innovation

Published by Global Envision – September 1, 2015

Republished by Christian Science Monitor – October 5, 2015

In the global development world, one particular “buzz word” has been gaining momentum… and it might be the most common sense of them all.

“Frugal innovation” is a trendy term for a widely known– yet often overlooked– fact: the developing world cannot afford to throw massive resources at increasingly complex technologies to solve its problems. The developed world’s “model is…too costly, elitist, and rigid and fails to address even basic socioeconomic needs,” explains innovation and leadership strategist Navi Radjou. MORE.

Achieving gender equality–one sanitary pad at a time

Published by Global Envision – July 7, 2015

What if a little, two-by-four inch piece of soft, cottony material could reduce gender inequality and restore the dignity of women in underdeveloped nations?

Indian entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham has discovered that even the most basic sanitary pad can allow for women to more fully participate in society.

But first, he needs to figure out how to get women to talk about their periods. Many women still believe that menstruation is a curse–a belief encouraged by a lack of awareness and social stigma.

More than 32 percent of schoolgirls in South Asia had not heard about menstruation prior to menarche, according to WASH United’s Menstrual Hygiene Day. At the same time, 48 percent of girls in Iran, 10 percent in India and 7 percent in Afghanistan believe that menstruation is a disease. MORE.

Water versus sanitation: Tackling the less fashionable issue

Published by Global Envision – July 23, 2015

Back in 2000, world leaders at the UN Millennium Summit agreed to work towards a series of eight goals in order to hit certain targets by 2015.

These millennium development goals sparked progress in areas like gender equality, child mortality, and access to education. And, in 2010, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water was cut in half, hitting the target five years ahead of schedule. Now, 91 percent of the global population has access to improved water sources. MORE.

A brighter outlook on energy poverty

Published by Global Envision – June 22, 2015

Republished by Christian Science Monitor – July 28, 2015

In rural Uganda, light streams from the Ssenyonjo family’s windows through the night. The children inside sleep soundly, free from worry of snakes and thieves. They are prepared for the morning’s classes after an evening of study. What’s more, their lungs are healthy–no one wakes with coughing fits or fevers.

But for nearly one-fifth of the world’s population that does not yet have solar power like the Ssenyonjo family, this vision of clean energy is still a dream. Some 1.3 billion people live without access to electricity.

Energy poverty not only affects basic comfort–it limits the possibility for economic development. Children are unable to study when the sun goes down, rendering education ineffective. Health facilities are inadequate, job opportunities are minimal, and time is wasted in walking hours to the market for kerosene, which damages both health and the environment.