November 24, 2014

Sarah Davey- Global Health Intern

Sarah is the Global Health Intern. She is currently enrolled in the Washington Semester Program at American University, where she is studying International Law and Organizations. She is an undergraduate student at Providence College in Rhode Island, where she is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Public and Community Service Studies. Sarah spends much of her time doing student organizing and activism projects on campus, most recently serving as a student organizer for TOMS Shoes. Her biggest area of interest regarding global health is in the field of child health and issues of malnutrition and inaccessibility to clean sources of water and air and looks forward to doing work in that area this semester. She has a very strong interest in foreign policy issues and is excited to collaborate with students and other organizations to put global health on the forefront of the minds of policymakers! In her free time, Sarah enjoys running, Pilates, and exploring Washington D.C.!

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Happy World Malaria Day!!

Today marks the 4th annual World Malaria Day! The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the theme of “Achieving Progress and Impact” in order to emphasize the renewed efforts, one year after the initial target year of 2011, of the global community to achieve zero malaria deaths by 2015. Here at AIDemocracy, we have been spending the past month exploring the impacts and implications of malaria on the global community and thinking about ways that we, as citizens of this community, can mobilize and organize to “Cut the Buzz” by 2015! Our month-long … [Read more...]

AIDemocracy’s Story of the Refugee Crisis

Here at AIDemocracy, we are always focusing on the interconnectedness of global issues and how everything has an impact on something else in some way, no matter how major or minor. In considering scenarios that could best depict this, we decided to create our "Refugee Crisis Story," which will pull together Global Peace and Security, development, health, and environment (as well as other major global issues) as a way for us to conceptualize the interrelatedness in a new way.  So what are the major connectors that make the refugee crisis an … [Read more...]

Educating to End Malaria

Education is a fundamental right that every human being should be provided with. Along with the basic idea of obtaining an education or having the option to pursue an education, access to education is something that is being denied to millions of children in sub-Saharan Africa. This is not to say that these children do not have a school that they could choose to go to, but the fact that malaria is so prominent in this region accounts for an incredibly high rate of absenteeism, which then leads to the falling behind and eventual dropping-out of school … [Read more...]

The Refugee-Malaria Crisis

Recently, many of our issues have discussed both the crisis of refugees and of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, but we have not taken the chance to look at how these two issues correlate to each other. A leading cause of death among refugees across the continent of Africa continues to be malaria. In fact, statistics from 2007 report that malaria was accountable for about 21% of reported deaths and 26% of deaths in children under the age of five, making it one of the most prominent diseases among the refugee population. There are many factors that can be … [Read more...]

The “Buzz” on Water and Malaria

Malaria is a preventable disease: it has been eradicated from the United States and many other developed nations for more than 50 years! This makes it seem as though it is an easy feat to eliminate the disease from an entire country, or continent in the case of Africa, but in order to do so we must consider all the different issues and epidemics that create breeding grounds for the disease to develop and grow to its current level. Another major issue in Africa right now is that of water sanitation and the building of sustainable water projects that will … [Read more...]

7 Things to do for World Malaria Day- April 25, 2011 – order free kits by 4/4

Monday, April 25th is World Malaria Day 2011, what will you be doing to make a change? Malaria kills more than 2,000 people every day in Africa, with about one child dying every 45 seconds, making it the number one killer of children under 5 in the sub-Saharan region. What is important to note is that malaria can be eradicated: for more than 50 years it has been absent in the United States, due to availability of spraying techniques and effective medications. However, although these valuable anti-malarial drugs and technologies exist, they are not … [Read more...]

Innovative Financing and the Global Health Gap

In the wake of the new budget reforms and a low point in funding for global health, many of us have been quietly asking ourselves how all of the incredible initiatives that have been developed in recent years will be able to sustain funding, whether it be through federal spending or through private donors. In a very captivating panel discussion sponsored by the United Nations Foundation and in collaboration with the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, Global Economy and Development at Brookings, the World Bank, and Standard Bank, the concept of … [Read more...]

Why the Silence on Population?

On February 22, I attended a panel discussion put on by the UK-based Royal Society to present and discuss the findings of their newest project on population, entitled “People in the Planet.” This new effort by the Royal Society, which is overlooked by Nobel laureate Sir John Sulston, intends to look at the factors that affect and are affected by various changes within societies. Population is a topic that is often brought up under the context of some other major global issue, whether it is environment, development, health, etc. However, this society … [Read more...]

USAID is “Going the Extra Mile” for 2016

On February 15, 2011, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah delivered the David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture at the National Institute of Health (NIH) ; this was the first time that a sitting USAID administrator has addressed the NIH community. His speech, entitled “Addressing Grand Challenges: The Role of Science in Global Health Development,” gave insight as to the current state of Obama’s Global Health Initiative, where funding needs to be redirected, and how the U.S. needs to allocate its scientific resources differently in order to combat major … [Read more...]

Our Body, Our Rights: Empowering Youth through Youth in India

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Last Friday, I was given the great opportunity to listen to a young woman from India named Ishita Chaudrhy speak about her founding of The YP Foundation (TYPF), one of the largest youth-led organization in India, which focuses on the importance of empowering young people to address such issues as sexual and reproductive health rights, gender empowerment, HIV/AIDS, maintaining peace, and “pro-active citizenship.” Her presentation, which was given at the American Jewish World Service office and sponsored by the International Women’s Health Coalition, was … [Read more...]