Addressing Tuberculosis, Diabetes, and Drug Overdoses Globally: Community-Informed Solutions

Although tuberculosis (TB) has had a cure since 1948, there were an estimated 10.4 million new cases of TB in 2015 [1]. TB, the leading infectious killer of adults in the world, claimed the lives of over 1.8 million people in 2015- that’s roughly 4,000 people every day dying from a preventable, curable disease. It […]

Partnership, Not Aid – How the Women of Haiti are Claiming a New Future

Part II Improving access to health and hygiene services through local capacity building During our trip to Haiti in 2014, Clinic Manager Miss Berrette explained how the women use “twal” – pieces of cloth that are used during menstruation by rural women. [watch video here] The type of cloth varies but often comes from the […]

HIV, Career, and Mentorship

Recently, I was asked how I started my nursing career in HIV. To sum it up in a word, mentorship is what brought me to HIV nursing. My path in HIV started in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where I met a long-standing and HIV nurse, Dr. Susan Gaskins. Dr. Gaskins was the first nursing professor to teach me […]

Maternal and Child Health in the Time of Ebola

By Amelia Brandt, MSW, MPH Maternal & Child Health Specialist I am a public health professional currently living in Sierra Leone and working on the Ebola response with an international non-profit organization. I arrived here in January and have had the opportunity to see our work transition from emergency response to recovery. What comes to […]