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 […]

Up to 20% of women and 150 million children around the world are estimated to live with a disability, making people with disabilities the largest minority in the world.

Amberle Brown

Disability-Inclusion in Maternal/Child Health

Wheelchairs and braille aren’t generally images associated with maternal child health. But up to 20% of women and 150 million children around the world are estimated to live with a disability, making people with disabilities the largest minority in the world (CBM, n.d.; United Nations, 2006; UNICEF, 2013). These mothers and children with disabilities deserve […]

The Global Health Service Partnership; Building Global Health Security One Student and One Patient at a Time

In 2006 the World Health Assembly issued its landmark report that focused world attention on the critical shortage of skilled health workers (midwifes, nurses, physicians) in 57 countries and linked the shortage to attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). They reported that where the density of skilled health workers is higher, the probability of […]

Hoping to Help: Improving Short-Term Medical Missions

Nurse midwives and their students are among the hundreds of thousands of people from wealthy parts of the world who travel abroad every year to participate in short-term programs intended to improve the health and well-being of people in poor countries. Considering the horrific toll of maternal and infant mortality in so many countries, the potential […]

Perinatal depression among adolescents and access to mental health services

Meg, a high school student, got pregnant at fifteen. Apparently, this came as a shocker to her peers, parents, teachers, and even to herself. Consequently, Meg panicked and had difficulties concentrating on tasks and even entertained thoughts of suicide. She, however, carried the pregnancy to full term. But, after the delivery, she persistently had generalised […]

Trauma Informed Care: A Call to Action

While all across the country our living rooms were saturated with images of a burning city falling into a chaotic state, a reality exists beneath the surface and in the historical fabric of this city. The reaction to the death of Freddie Gray was the result of a City whose most vulnerable residents felt they […]

Diabetes: Global Perspective

Not so long ago, diabetes was rare and something that happened to one’s grandparents as they aged. Now, the world is grappling with a major epidemic of type 2 diabetes as well as an increase in type 1 diabetes. Once called “adult-onset” diabetes, type 2 diabetes can even impact children due to increase in obesity, […]

Global Health Day & The Future of Nursing

And interview with Phyllis Sharps, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, Associate Dean for Community Programs and Initiatives, Elsie M. Lawler Chair, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. From the streets of Baltimore to the rural farm communities of Maryland, across the globe, in large hospitals, community clinics, and international health organizations, nurses are on the ground in interprofessional teams, improving the […]

A Serious Game- Maternity Clinic: Working Together to Care for Mothers and Babies

After a long day at a global health meeting, senior level nurses and midwives huddled over a game board, intensely concentrated. Scrabble addicts? Settlers of Catan competitors? Parcheesi enthusiasts? If you guessed any of the above, you were wrong. The health professionals were playing Maternity Clinic, a serious board game developed by Jhpiego, an international […]