Category: Health and Equity in the Americas

Health: the Hope of Haiti

At no time have I felt more vital than in serving at Partners In Health (PIH), and seldom more needed than in places like Haiti. In the Haitian people, as well as in every other country that PIH serves, we find an…

Whither Equity in Health?

A waiting room in a charity clinic in rural Haiti. It is a humid afternoon, and huge drops of warm rain are starting to fall. A young woman is watching as her ten-year-old son, Dominique, clutches…

Safe Blood for Transfusion

José Oscar Cotto López has donated 140 pints of blood since 1966. The 53-year old resident of San Salvador, El Salvador, does so because he believes it is an expression of love. “We must be…

Reproductive Health

On a hot, dusty day in the middle of a long drought, I attended a day-long assembly convened by the Ministry of Health’s Reproductive Health and Family Planning Program in Chulucanas, the…

Program in Clinical Effectiveness

As a family physician, I’ve always been interested in primary care and also in the broader perspective of health care systems focusing both on the individual patients and on populations…

Physicians for Human Rights

As a member of a 1983 American Public Health Association delegation to evaluate medical neutrality in El Salvador, I saw mothers and children begging for food and for help in getting…

Medicinal Herbs in Times of Low Intensity War

Julio was wet from the pouring rain and frightened. He ran through the streets of Polho, a community in Chiapas sympathetic to the Zapatista rebels, to find Carlos, the health promoter…

Health Technology

Advances in computer and telecommunications technology are expanding the promise of medical knowledge, interventions and prevention to the most remote and impoverished regions…

Health in the Americas

The state of health of the Western Hemisphere, I am pleased to say, is improving, distinguished readers. Every country in the Americas is experiencing a decline in child mortality, a decrease in…

Doctors in the Field

Zamorano, Honduras – The family of eight rural villagers crowded on a narrow wooden school bench in the improvised clinic. They had traipsed from their tiny village, almost two hours more…

Decentralization

We were in the mayor’s office in a small village outside Cochabamba, Bolivia to interview officials about the impact of the new Popular Participation Law that had granted municipalities new…

Cuba: Through A Public Health Lens

We hailed from countries in East and South Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America, and included professionals in law, psychology, social work, nursing and medicine. For all of us on the…

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