Guest Blogger
Guest Blogger
Each month we ask bloggers, activists, and others to write guest posts on issues they are passionate about.
Recent Posts
July 29th, 2010

My earliest memories of even thinking I might be depressed were met with warnings by my mother that if I ever dare seek professional help for depression, even as a kid, my employers would one day find out and fire me. It did bother me that being depressed-but-employed versus happy-and-unemployed was the better of the [...]

July 27th, 2010

In my previous guest blog post for this site I described a hidden burden of poverty and illness resulting from neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the world’s poorest countries. In addition to representing the most common infections of the “bottom billion” — people who live on less than $1.25 per day — I revealed that [...]

July 19th, 2010

After five years of clawing, fighting and working to rebuild our lives, much work still needs to be done to bring back the city that I call home. I wish that I could say that life in the Big Easy is getting easier, but for many of us, it isn’t. I have spent the last [...]

July 15th, 2010

I really enjoyed talking with Tavis today on the show. When you only have ten minutes to explain things as complicated as the oceans, over-fishing and fish-farming, you always kick yourself after the fact. “Tavis, I meant Atlantic bluefin tuna,” you say. Or, “Tavis, you can have the salmon–but Alaska wild salmon is better for [...]

July 1st, 2010

What makes a community healthy? That was the question posed to teenagers by Youth UpRising in Oakland, CA. The mostly African-American youth responded that it is a place where bullets don’t fly, where their friends are not buried before they’re old enough to vote, where there are fewer liquor stores than there are grocery stores. [...]

June 17th, 2010

Most Americans are surprised to learn that the most common causes of illnesses among poor people living in the Western Hemisphere are caused by a group of parasitic infections known collectively as the neglected tropical diseases or “NTDs.”   Worldwide, approximately one billion people live on either no money or next to no money — below [...]

June 10th, 2010

Along a dusty highway, 18 miles or so outside of Caracas, Venezuela, you’ll see the gates of La Villa del Cine. It’s not a prison. It’s not a strip mall. It’s a movie studio that looks, well, like a prison or a strip mall. But La Villa isn’t just any movie studio, it’s the movie [...]

June 1st, 2010

An hour before the magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck 10 miles west of Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, January 12, I had just finished a meeting at the Hotel Montana on neglected tropical diseases. I was with two IMA World Health staffers — Sarla Chand and Ann Varghese — and we were waiting to meet three of our [...]

May 6th, 2010

Regardless of what happens in the economy, healthcare continues to be one of the most important, most popular, and fastest-growing industries. Healthcare is one of the country’s largest industries, providing  14.3 million jobs in 2008 alone. And the industry is expected to generate 3.2 million new jobs between 2008 and 2018 — more than any [...]

April 21st, 2010

“When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water,” Benjamin Franklin quipped wisely over two centuries ago, long before it seemed conceivable that freshwater could become scarce across the planet or anyone imagined the need for an Earth Day. Today, for the first time in human history, the global well is starting to [...]

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