Why climate change’s impact on women in sub-Saharan Africa needs to be treated as the health crisis that it is By Edith Magak When the HIV pandemic emerged in the 1980s, men were more likely than women to acquire the disease. But today, women are the face of the virus. In sub-Saharan Africa, over 60% of people living with HIV are female. This feminization of … Continue reading When Drought and HIV Collide
By Sarah Sax When people think of what drives tropical deforestation, they think of what are referred to as “the big five”: cattle, soy, palm oil, timber and pulp, and cacao. And for sure, these industries are responsible for a large part of tropical deforestation. But what if someone told you: lack of access to healthcare, or high maternal mortality rates could also be considered … Continue reading Health in Harmony: a Planetary Health Approach in the Making
By Njeri Kimotho There is a new buzzword in the development sector that promises a way to make the world better and development more inclusive: feminism. But how can one word be the response to so many global crises that the entire world is grappling with? Part of that answer is moving from the word to its application; Feminism is a commitment and it is … Continue reading Can Feminism Really be a Fix to Current and Future Global Crises?
By Julia Lukomnik Feature image description: Two multi-colored hands support a brown skinned person wearing orange shorts and an orange off-the shoulder top. The person has blue flowers in their yellow afro. As the first Russian soldiers crossed the border to Ukraine, social media lit up with suggestions of how people with resources could help: from direct bank transfers to Ukrainian activists, to offering Ukrainian refugees … Continue reading Decolonizing Wealth in the Midst of Crisis
By Yarrow Global “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” – Audre Lorde Decolonizing Global and maternal health can’t be done without having those people who are most affected by negative maternal health outcomes at the table, such as women from Low-Middle Income Countries (LMICs). This is one of the key takeaways from the “Rethinking North-South Relations – A gendered challenge” panel that … Continue reading Decolonizing North-South Relationships in Global Health
By Sarah Sax There is a popular cartoon that has shown up recently in my social media feeds. It generally shows three tidal waves of ever increasing sizes descending on a city. The smallest is COVID-19, the second is labelled recession, and the largest, so big you almost don’t notice it at first, is labelled climate change. The city that is about to be overwhelmed … Continue reading What Planetary Health Frameworks are Missing: Gender.
By Lila Sax dos Santos Gomes In the 1960s, West Germany was the epicenter of an economic boom. Immediately after the end of the war and bolstered by the social free market, the German economy grew at a much faster rate than its European counterparts. This had an effect on the ways families were reconstituted in the rising economy. Financial security didn’t depend on a … Continue reading A Care Revolution