Health, welfare and well-being

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

Photo by Michael Stern (source: Flickr Creative Commons)

Tasting the benefits of reducing food waste

Canadians could save a lot of money, help the environment and make food more affordable for the poor with a national food waste strategy. As a resident family physician, I often encounter patients whom I cannot help. Sometimes, the most I can do is give them a sandwich from the […]

by × 04 August 2015 ×

BSG Faculty, Health, welfare and well-being

A woman prepares for an HIV test in Uganda. ©2011, Sokomoto Photography for International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)

Acting boldly on HIV/AIDS

Kenya’s HIV/AIDS 2015 conference, Maisha 2015 (meaning life in Swahili), in which I gave a Keynote Address, highlighted the knowledge and advocacy resources that have been mobilized by the country to fight the HIV pandemic. My speech focused on the mission and messages of RethinkHIV: Death sentence to debt sentence: […]

by × 27 May 2015 ×

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

Young boy sleep in bed surrounded by a protective malaria bed net, Nigeria. (Photo: Arne Hoel / World Bank, source: Flickr)

To end malaria in Nigeria, focus on health systems

The ongoing Ebola outbreak has dominated headlines for nearly a year. It is an undeniable catastrophe, with more than 10,000 lives lost and a long list of missed opportunities in the global response to the disease. However, there are a few lessons we can draw from this tragedy – particularly […]

by × 20 April 2015 ×

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

Image source: morgueFile

£1m ‘obesity’ deal with Coke a no-no, BoJo.

Last week brought us the news that London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has teamed up with Coca-Cola to ‘tackle obesity’. They will match-fund £500,000 from the Mayor to encourage more people to get active. This is part of a trend of Coke sponsoring physical activity projects around the world, such as […]

by × 05 August 2014 ×

BSG Faculty, Health, welfare and well-being

Image source: HIV Particle, AJ Cann Flickr

They said she was cured

It was announced today that a child from the United States who was previously thought to have been cured of HIV has relapsed, and not only has the virus been detected in her body, but an associated decrease in CD4+ T cells has also been seen. She is now on anti-retroviral […]

by × 11 July 2014 ×

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

Angelina Jolie, whose preventive surgery against breast cancer caused a surge in demand for mastectomies

Can doctors do more to inspire behavioural change for better health?

MPP student Sven Jungmann is a doctor. As a medical student he spent time in a hospital in Soweto, South Africa, working in trauma management. He describes it as rough, but incredibly rewarding work. But there came a point when he realised that he and the trauma team were treating the […]

by × 12 June 2014 ×

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

Mental Health Policy, a significant driver for growth?

Mental Health Policy, a significant driver for growth?

Evidence that demonstrates the impact of mental health disorders is overwhelming in modern societies. Mental illness is a primary source of distress, social fracture and financial leakages. Mental illness is all around but apparently it is a very well masked enemy…

by × 21 May 2014 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

mHealth in Africa: challenges and opportunities

mHealth in Africa: challenges and opportunities

Disseminating healthcare resources and information in countries with a widespread rural population and limited financial resources remains a public health issue. Here, Temitope Folaranmi, MPP alumnus, looks at mHealth as an innovative and potentially effective solution to overcome these problems. Over the past decade, Africa has experienced an incredible boom […]

by × 30 January 2014 ×