52 eye-opening global health videos on youtube


Whether you are new to public health or a seasoned expert, these videos will likely teach you things you never knew and inspire you to take on the world.


It’s HERE! National Public Health Week!

Woooo! Check out the cool events this week!

State of the Planet

On March 25: Look for a state of the union address unlike any other–State of the Planet 2010.

A biennial conference, hosted by the Earth Institute and The Economist, watch the world’s most influential and innovative thinkers tackle critical issues facing the world including: climate change, poverty, economic recovery and international systems.

Clearly all these issues greatly affect public health (a topic of  import to PHC), but this post will place focus particularly on poverty.

A short list of infectious diseases, treatable with inexpensive generic drugs, accounts for 70-90% of all childhood illness and death in the developing world — a truly appalling statistic.

These enormous global health disparities cause thousands of global citizens—sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers—to die each day from diseases for which cures were discovered decades ago. Such deaths do not come from disease as much as from complacency: killed by conditions that could be prevented with simple, affordable remedies: vaccinations, bednets, anti-malarials, hand sanitizer and antibiotics.

Disease has practically become an accepted part of life in impoverished communities, yet treatments are available for less than a cup of coffee. So what can be done?

Here is a list of some of the more innovative approaches to improve health or reduce costs for the poorest of the poor:

Selling to the poor: Social enterprises likes HealthStore Foundation attempt to use market mechanisms to create a private alternative for sustainable access to low-cost, high-quality medications.

Health Impact Fund: Yale’s own Thomas Pogge is leading the charge to radically change Pharma’s global IP policies by incentivizing R&D expenditure that would address substantial reductions in global burden of disease.

PATH‘s Malaria Vaccine Initiative: Funded by the Gates Foundation, a collaborative effort to create a whole new type of vaccine will save millions of lives.

The Power of the Text: FrontlineSMS:Medic leverages the power of the cell phone to save lives in developing countries.

charity:water: No one brings clean drinking water to people in developing nations better than CW. 100% of proceeds go to fund water projects.

Article on Global Citizenship


Global Health Pie!

Check out “More Pie,” a two-minute, fun film about global health funding! I wrote, directed, and edited this video while interning at Physicians for Human Rights during summer 2009.

Policy makers, NGOs, and activists often discuss whether US funding for global health disproportionately supports HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. They pit HIV/AIDS funding against support for other diseases, such as malaria, cancer, or TB (for an example, take a look at this Boston Globe Op-Ed). These diseases should not be portrayed competing for funding! The conversation should turn to how we can increase funding for all of them in order to build comprehensive health systems.

“More Pie” tries to make the global health funding debate accessible and understandable, helping catalyze advocacy efforts. Check out the video and share it with your friends!

World AIDS Day

I thought I would share two things to help commemorate this year’s World AIDS Day.

First, a great video from avert.org:

Second, an Opinions piece I had in the Yale Daily News regarding World AIDS Day.

Global Health Leadership Initative a Success!

Check out Lauren Taylor and Betsy Bradley’s article in the Huffington Post about the GHLI conference.

Here at Yale, the Global Health Leadership Institute is working to usher in this new era of global health work. From June 14-19, healthcare leaders from five countries will come together to learn with academic leaders in health management and grand strategy about what it means to be a part of this new generation of global healthcare leadership. Each delegation will arrive with a specific health system challenge that is a current priority for the country. The Conference design features include team-based learning, community-building using principles from organizational psychology and experiential problem-solving, and adequate time for group reflection. If successful, all delegations will leave with a clearer plan for addressing their countries’ challenges and a new understanding about “what works” and what doesn’t in developing effective leadership.

Does anyone have any good photos to post on the blog?