We must learn from responses to such epidemics in the past if we are to succeed today. Such lessons will be difficult to craft, requiring expertise in culture as well as medicine, but need to be integral parts of our global response.
A Malibu mother of two teenagers is walking straight into one of the most dangerous situations in the world.
Within Africa is a yearning, a dream and an understanding that Africa is a giant, waiting to wake up and shake up the world. Over a billion people and growing stronger by day, and unparalleled resources.
Economic inequality in South Africa is now greater than it was even during the days of apartheid, and gender violence is rampant. So these are the new agendas of a new generation: economic liberation and gender equality, with a commitment to lead on both in the churches.
From a young age I understood that humans were infinitely powerful, but that some had less access to resources, inhibiting them from bringing their full potential to life.
With 10 days on the ground in southern Africa, we began our trip with a safari not in Chobe or Kruger, but in Zambia's South Luangwa. It's home to a rich set of flora and fauna, and also the origin of the walking safari.
Happy birthday to South Africa's freedom fighter Ahmed Kathrada! "Kathy" -- as he's well known there -- turned a robust 85-years-old on August 21. He is the premiere guide and custodian of the history of infamous Robben Island, where he and Nelson Mandela were unjustly imprisoned for 18 years.
In remote districts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone correct information and education is desperately needed, but messages essential to stopping Ebola's spread are not reaching those who need to hear them.
"If peace comes, we will go home," she says, wiping sweat from her brow. "We will rebuild our tukuls [homes] and send our children to school. If [peace does not come] we will stay here, because we have nowhere to go."
Through all of the incredible ups and downs that comprise the busy lives we lead, take the time to look out the window. Remember the things that made you happy or sad, the things that moved you.
The problem is not that Obama is a shrinking violet on the international scene, it is that the American public and media are so accustomed to their government pulling the trigger (or aiding others in doing so) at the slightest potential for an international problem.
Africa has the potential not only to feed its own people, but also to ensure food security around the world. A new era is unfolding in Africa's agricultural sector. Driving this change is innovation, led by Africans themselves.
I was raised Catholic, but have followed Buddhism most of my adult life. People buying ivory have a right to know that their purchase is causing incredible trauma.
Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US is cooler than normal, but the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, which is hotter than normal.
In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...
There are some that count down the days until autumn, snatching up sweaters and cardigans, scouring Frye's new line of boots and eagerly awaiting the return of pumpkin spiced lattes (signifying that fall is close behind).