One of the great markers of maturity is an appreciation for complexity. Although I'm of Somali descent, I did most of my growing up in Nairobi and London. As the years zipped by, the lens of my identity also zoomed out to encompass my sexuality as an out and proud gay man.
A few days ago, Google announced that it will donate $2 for every $1 people donate to nonprofits such as Médecins Sans Frontières and Save the Children in the fight against Ebola. As well-intentioned as this campaign might be, short-lived charity donations are not what is necessary to successfully eradicate the Ebola virus.
On a personal note, the past 10 years was about the joys of working as a yoga and meditation teacher at UCLA and saving for my journey to South Africa.
As an eternal optimist, I look at Ebola as an opportunity. This is the world's chance to partake in a massive paradigm shift where attention is given to issues before they become catastrophic.
"Connect the Dots" is an electronic reporting-tool that enables near real-time monitoring of essential stocks and data on certain notifiable or outbreak diseases, starting with Malaria initiative.
If we had not taken the time to have our ambassadors deliver lights in person, taking the time to get to know the families and communities, we would have lost something. This was only possible through the human interaction.
Being born into poverty is more than just the circumstance of not having enough money to buy food or other material items, it is about not understanding why a clear glass of water can cause a child to die of diarrhea or why disease is not caused by spirits.
The award-winning Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina is many things to many people. For some, including me, he is simply one of the most imaginative and gifted writers at work today. For others, and again I include myself in this list, he is a pan-African cultural hero.
Many have decried the international response as deplorably slow. As a result, the consequences are jarring. The biggest lament is the obvious and horrific death toll. Along with a sick, dying and orphaned population, the crippling fear of being infected has rippling consequences on the affected countries and beyond.
Adventurer, TV personality and author Ben Fogle tells us about his most memorable encounters across the globe, ahead of the latest series of Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild.
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Despite their relative lack of formal political and economic authority, women are vital to conflict resolution and sustainable peace building worldwide.
Grant is an example for me, and for us all, of someone who sought out a problem and then took it upon himself to fix it, build awareness and see it through until the bitter end. I wish I was more like Grant. I wish we all were a bit more like Grant.
It is at this moment, in the face of the ever-spreading Ebola virus, that the risk of proliferation of counterfeit medications should be paramount on our minds.
At long last, China is stepping up to the plate and contributing to the fight against Ebola, though some may wonder whether it is too little, too late. For years, China has sought to extract Africa's raw resources at the expense of human rights and the environment.