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Could a 'Star Trek' device solve the global healthcare crisis?

HuffPost Originals | Ishita Singh | Posted 12.04.2015 | Healthy Living

As global population soars, healthcare is reaching a crisis point: developing countries struggle with a lack of access while countries like the U.S. s...

Your Medical Expenses Are How Much? Uncovering the True Cost of Healthcare

Gayle Gatchalian | Posted 04.26.2015 | Impact
Gayle Gatchalian

While America remains roiled in a debate about the ins and outs of Obamacare, in much of the developing world, the health insurance issue transcends pithy media soundbites -- people struggle every day because they lack access to even the most basic health care.

All Health Care Is Local, Part 3: Tanzania

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Eric Silfen, M.D.

In the United States, obstetric fistula is virtually unknown. This isn't the case in in the developing world, where obstetric fistula affects more than two million poor women and girls, Some 50,000 to 100,000 new cases occur each year.

All Health Care Is Local, Part 2: Guatemala

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Eric Silfen, M.D.

The late Tip O'Neill, former speaker of the U.S. House, coined the phrase "all politics is local," by which he meant that politicians become successfu...

All Health Care Is Local, Part 1: Uganda

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Eric Silfen, M.D.

This groundbreaking technology is changing lives in Uganda. And it is affordable -- with a cost equivalent to about $1 per patient visit.

A Mother's Nutrition, Her Child's Future

Lucy Martinez Sullivan | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Lucy Martinez Sullivan

When we talk about ways the world can help end preventable child deaths, we have to pay greater attention to malnutrition--the cause of almost half of all deaths of children under age 5. But as we think about how to tackle the pervasive and deadly problem of child malnutrition, we have to put greater focus on the nutrition of mothers.

Let's Give All Kids the Opportunity for a Healthy Life

Dr. Jonathan D. Quick | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Dr. Jonathan D. Quick

Thirty years ago, I was a young physician practicing family medicine in rural Talihina, Oklahoma. We saw unusual cases, including snakebites and a man who survived a gunshot through the heart. But what I loved most was delivering babies - bringing new lives into the world and great joy to parents.

Child Mortality: Progress, Yes, But Much More to Do

Chris Herlinger | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Chris Herlinger

Seeing children suffer is a horrible constant in the world. More than a decade ago, on an assignment for Church World Service, I visited a displacement camp in Mashlak, outside of the city of Herat, Afghanistan, and saw large numbers of malnourished children, some of them dying from diarrhea.

On the Road to Zero: Ending Preventable Child Deaths

Marissa Miley | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Marissa Miley

On a June morning in 2012, international power brokers, doctors, and at least one Hollywood movie star came together at Georgetown University to make a promise to children around the world.

Achieving Universal Primary Education: Success Hinges on Investing in Girls

Tessie San Martin | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Tessie San Martin

Seventeen-year-old Meeson is a 10th grade student in Laos. She dreams of becoming a doctor and helping her community. But her sister's story is bleak: she was forced to drop out of school at age 14 to help support the family with money she earns as a laborer in a sewing factory.

Beyond Plugging the Dam: Building a Sustainable Solution to Health in Resource Limited Settings

Vanessa Kerry | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
Vanessa Kerry

Two weeks ago I stood in the Indian Treaty room of the Old Executive Office Building of the White House. In front of me stood 30 doctors and nurses reciting their oaths to become Global Health Service Partnership Volunteers and embarking on a life-changing experience in Africa.

Closing the Global Cancer Divide: Together It Is Possible

Dr. Jonathan D. Quick | Posted 04.05.2012 | Impact
Dr. Jonathan D. Quick

There have been four myths that have held back cancer care and control in developing countries. On this World Cancer Day, let's start a global pink revolution to replace the myths with truths and the complacency with action.