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As Ebola Leaves West Africa, Why Are Resources Leaving Too?

Vishal Khetpal | Posted 10.22.2016 | Impact
Vishal Khetpal

Tremendous progress has been undoubtedly made in the fight against Ebola, but has the world done enough to address today's diseases endemic to the region, such as malaria, or tomorrow's next infectious contagion? I am not so sure.

Why We Must Raise Children Who Care About the Welfare of Animals

Lori Day | Posted 07.02.2016 | Parents
Lori Day

I think that what destroys me when I look at this image is the depth of despair of the bear who cannot understand his circumstances and will never escape them, and remembering that I saw bears just like this one during my childhood.

Today's GOP: Too Much 'Rand' and Not Enough 'Paul'

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The GOP and its allies on the far right have been engaged in a prolonged campaign of hysteria-mongering designed to convince the American people that Social Security's disability insurance program is riddled with fraud.

Plague Plots: Dispatches from Sinclair Lewis

Joseph Cooper | Posted 02.03.2015 | Home
Joseph Cooper

Can a novel's depictions of healthcare workers in a plague-ravaged land inform our thinking about the lives of those who try to save lives?

Ebola: Be a Healer

Rev. Galen Guengerich | Posted 01.11.2015 | Religion
Rev. Galen Guengerich

We have the staff, the stuff, the space and the systems to confront this pestilence here and we should do everything we can to ensure that the people of West Africa have them there -- as quickly as possible.

Ebola Does Not Need to Be a Death Sentence

Paul Farmer | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Farmer

The Ebola outbreak currently devastating West Africa threatens the lives of not just those infected with the virus, but all who require medical care, whether treatment for malaria or prenatal care for a healthy pregnancy.

The Lesson Ebola Can Teach Us

Walker Bragman | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Walker Bragman

I am just going to say it: the Ebola outbreak reaching the United States is a teachable moment. Not only is It proof that human beings are all in this life-on-earth-thing together, but it is also proof that we need to start aggressively treating health care as a human right.

Why Bother Trying to Change the World?

Ethan Casey | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
Ethan Casey

Like establishing a garden or writing a book, building a patio in an uncertain world is an exercise in enlisting the passage of time to advantage: an act of faith.

Every Mother Counts in Haiti

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 10.28.2013 | Impact
Christy Turlington Burns

Even though Haitian women are considered the "poto mitan"-- the "central pillars" of the family and their communities -- they are often the most underserved members of already poor communities.

DoGooder Spotlight: Transforming Haiti, One Job at a Time

Marc Ozburn | Posted 09.10.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

Since 1000jobsHaiti essentially builds businesses in a foreign country, its aid strategy can be difficult to initially implement. However, the organization is making progress daily with patience and persistence.

Why Everyone Should Celebrate Jim Yong Kim's Election as President of the World Bank

Leslie Gerwin | Posted 06.25.2012 | Home
Leslie Gerwin

This is a moment for Americans to recognize what Dr. Kim's work teaches us -- economic health depends upon healthy people and healthy communities.

Breaking Glass Ceiling Against Compassionate Expertise, Obama Taps Jim Yong Kim to Lead World Bank

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.23.2012 | Home
Robert Naiman

President Obama has nominated Jim Yong Kim, a physician who has been a leader of efforts to extend access to health care in poor countries, to lead the World Bank. This is a huge, historic victory for justice.

Paul Farmer Speaks At Wesleyan | Posted 07.23.2011 | College

"Keep the habits of critical analysis you've learned at Wesleyan. This may sound like an austere and overly-sober message," said Dr. Paul E. Farmer. "...

What If the Rich Were off the Grid?

Carl Pope | Posted 06.16.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

It's intriguing to look at the debate about clean, low-carbon electricity through the lens of health.

The F Word: Haiti's Hurricane Struggles

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Turning away from the U.S. elections for a moment, we can find plenty of places suffering not from a hurricane of campaign cash, but from actual hurri...

CGI 2010: Cancer -- the Developing World's 'Time Bomb'

Jane Wales | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jane Wales

Of all the pressing issues confronting the developing world, cancer gets comparatively short shrift. And yet, a majority of new cancer diagnoses come from developing countries.

An Inside Look at the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rahim Kanani

"Companies increasingly understand that social responsibility is part and parcel of what makes a market leader in the 21st century, and that makes our Annual Meeting a "must attend" forum for top CEOs."

Henry Louis Gates, Paul Farmer, And Other Harvard Profs Suggest Summer Reading Picks For Undergrads

The Harvard Crimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

While most high school students are assigned a list of books to read over the summer, undergraduates aren't required to do much at all during the summ...

Jennifer Beals: What a Feeling!

Tamar Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tamar Abrams

Jennifer Beals is the iconic symbol of the 1980s -- big hair, leg warmers and a feline body, star of Flashdance. But the Jennifer Beals of 2010 has morphed into an activist.

Promises, Promises -- What It Will Take to Rebuild Haiti

Dr. Joia Mukherjee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Joia Mukherjee

Overall, March 31 was a very good day for Haiti, with one very big caveat: now pledges and principles have to be translated into concrete, effective, and sustained action.

Haiti: From The Ground Up

Patrick Duplat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Patrick Duplat

From removing rubble to providing shelter, protecting women from sexual violence to providing employment, rebuilding Haiti requires a wide range of actors who must learn to work with each other.

Why Conservative Christians So Often Fail the Common Good (Part I)

Richard T. Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
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Richard T. Hughes

Why do so many evangelical and fundamentalist Christians so often disregard two requirements that are central to the bible and to the teachings of Jesus: peacemaking and justice for the poor?

Help Send 120,000 Solar Lights to Health Teams in Haiti

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Anne Dilenschneider

Two of the most highly regarded health care nonprofits in Haiti are making an urgent plea for 120,000 lights to assist them in giving medical attention to those dispersed in the rural areas.

St. Damien's in Haiti: A Calm Admist the Storm?

Maria Bello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Maria Bello

St. Damien's is the calm in the midst of a storm, though lack of medication is still a huge problem here. Amputations are commonplace, and could have been avoided with quicker medical attention.

Why the US Owes Haiti Billions -- The Briefest History

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bill Quigley

The current crisis is an opportunity for people in the US to own up to our country's history of dominating Haiti and to make a truly just response.