Overcoming Obstacles to Treatment for the Hearing Impaired in Kenya

  There are approximately 30 million adults and 6.8 million children who are hearing impaired in Sub-Saharan Africa. Unfortunately, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is a critical lack of well-trained hearing professionals and health workers available to deliver hearing diagnoses and treatments. Sadly, most hearing loss is preventable. In Kenya, over 600.000…

Worm Wars: Is Deworming Project Helping African Children?

  Over the past few decades, the World Health Organization has conducted large-scale prophylactic deworming of  school children in developing nations in an attempt to eliminate the devastating health effects of intestinal parasites. Because it’s not considered cost effective to test for worms before treating, organizations have simply treated all school-age children in high infection…

Last Mile Health

  Last Mile Health is a charitable organization that saves lives in the most remote villages in Liberia. This organization recruits, trains, equips, supervises, and pays  community health workers to deliver quality health care directly to the doorsteps of people living in these remote regions. According to Last Mile Health’s mission, all community health workers…

United Nations Addresses Issue of Drug-Resistant Diseases

  The United Nations has entered the discussion on the issue of drug-resistant diseases, which are believed responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths every year. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in fact referred to antimicrobial resistance as a “fundamental threat” to global health at a recent UN General Assembly meeting. Officials at the recent meeting…

Vitiligo – The “Michael Jackson Disease”

Vitiligo, a.k.a. the “Michael Jackson disease,” affects around 0.5-1% of the world’s population. Most commonly reported in India, where an estimated 8.8% of the population suffer from some form of the disease, this non-treatable skin condition is caused by the depigmentation of the skin. The condition causes one’s body to suffer from “milky” patches throughout…