Reader Response: We Either Give Life Or We Take It

Written by Dr. Mahsheed Khajavi, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Florida State University

I think the most important word is "vulnerable." While reading this, I was thinking about the fundamental lack of acknowledgement  of each woman’s humanity. Perhaps the more appropriate word is simply humanity. While spoken language is often a barrier, there is an alternative, a universal language: smiling, holding a hand, sitting down and touching an arm, a cup of tea or glass of water…something to say, “You are not alone here. I am with you.”


Going Through It Alone

Written by Asaad Traina '18

This week I began my rotation at the Hospital Universitario Maternidad Nuestro Senora de la Altagracia, (HUMNSA) a public tertiary care hospital in Santo Domingo specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Treating mainly high-risk patients, HUMNA serves as the referral center for all other public OB/GYN hospitals in the country. This  hospital’s large size and comparative lack of resources makes it a very different setting from that of the Cardiology Hospital where I was prior. Although there were several open beds on the Labor and Delivery inpatient unit, the resident informed me that this was a very low census for them, and that there are up to three women sharing a bed during  the busiest times.

Ethical Dilemmas in Global Health: Gender and Culture

Written by Dr. Stephen Winters, and Dr. Robert Kalyesubula, Founder of the African Community Center for Social Sustainability, Nakaseke, Uganda

From a series of discussions about ethical dilemmas in global health, with responses from one global health leader in the Global South and one in the Global North. Please leave us your feedback in the comments section below, and send us ethical dilemmas you would like to see discussed.


Written by Tendai Machingaidze, medical student studying in Russia who helped support UVMLCOM/WCHN global health participants in Zimbabwe

Having been an international student for the past seventeen years, I think about home a lot. In Shona, the concept of “kumusha” encompasses the ties that bind us to a specific portion of the earth, and the families and communities that formed us. Regardless of our physical location in the world, these roots determine who we are at our core, and who we will become.