A Shift Towards NCDs?

Last week I had the privilege of attending the Global Health Council’s 38th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference focused on global demographic changes, which naturally result in a shift in the burden of disease as populations grow older. The key acronym of the week was “NCD,” or non-communicable diseases.  As someone who has […]



HIV/AIDS – 30 Years Later

AIDS turned 30 the June 5, 2011. At the same time, as if to commemorate it, a press release was issued by the HIV Prevention Trials Network saying that “men and women infected with HIV reduced the risk of transmitting the virus to their sexual partners through initiation of oral antiretroviral therapy (ART).” While this […]



Right to Food

The opposition party leader in Uganda, Besigye, has been organizing innovative protests in Kampala opposing high food and fuel prices in the last couple of months.  He encouraged people to walk to work to demonstrate their concern to the government, effectively causing some chaos and traffic jams in the streets.  He has been quite successful […]