What's Killing Us: A Practical Guide to Understanding Our Biggest Global Health Problems

What's Killing Us: A Practical Guide to Understanding Our Biggest Global Health Problems

Alanna Shaikh

Language: English

Pages: 75

ISBN: B007MAHLJ4

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


In the past decade, we’ve changed the way we collectively view the health of the 7 billion people who occupy this planet. Health issues were once seen as an isolated national or regional problem; now they are a global concern. In 'What's Killing Us: A Practical Guide to Understanding Our Biggest Global Health Problems,' 2011 TED Senior Fellow and health care expert Alanna Shaikh lays out the most important challenges and issues in global wellness - from tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS to flu, maternal mortality, and the diminishing effectiveness of antibiotics - while untangling the web of jargon that so often permeate those discussions. Shaikh, who also runs the international development focused-blog Blood and Milk, provides clear ideas about how these worldwide problems can be managed.

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healthier also improves their education and employment opportunities and eventually the national economy. Keeping moms alive does more than save a single woman from death; it saves entire families from mortality and illness. I chose these topics to get you interested, to let you watch the news and get a sense of what’s going on underneath the sound bites. Now go, please, and dig. Find your lever to move the world. Notes 1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Avian Influenza

while chronic and noncommunicable diseases are showing up in poor countries as the lifestyles of the poor change. Poor people increasingly live in cities, not rural areas. They may live in middle-income countries. And they have access to the fruits of globalization: greasy fast food, cheap alcohol and tobacco. The old-school diseases of the wealthy world are increasingly prevalent in poor and middle-income countries. Asthma, obesity and diabetes are shaping up to be serious problems in city

will probably rise soon. While there are simple ways to avoid infections like HIV (use a condom; don’t have sex), there is no easy way to avoid TB. It’s transmitted through the air, and you can’t exactly stop breathing. Tuberculosis spreads fastest in crowded conditions: in a city or on an airplane, for example. The bacterium’s ability to spread rapidly and its affinity for crowds mean that TB isn’t going to stay a disease of the poor if it gets harder to cure. It will be a disease of all of

will probably rise soon. While there are simple ways to avoid infections like HIV (use a condom; don’t have sex), there is no easy way to avoid TB. It’s transmitted through the air, and you can’t exactly stop breathing. Tuberculosis spreads fastest in crowded conditions: in a city or on an airplane, for example. The bacterium’s ability to spread rapidly and its affinity for crowds mean that TB isn’t going to stay a disease of the poor if it gets harder to cure. It will be a disease of all of

in global health care while untangling the web of jargon and acronyms that so often permeate those discussions. The issues I’ve chosen — which cover both specific diseases as well as situations that damage health — are admittedly subjective. They aren't necessarily the most discussed or the most deadly. I don’t write specifically about cigarettes, or cancer, or automobile accidents, even though they are all major killers. I don’t write about cholera or scarlet fever, even though they have been

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