"The real story about Ebola in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone is that these three countries, after two decades of civil war and/or internal turmoil, have invested inordinate proportions of their budgets into placating, reforming, and shoring up their security forces and almost nothing in health sectors that were already decimated by years of war and neglect. Those were priorities shared by their donor partners. The U.S. invested hundreds of millions of dollars in reforming the Liberian Army, undoubtedly a worthy and important undertaking, but only a fraction as much on the health sector. It is under these conditions that a military cordoning off of affected areas becomes the preferred form of public health intervention. When you have a lot of relatively well-equipped soldiers and a small number of poorly-equipped doctors and nurses, you go with your soldiers."
"Americans eat bushmeat, though we call it “game.” Thus “bushmeat” is to “game” as “hut” is to “house.” But that is a linguistic move that participates in the semiotics of denigration. What I am more interested in is that some of the animals eaten in West Africa—monkeys, dogs, pangolins, bats—inspire feelings of disgust. Other animals—boar, duiker (small deer), wild birds and tortoises—do not."
"…our “incompatible desires to do what other people have not yet done, and to be just like everyone else,”…"
"Here’s hoping the NFL finds a charitable talent for the Super Bowl halftime show—or that they realizing refusing to pay artists, which is a common theme as well for those commissioning designers, studio musicians, writers, editors and the like as well, is not only unethical, but also bad for our ears."
"“A key issue in the fight against Ebola after the provision of the necessary human and technical infrastructure is information management,” said Tochuwu Akunyii, an online writer on public policy and international development. “In information management, the dissemination of accurate information is crucial; social media can be vital in this process.” Akunyii pays particular tribute to Nigerian youth and its use of forums and platforms like Twitter and Facebook."
"At 67 million users, Nigeria reportedly has the eighth largest Internet population in the world. It also had close to 166 million mobile subscribers as of June. (The country’s population is 175 million.) With so many Nigerians online, portals like ebolalert.org set up by volunteer doctors, and the public/private ebolafacts.com initiative, have become important channels to provide accurate information to help people stay safe. They complement telephone hotlines and more traditional public health approaches."
"…cuando los funcionarios de salud en Colorado, Estados Unidos, presentaron un DIU de bajo costo a las jóvenes con alto riesgo de embarazo: la tasa de embarazo juvenil del estado disminuyó un 40%."
"As Granfield and Cloud point out, the biggest factor aiding people in recovery from drug addiction with or without treatment is their “social capital”—their life resources"
"No amount of window dressing (for that is surely what the HeForShe campaign amounts to, given its entire breadth seems to be asking men to click a button and download a twibbon) is going to change the systemic global oppression that results in women’s degradation, subjugation and death in persistently high numbers. And it isn’t, as some have suggested, “tearing another woman down” to want to discuss that reality."
"It’s telling that a second speech delivered by the UN Women director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has received little to no traction, and not just because she lacks the star power of a well intentioned celebrity. Mlambo-Ngcuka’s speech made no secret of what violence and gender oppression looked like for women, nor which group - men - was overwhelmingly responsible for causing it. Yet none of the facts or chilling statistics referenced by Mlambo-Ngcuka have even been incorporated in the HeForShe website, which is a confusing mess of meaningless platitudes and simplistic quotes."