Archive for the Health & Wellness Category

The Need for Sustainable Energy

As climate change is starting to become an even greater issue on the national and global stage, many leaders and policymakers have been pushing toward adopting more sustainable energy practices. In particular, India’s solar capacity addition for 2019 is said to set a record. This addition is supposed to add an estimated 16 gigawatts of clean energy, and this is driven chiefly by large-scale solar projects. India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, set forth a target […]

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Empowering Women: The Pad Project

A short documentary about menstruation has made history. Period. End of Sentence is now an Oscar-winning short documentary concerning serious global public health issue—access to feminine hygiene products. Period. End of Sentence shines a light on the quiet revolution started by women in a rural village outside of Delhi. Periods are a taboo subject in India. These women are fighting the stigma around menstruation. Access to feminine hygiene products, such as sanitary pads, are limited […]

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Malnutrition and the Impact on Health

Malnutrition is a public health issue affecting children under the age of five worldwide. 50% of the 10-11 million children under the age of 5 die each year from malnutrition and the preventable health consequences (Collins et al., 2006). Malnutrition is a result of inadequate nutrition to support growth and development of infants and young children. The absence of the essential macro and micronutrients such as protein-specific fats, vitamins and minerals contribute to maternal and […]

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Global Mental Health – a Hidden Health Crisis

According to globalcitizen.org, more than 13 million lives could be saved each year if mental health issues were properly funded (global citizen, 2018). Mental health has always been a global issue and it is not getting better. Why does mental health matter or what is the importance of having services for those in need? Research has shown that mental illness is a largely hidden health crisis and it is affecting a quarter of the global […]

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One Month In – Experiences on the Field

As I round out my first month here in India, I am starting to reflect on everything that I have and have not been able to accomplish so far. More than anything, I am eager to see the fruits of my labor in the work I am doing with Profugo, from engineering projects to English and more. One thing that has been strikingly clear from these few short weeks is that absolutely nothing ever goes […]

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