Counting Us Out, How Half the Population is Getting Screwed Out of Their Health

Women and people assigned female at birth are getting screwed out of the healthy lives they deserve.

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Who cares about you, and whom do you care about? Every year billions of dollars are spent trying to figure out, just this. Why do you think the advertisements you see on Facebook are so accurate?  Every time you online shop or search products or services on Google, measurements are being made like how long…

How many doctors does it take to cure the world?

How do we take the pulse of global health? It is impossible to perform a physical on everyone in the world, and once you did the data would be out of date. Yet, we have access to data on various health conditions, which often provide information such as the number of people affected by disease…

If you don’t like the answer, change it: and measurements of health

Last semester, I sat in a lecture with a handful of high ranking international development types who were all sharing with us the future impacts and directions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One of them, who criticized these goals mentioned how the UN had changed the method of measuring the progress of the Millennium Development…

A Matter of Life and Death: Putting Health Problems on a Scale

In the beginning (prior to the 1990s), there was a whole mess of data on health and the world. Demographers checked to see who died when, but didn’t care about the why. Epidemiologists watched and tried to stop illness as it spread through the masses, but were uninterested in the overall health of the country. Health agencies looked…

Should Disability Be Compared to Death?

Scientists behind the Global Burden of Disease point out key problems with how global health data is collected, but their solution may create more problems when it comes to disability.