Global Focus

From the Nobel Prize to THE Nobel Prize

Every year in october the world turns to Sweden for Nobel Prize announcements but what made the nobel prize so prestigious?

On November 27th, 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his will, which would eventually give life to one of the most famous and important awards in history, setting the standard for other awards (e.g. Lasker Prize – the American Nobel, Shaw Foundation Award – the Asian Nobel Prize). But it did not begin this way, Nobel was rich but despised. So how ...

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I give a Shit – World Toilet Day on 19th of November

26 09 2016 Foto de los caganers de Hillary Owama y Trump

The World Toilet Organization (yes, there is one)  wants you to count how many times a day you go to the bathroom. Feeling awkward? By Tatiana Alvarez Giovannucci Defecation is one of many naturally occurring physiological processes that despite being essential are tabooed from our early childhood. Our reluctance to talk openly about toilets and other private matters not only affects ...

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Global Mental Health

The convergence of a historic conflict would hopefully lead to developments By Ronan McCabe The cliché of globalisation has harkened to the dawn of a new age in Global Health. Once restricted to the area of infectious, or communicable, diseases other areas of affliction have since come to the fore. One of the most recent and underrepresented is that of ...

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Hans Rosling on Why We Should Care About Global Health

By Gustaf Drevin MY FIRST MEETING WITH PROFESSOR Hans Rosling included a nervous handshake and a stuttering “You are such a source of inspiration.” He answered by reflex: “Well, I hope someday I become a source of knowledge.” I walked away, silenced. Embarrassed. Ashamed even. I had become a groupie. He does not desire a rock-star status. He is a ...

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In the shadow of war

Life under occupation    By  Radek J. Góra Konstiantynivka is the last stop for all trains coming from Kiev. Likewise, it is an easternmost town under Ukrainian government control. Areas to the east from this settlement are run by the separatists, aiming for revival of Novorossiya – a historical land to the north of the Black Sea. Among the supporters of ...

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Conservation, Classrooms and Condoms

Why are conservation charities concerning themselves with contraceptives? By Emily Clark Facing global challenges of climate change, population growth, ongoing unsustainable resource use, and limited funding, sustainable development needs to be efficient and effective. With this in mind, environmental conservation organisations are implementing family planning projects, and charities traditionally known for their work in sexual and reproductive health are partnering ...

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A Library to Lift Up a Community

“A Fundraising Campaign for a Developing Community”   By Joana Dias / Photo Credits: ©PCE Foundation   Pearl Community Empowerment (PCE) Foundation is a non-governmental organization that aims to enhance knowledge and skills within rural communities in Uganda. This Foundation is relentlessly working in Amor Village in order to, among other projects, construct a Community Library and Meeting Hall, to be used ...

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Climate Change threatens Asia’s Booming Cities

By James Salisi While global economic power is projected to shift to Asia in the next 35 years its megacities face the risk of climate change. Bangkok, Dhaka, Guan­gzhou, Ho Chi Minh City, Kolkata, Manila, Mumbai, Shanghai, and Yangon are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). These cities are located in ...

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