Topic: Asia

A man with a plan

[ Spring 2013 ] “Do I look like a man with a plan?” The slender young man with the radiant smile is mimicking a line from the villainous Joker in the second Batman movie. At first glance, the answer to his mischievous question is,…

Bridging a cultural divide

[Winter 2010] Are better tools needed to identify emotional distress in non-Western refugees? More than 17,000 Iraqi refugees arrived in the United States in 2009, carrying the deep physical and emotional scars of war. Many are widows with young children. Some have…

The art of getting things done

[ Spring/Summer 2012 ] On January 19, 2011, HSPH professor William Hsiao walked onto the podium in the well of the Vermont State House. Before him sat both chambers of the state legislature. Above him stood hundreds of onlookers in the observation…

Don't I know you from Chennai?

[Winter 2009] Reunited childhood friends share passion for helping kids In July, incoming MPH student Mohan Sundararaj was settling into an orientation session at the Harvard School of Public Health when a familiar face popped out of the crowd. "It hit me…

Saving lives in the heat of battle

[ Fall 2011 ] Christian Benjamin, MD, MPH ’96 and Michael McCarten, DO, MPH ’99  are delivering evidence-based military medicine in Afghanistan Medics roll a badly wounded U.S. soldier into the military hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He has lost both legs to…

Globalization's permanent underclass

[ Spring 2013 ] The medieval system of bonded labor traps millions of workers worldwide for life. In a thatched hut in Bihar, India, amid agricultural fields and brick kilns where his children and grandchildren toiled away, an elderly man with shaking hands prepared…

Training China's public health leaders

AGENTS OF CHANGE Participants in the China Senior Health Executive Training Program (including Ge LiJun, deputy director general of the Ministry of Health's Department of International Cooperation, above left) were eager to share their views on the United States health care system through…

HSPH students study health reform in China

JOURNEY OF 17,000 MILES Watching the earthquake-ravaged Sichuan region's public health system rebuild is now an integral part of HSPH's Field Study on Health Systems Reforms, an annual three-week course that is led each January by Yuanli Liu (with a survivor, above). Consistently…

Obesity in China portends a diabetic disaster

[ Spring 2009 ] Like a runaway train, type 2 diabetes is speeding through many rapidly developing countries, including China. Could a seemingly simple change in diet—from white rice to brown rice—slow the spread of this disease? Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) hope…

Off the cuff: The turning point in the AIDS epidemic

[ Spring 2013 ] Ten years ago, President George W. Bush launched a $15 billion international program to fight AIDS—the largest public health initiative in history dedicated to a single disease. The School’s Phyllis Kanki spearheaded HSPH’s application to the President’s Emergency Plan for…