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Maternal Age Matters: for a lifetime, and longer

Maternal age matters—for the mother's own health and survival, for her child's well-being throughout his or her lifetime, and even longer if the well-described intergenerational cycle of growth failure continues into the next generation, according to a recent article published in The Lancet Global Health[1]

Photograph by Stephanie Sinclair.

How To Overcome the Disappointment of Not Receiving This Year's Nobel Prize for Medicine

Thirty-two times in a row now I've failed to win the Nobel Prize. Each year I have to swallow the same bitter medicine. These Nobel Prizes celebrate the extraordinary achievements of extraordinary people and they show me how worm-like I am in comparison. But there is a way to overcome this. If you, like I, have the post-Nobel blues, then this article might help.

Confessions of a Giving What We Can member - how the pledge saves lives

Unlike most hobbies and pastimes picked up in my university years, Giving What We Can has become a bigger part of my life over time. I first learnt of the organization when, as a frustrated medical student, I was browsing the web looking for a forum or community which would empathise with how I felt about the world. Even though I was studying to be a doctor, I felt that there was so much more I could be doing with my time and money that could actually save lives.

Explain like I'm five: Essential surgeries

This post is intended as a quick overview and primer on essential surgeries for those of us who care deeply about the relief of poverty in the developing world, but don’t actually know much about it.

A Statement from Giving What We Can

Extreme poverty is one of the worst ongoing disasters in the world today. Giving What We Can’s entire mission is predicated on recognising the substantial privileges that those of us fortunate enough to be born in the developed world enjoy, and using our relative wealth to make a meaningful and ongoing difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world. We recognise that we have a responsibility to conduct ourselves in a way that doesn’t essentialise, stereotype, or otherwise take away from the dignity of people who do live in extreme poverty.

The scourge of women's health you've never heard of

As many as 45 million women in the world, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa [1], suffer from a painful sexual health condition. This scourge of women’s health may cause bleeding and pain (especially during sexual intercourse) [2], decrease fertility [3], and make women more susceptible to STDs [4,5]. The lesions, often acquired in childhood, can and do persist through adult life [6, 7]. Yet this condition is fully preventable: all we need is a cultural shift towards valuing women’s lives everywhere in the world.

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