My 2 cents on World Happiness Report 2017

On the first day of spring 2017, the day of Nawroz, they have produced a report on happiness and called it World Happiness Report only to say that the developing, the poor, and the third world countries are also the unhappier countries. Are you serious? I am celebrating this Nawruz in St. John's Newfoundland, Canada, … Continue reading My 2 cents on World Happiness Report 2017

Barcelona comeback, reality or fiction!?

Some stories are made in heaven. They are the kind of stories that start with once upon a time. They are the kind of stories that go down the history as legends because if they were told as events that happened, people just won't believe them. Unbelievable stories. Miraculous. In the history of soccer champions … Continue reading Barcelona comeback, reality or fiction!?

Chang yourself vs chang the world

There are many adages that urge change from within. Probably, the most memorable one is by Gandhi, "you must be the change you wish to see in the world." Although very attractive, I find problematic for a number of reasons. First, it promotes individualism. These adages carry a notion that puts individuals at the center of the … Continue reading Chang yourself vs chang the world

Knowledge translation as an ongoing process

When I defended my PhD thesis, of course successfully, less or more, I felt more relieved of the burden than elated by the accomplishment. On the one hand, there were all these congratulatory messages from family and friends, on the other hand, I had a sense of emptiness. Though I had a job offer as … Continue reading Knowledge translation as an ongoing process

Quality health care services as a social determinant of health

When I explain social determinants of health to people, the first reaction I get is 'Okay, that is very intuitive.' It makes sense if you are in poverty, your chances are that you will get sick more often than those who are not. So, what to do about. When I try to offer a solution … Continue reading Quality health care services as a social determinant of health

Sustainability requires shared understanding and responsibility

Sustainability of health programs requires stakeholder at all levels to share the different meanings of sustainability and the responsibility for it, a paper recently published on Sustainability of Community Health Workers Program in Afghanistan.  To understand the various perspectives on sustainability, I interviewed 63 key informants and conducted 11 focus groups at policy, management and administration, … Continue reading Sustainability requires shared understanding and responsibility