Commit suicide? Watch your language

Speaking of suicide again, have you thought about the way we talk about it? We say commit suicide. I have done it too. One of my students in an online discussion raised this excellent point regarding the way we frame people into conditions through the use of our language. I want to quote her here, "saying a... Continue Reading →

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 →

Have you thought of suicide?

Have you ever thought of suicide? I am not talking about committing suicide, I am talking about suicide as a mental health problem. Now, when someone commits suicide, the public judgment is to blame the victim. They could be called weak, coward, crazy or mental. Guess what, the world we live in creates at least... Continue Reading →

Chang yourself vs change 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 →

Addressing the root cause – poverty

In early 2016, I wrote a composite story of a boy who broke the cycle of poverty in rural Afghanistan. The story's goal was to show how someone could break out of poverty, how long would it take, and how much effort was required. To give you a broader picture of the extent of poverty in Afghanistan,... Continue Reading →

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 →

Changing ‘That Won’t Work Here’

By Laura Kennedy, Pablo Navarro & MED6288 Policy & Decision-Making Class 2016 Canada’s health care system seems to be in a perpetual state of review and restructuring, posturing and promising, hoping for change that is glacial in pace if it happens at all. For the past twenty years, the country has wrestled with how to... Continue Reading →

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