Helen Epstein is a writer specializing in public health and an adjunct professor at Bard College. She has advised numerous organizations, including the United States Agency for International Development, the World Bank, Human Rights Watch, and UNICEF. She is the author of The Invisible Cure: Why We Are Losing the Fight Against AIDS in Africa and has contributed articles to many publications, including The New York Review of Books and The New York Times Magazine.
Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children by Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner
Dreams from the Monster Factory: A Tale of Prison, Redemption and One Woman’s Fight to Restore Justice to All by Sunny Schwartz, with David Boodell
Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population by Matthew Connelly
Reproducing Inequities: Poverty and the Politics of Population in Haiti by M. Catherine Maternowska, with a foreword by Paul Farmer
The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story by Richard Preston
Federal Bodysnatchers and the New Guinea Virus: People, Parasites, Politics by Robert S. Desowitz
Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health Laurie Garrett
Dying for Growth: Global Inequality and the Health of the Poor edited by Jim Yong Kim, Joyce V. Millen, Alec Irwin, and John Gershman
Poverty, Inequality, and Health edited by David A. Leon and Gill Walt
Florence Nightingale: Avenging Angel by Hugh Small
Public Health and Social Justice in the Age of Chadwick: Britain 1800–1854 by Christopher Hamlin
Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer by Barbara Dossey
The River: A Journey to the Source of HIV and AIDS by Edward Hooper
Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce by Douglas Starr
Unhealthy Societies: The Afflictions of Inequality by Richard G. Wilkinson
Healthy Work: Stress, Productivity, and the Reconstruction of Working Life by Robert Karasek, by Töres Theorell
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: A Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping by Robert M. Sapolsky
The Power of Clan: The Influence of Human Relationships on Heart Disease by Stewart Wolf, by John G. Bruhn
Uganda’s president claims he signed an anti-gay bill into law because there is no evidence that homosexuality is determined by a person’s genes. But my own research suggests homosexuality, and all sexual preference for that matter, is probably at least partly genetic.
Mistreatment by the government is nothing new in Ethiopia, an essentially one-party state in which virtually all human rights activity and independent media is banned. But what makes the latest case particularly outrageous is that the Ethiopian government may be using World Bank money—some of which comes from US taxpayers—to finance it.
The Obama administration is turning its back on Africa’s most promising and important nonviolent human rights campaign since the anti-apartheid struggle.
The killings in Pakistan this week of nine members of a Polio vaccination team were heinous. But they also point to some serious problems with a UN-led campaign to eradicate Polio.
When I first visited South Africa in 2000 to report on the AIDS epidemic there, one adult in five was HIV positive, and a million children had lost one or both parents to the disease. But what really amazed me was that no one was talking about this. Silence gripped the nation like a spell. People with obvious AIDS symptoms told me they were suffering from “ulcers” or “tuberculosis” or “pneumonia.” Orphans said their parents had “gone away” or had been “bewitched” by a jealous neighbor. Now, five courageous teenagers from a Cape Town slum have made a fifteen-minute film called Young Carers: Through Our Eyes about what it’s like to lose a parent to AIDS. It’s one of the most powerful films about the epidemic I’ve ever seen.
During the Cold War, Western nations supported numerous African tyrants who brutalized their own people and held economic and social development back for decades. This did our international reputation no good, and helped create some of the most serious foreign policy problems we face today. Now it seems, we are doing it again in Uganda.