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2023 Year in Review


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2023 Year in Review2024-02-02T12:38:29-05:00

Earthquake in Afghanistan


On October 7th, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck western Afghanistan roughly 40 kilometers west of Herat City. The area experienced several aftershocks and another 6.3 magnitude quake just days later on October 11th. The quakes have caused massive destruction across several districts with over 12,000 people affected, a number that is expected to rise. The epicenter of the quake, Zindajan district, is the worst affected with nearly 1,300 deaths, many more injuries, and 100 percent of homes destroyed. The United Nations (UN) Cluster System partners have so far assisted in the areas of emergency shelter and non-food items, food security [...]

Earthquake in Afghanistan2023-10-13T11:40:25-04:00

Earthquake in Morocco


September 12, 2023 - On September 8, 2023, a powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Morocco in the High Atlas mountains, about 71km (44 miles) southwest of Marrakesh. A city of roughly 840,000 people, Marrakesh and the surrounding area has been most impacted, with many homes and businesses collapsed and nearly 3,000 people killed at the latest count. The death toll is likely to increase as the full extent of the destruction becomes clearer. The impact to the country's health infrastructure is significant, as many clinics and hospitals have sustained structural damage and access to remote areas is contrained. The Global [...]

Earthquake in Morocco2023-09-12T16:36:13-04:00

MGH’s Center for Global Health stands in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community in Uganda


MGH Global Health’s core values drive us to advocate for better health outcomes for all, no matter where they live or how they identify. That is why we are in firm opposition to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill recently introduced in Uganda’s Parliament. The legislation would not only diminish Uganda’s commitment to protecting the right to health of its people, but it would violate multiple fundamental rights including freedom of expression, privacy, equality, and nondiscrimination. MGH’s Center for Global Health stands in strong support of the LGBTQ+ community in Uganda and those who remain committed to protecting fundamental freedoms and universal human [...]

MGH’s Center for Global Health stands in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community in Uganda2023-05-25T16:16:13-04:00

Earthquake in Turkey and Syria


At 4:17 AM local time on February 6, 2023, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake with a depth of 24 km struck the Pazarcik District of Kahramanmaraş Province in south-central Turkey, and significant aftershocks were felt throughout the region, including another large, 7.5 magnitude quake in southeastern Turkey just 11 minutes later. In the 10 days since the earthquake, Turkish authorities report over 35,000 fatalities, and the death toll in Syria is nearly 6,000. Sadly, these numbers will continue to increase as search and rescue efforts come to a close. Survivors have been left homeless, many having only what they were wearing [...]

Earthquake in Turkey and Syria2023-02-16T14:31:07-05:00

Performing Facial Reconstructive Surgery in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Interview with David Shaye, MD, MPH, FACS


Traumatic injuries account for more than five million annual deaths, roughly as many as HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. Ninety percent of these trauma-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries that often lack sufficient surgical staff or surgical tools to treat these injuries. For those that require complex facial reconstruction, the disparity in care can be even greater. David Shaye, MD, MPH, FACS In Boston, David Shaye, MD, MPH, FACS, uses innovative technologies and ample resources to perform procedures such as face lifts (rhytidectomies), rhinoplasties, and other facial surgeries in his role as facial plastics and reconstructive [...]

Performing Facial Reconstructive Surgery in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Interview with David Shaye, MD, MPH, FACS2022-05-31T11:33:04-04:00

A New Era in Global Psychiatric Care


When the World Health Organization labeled COVID-19 a pandemic in March 2020, researchers within the mental health community quickly began sound the alarm about a concurring silent pandemic: mental health illness. In Boston, Greg Fricchione, MD, and Guiseppe “Bepi” Raviola, MD, leaders of the MGH Chester M. Pierce Division of Global Psychiatry, have actively worked to position the division in response to the ensuing mental health crisis. Greg Fricchione, MD, (left) and Giuseppe Raviola, MD, (right) Even before the first case of COVID-19 was reported, the global burden of mental health illness was rising. In 2019, the World [...]

A New Era in Global Psychiatric Care2022-04-25T13:47:18-04:00
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