A Student’s Observations on the State of Maternal Care in India


As the second most populous country in the world, India struggles to provide universal healthcare with an infrastructure that has not kept pace with its economic growth and expanding population. With limited resources, physicians are spread thin and standards of health are low. As a result, the wealthy opt for private healthcare and receive world-class medical attention while the majority subsists on the most minimal treatments. These limitations, in combination with a traditional male-dominated culture, leave women with little freedom of choice when it comes to treatment of their bodies. This gender inequality in healthcare is amplified by a lack of education of family planning strategies. After spending a month shadowing physicians in both private and public hospitals in India, I saw first hand the shortcomings of the Indian health system, particularly in relation to women’s health. Despite the obvious need to repair public healthcare, overpopulation and government corruption prevent improvements in the healthcare infrastructure.

Can It Be Any Hotter?


In this short piece, Samuel Enumah of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine details a specific and personal experience from a visit to a local hospital in Rwanda.

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