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How the US Endangered Health Workers and Global Efforts to Eradicate Polio

Back in 2010, Osama Bin Laden was still somewhere in the Middle East, eluding the US military. His existence seemed to delegitimize the previous years of war and military action in the region. Ok, so there were no WMD’s. But there was Bin Laden, and he was the next best thing. In their narrow-minded focus to capture this man, the CIA concocted an intelligence gathering scheme that put health workers… Read Article →

A mountain stream flows through the jungle in Bhutan.

Culture & Talking to Patients & Families about Cancer

“He was yelling at me! He said I could not tell her she had cancer! No one here ever tells them!” We were standing just outside the gate of the National Referral Hospital in Thimphu, Bhutan. I looked up at the oncologist, squinting into the afternoon sun. That afternoon he had been working with patients, as usual. He was just about to tell his patient that she had cancer and that it was a terminal… Read Article →

A bird flying in the sky.

Intercultural Sensitivity Part 2: Ethnorelativism

In my last post on Dr Milton’s Model of Intercultural Sensitivity, I wrote about ethnocentrism. Today let’s examine the final three: the ethnorelative stages. The first of these is acceptance and is characterized by learning. As with all learning processes, acceptance can be at times rewarding or uncomfortable. First, the reward of acceptance. During this stage, there is calm curiosity, and learning gains momentum. Each new piece of information is… Read Article →