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1021by DoriatanahiryDoriatanahiry
06 Mar 2018 21:54Jump!
611by Jebha Babu (VCOM-AU)Jebha Babu (VCOM-AU)
20 Feb 2018 23:04Jump!
1123by PeytonLampleyVCOM-AUPeytonLampleyVCOM-AU
20 Feb 2018 22:44Jump!
1920by AndrewHardingVCOM-CCAndrewHardingVCOM-CC
27 Feb 2018 15:34Jump!
Population Case
Please post to the discussion forum before the second week of the Population Case.
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Is relocation of families from the overpopulated Karatu district to a less populated area in another district a viable strategy? What conditions would facilitate this approach?
816by Kelly  Villeda ArauzKelly Villeda Arauz
06 Mar 2018 22:45Jump!
How important is family planning education as a component of a comprehensive strategy to address overpopulation? Are there limitations to what family planning education can accomplish?
1225by ErnestomedturErnestomedtur
06 Mar 2018 05:29Jump!
What is the effect of increased access to health care on family planning?
1223by GauchoGaucho
06 Mar 2018 05:56Jump!
What is the effect of overpopulation on the environment? One approach to solving the problems that accompany overpopulation might be government-imposed sanctions limiting development in an area. What kind of effect would such environmental sanctions have on the economic stability of a family living in the area?
58by JessdportilloJessdportillo
05 Mar 2018 04:21Jump!
Should the approach to overpopulation occur on the national or the local level? How can or should the two spheres work together?
920by Johnathone (VCOM-AU)Johnathone (VCOM-AU)
07 Mar 2018 17:22Jump!
In your opinion, what is the basic problem and the basic dilemma related to ‘population and sustainable development’?
513by ChristinaGuevaraUEESChristinaGuevaraUEES
05 Mar 2018 04:32Jump!
In the case study it is stated that “sustainability is not a matter of awareness but of social, political and economic relations.” What are some arguments that can be put for and against this proposition?
47by ChristinaGuevaraUEESChristinaGuevaraUEES
05 Mar 2018 04:42Jump!
Nutrition Case
Please post answers to the questions before the second week of the Nutrition case.
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Agricultural biotechnology may cause loss of biodiversity, yet could create a more nutritionally complete food supply. Is biotechnology justified on the basis of improving accessibility to food and nutrition?
814by Johnathone (VCOM-AU)Johnathone (VCOM-AU)
20 Mar 2018 22:06Jump!
Are you playing "God" with the environment and might you therefore offend religious beliefs by accepting Genetically Modified Organisms?
713by Julia SolorzanoJulia Solorzano
23 Mar 2018 00:13Jump!
New technologies developed through scientific research almost always carry some risk. Do potential benefits of agricultural biotechnology outweigh possible risks? Who should bear the risks and who should receive the benefits?
612by TenzinT_VCOM-AUTenzinT_VCOM-AU
21 Mar 2018 01:17Jump!
Some countries refuse to allow imports of genetically engineered crops because of perceived negative impacts on human health and the environment. Farmers who plant GM seeds may either cut access to lucrative export markets or increase yield with GMO that can lead to greater market share. Are governments therefore justified in banning or encouraging GM crops in their respective countries?
58by Michael SaggioMichael Saggio
20 Mar 2018 22:01Jump!
Many populations around the world are accustomed to highly polished, pure white rice. Will people avoid Golden rice because of its yellow color even if they know it is more nutritious for them and their children?
821by CDampageDon(VCOM-VA)CDampageDon(VCOM-VA)
22 Mar 2018 16:27Jump!
As a government official, you risk offending various constituencies and losing your job. Assume the religious, cultural and social majority oppose GMO, yet production, nutrition, and market share favor GMO. What do you choose?
410by Shane Stone VCOM-VAShane Stone VCOM-VA
20 Mar 2018 20:27Jump!
Infectious Disease Case
Please post answers to the questions before the second week of the Infectious Disease case.
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1. How might a patient’s environment (e.g. living conditions, socioeconomic situation) relate to accurate diagnosis of disease? What working and living conditions of undocumented workers make them more at risk for contracting Chagas disease?
2. What are some of the challenges involved in providing health care to undocumented workers? Consider effectiveness of health programs, preventive medicine and patient compliance, among other things.
3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of indigenous remedies? Are there any implications for the practice of modern medicine in these areas?
4. What kind of evidence would be necessary to reliably demonstrate that an ethnobotanical treatment is effective in treating Chagas disease?
5. If Alpha Pharmaceuticals makes a lot of money from marketing N. lobata, should INBio, ethnobotanist Dr. Allison Woodrow, and/or the Guaymi indigenous group be compensated? If so, how?
6. Costa Rica is considered one of the world’s top 20 countries with the greatest biodiversity. What are the potential effects of harvesting the N. lobata on the environment of Costa Rica? Who would most likely be harvesting the plants?
Water Quality Case
Please post answers to the questions before the second week of the Water Quality case.
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Name the different ways the Ganges is used by citizens of India. Consider the water usage by both individuals and organizations; how do these different usages contribute to point and non-point sources of pollution in Varanasi city and surrounding areas? Consider also the route the river takes from its source at Gangotri glacier to the Gangetic delta at the Bay of Bengal, and all that happens in between.
In your opinion, did the Ganga Action Plan succeed? Why or why not?
Throughout the course, we have been exploring global health issues from a multidimensional perspective. Considering the two articles on issues related to water quality of the Ganges River, identify at least one issue or perspective for each of the six dimensions provided: a) Political b) Technological c) Economic d) Health/Environment e) Social/Cultural f) Ethical
Using your answers to Question 3 above, identify as many problems and dilemmas relating to the water quality case as possible. (*Remember, as defined by Lars Hagborg, author of the Population Case, problems have solutions, while there are only more or less imperfect ways of dealing with dilemmas. Two common types of dilemmas are conflicts of principle, and conflicts of perspective).
Now that you have considered the decisions required of the key stakeholders in this massive project, assume that you are the leader of the medical profession in Varanasi where Mr. Mishra lives, basically role #5 below. Your task is to determine the next steps from a medical perspective to advance the project of providing clean water, reducing pollution in the rivers and thereby reducing water borne disease. You have a professional interest because of the many cases of disease and death that result from the "water" problems which you have to address every day. Specifically, what would you do as the leader of the medical action committee (#5) to take the next step for access to clean water through reduction of pollution in the Ganges and tributaries; specifically in your town of Varanasi? What factors need to be considered in discussing with inhabitants of the most impoverished areas of Varanasi their usage of the Ganges river for purposes of drinking, bathing, and cleaning? Define the 1) most pressing problem that remains to be solved; 2) the critical decision that needs to be made; and 3) your response to address water issues in Varanasi. Your response can include one or more of the stakeholders we've discussed, or not. 1. Mr. Mishra, Hindu Priest 2. Mayor of Varanasi 3. Prime Minister of India 4. World Health Organization (WHO) 5. Local Physician leader

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