An inclusive approach to Human Papilloma Virus vaccination: the case for gender neutral vaccination in Canada

By: Sabrina Bartolucci, Lilia Brahimi, Allison Hecht, Jasmine Li-Brubacher, Natasha Leblanc, Geneviève Mailhot, Janna Shapiro, and Chelsey Weir Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually-transmitted infection among Canadians (1). The causal link between specific serotypes of HPV and cervical cancer is well-established (2). HPV infections lead to more than 500,000 cases of cervical cancer worldwide […]

Vol 6: Dengvaxia®: The World’s First Dengue Vaccine

Abstract Dengue fever is considered a Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD), as it both affects predominantly resource-limited countries and supports the need for increased research and development (R&D) (1). The situation has become critical given that transmission of dengue has increased in both frequency and magnitude, as well as has expanded to new areas. However, over […]

“A State of Emergency”: Addressing the Suicide Epidemic in Cross Lake, Manitoba

“What if staying alive has something to do with witnessing the death in life? What if dying and being borne along by those who love you, is also a way of being alive? How might we come to care for life that is constitutively beside itself, life that could never be fully itself?” -Lisa Stevenson, […]

Vol 6: The “Insurmountable” Frontier: How India Eliminated Polio

Abstract This case study evaluates India’s efforts to eliminate all poliovirus strains in the country. This was done through massive immunization campaigns that targeted specific and marginalized groups, public awareness campaigns, and an emphasis on nation-wide surveillance. Ultimately, polio was successfully eliminated in India and the country averted 1.48 billion disability-adjusted life years. The number […]

Vol 6: Taiwan’s Ban on the Marketing of Junk Food to Children

Abstract  Childhood obesity in Taiwan, as in Canada and many other countries, has been steadily increasing in recent years (,). To address this problem, Taiwan’s Ministry of Health banned the marketing of junk food on television to children in January 2016. This paper examines the implementation of Taiwan’s law, and offers observations on the food […]

Vol 6: Assessing the Effectiveness of Mental Health Training and Awareness Initiatives for Youth in Malawi and Tanzania

Abstract This paper evaluates the effectiveness of an intervention meant to expand treatment for adolescents with mental illness in Malawi and Tanzania.  The researchers developed radio programs addressing mental health for youth and provided training on mental disorders for educators and healthcare workers in Malawi and Tanzania. At a cost of $2.7 million CAD, the […]

Antenatal Care: A Success Story? The (In)Effectiveness of Antenatal Care in Reducing Maternal Mortality and Promoting Maternal Health in Developing Countries

Ran van der Wal, Mary Taleh, Liliane Mulinda Abstract: Antenatal care (ANC) is considered a success story in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), as its uptake is very high. This paper aims to assess its effectiveness to reduce maternal mortality and promote maternal health in LMIC. Facility-based deliveries attended by skilled personnel are required. Focused […]