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Who doesn’t love a victory lap? This fall, during the third week of September, the who’s who of international development gathered in New York to extol all the good that has been done for the world in the past year. This...

“This isn’t 15,000 incidents of eating bushmeat,” Paul Farmer said. “It’s weak public health systems.” Prior to his remark, I thought that contracting Ebola was a death sentence, but Farmer corrected my assumptions. “Don’t believe anyone who tells you that case fatality is hi...

I was raised in a white bread world, amongst the cherry trees and corn fields of Northern Michigan. In the 1960s, there was nothing global about Elk Rapids, a village of 1,200 where my grandmother’s grandparents had emigrated from Switzerland in the mid-1800s. My parents were well-educated—my father...