Looking for a great summer reading list? Look no further! We've put together a summer reading list that will give you amazing insight into the developing world, health issues that arise there, and global health and development.
1. Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
This is the non-fiction biography of Dr. Paul Farmer, a physician and anthropologist who worked in the developing world to solve problems surrounding tuberculosis. The multi-award winning book is a staple of development classes, and is recommended reading for anyone looking to work or volunteer in the developing world (especially in health-related fields).
2. There Is No Me Without You by Melissa Fay Greene
This is the story of Haregewoin Teferra, an Ethiopian woman who loses her family during the AIDS epidemic and chooses to open her home to orphans of the same crisis. It follows her journey as thousands of orphans of one of the biggest health epidemics of modern history come to her for shelter and care.
3. The Practice of International Health by Ananya Roy and Daniel Perlman
This is great reading for anyone looking for first-hand accounts from the people who truly work in the field of global health. It explains the practicalities and realities of working on the ground on some of the most complicated health challenges facing the world today.
4. Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
This book is a call-to-arms against the oppression of women around the world and focuses on six specific issues: prostitution, rape, education, maternal mortality, genital mutilation, and micro-credit. The great part about this book is that it offers real solutions to the problems that exist because of the oppression of women.
5. No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses by Peter Piot
This is a great read for anyone who is interested in how public health and medicine come together to face the challenges posed by severe health crises in the developing world. It is written in first person as Piot navigates the initial outbreak of AIDS that later showed to be an epidemic. His story is a great perspective on the confusion and rapid nature of viral epidemics in the developing world.
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