A young boy suffering from epilepsy in Nepal seeks treatment from traditional healers and western medicine. A young girl in a Tijuana slum observes the role pollution plays in the health of her community. A teenager in Atlanta is the only member of his family not infected with HIV and is learning to deal with the stigma of the disease. This collection of unique narratives told from the perspectives of young people from around the world serves as a valuable educational tool, providing youth with a context for understanding global health, not just in a physiological sense, but from a psychological and sociological perspective as well. Representing six geographical regions and twenty-three countries, these stories address chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, and epilepsy; infectious diseases like HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, and typhoid; and mental and behavioral health issues such as depression, eating disorders, and smoking cessation. These stories, along with ones that illustrate the environmental, political, and sociocultural health factors that affect young people and their communities every day, are sure to spark debate and stimulate discussions in classrooms, community centers, and at dinner tables around the world.
Emily Mendenhall holds an MA in public health from the Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory University. She has conducted research and worked in Zambia, Chile, Guatemala, and Chicago, studying health disparities, reproductive health, mental health, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, migration, and structural violence. She is currently working on her PhD in medical anthropology at Northwestern University. Kate Winskell, PhD, teaches courses on global health communication, HIV/AIDS, gender, sexuality, and global health at Emory University in Atlanta. With her husband, Daniel Enger, she coordinates the ""Scenarios from Africa"" HIV/AIDS communication process (www.globaldialogues.org) which inspires tens of thousands of young Africans to write storylines for short films about the epidemic.