Articles by Elena Vargas

Elena Vargas is an EV2014 alumna. She works in Nicaragua.

Nicaragua: the House of Cards you probably didn’t notice

Posted in articles by on May 4, 2018

On April 20th afternoon, I decided to join one of the peaceful protests in my country. We marched approximately 2 km towards the cathedral in Managua, waving Nicaraguan flags, banging pans and pots or whatever could make noise, and yelling out loud “We’re not afraid anymore!”. We were protesting against … Read more »

Planetary health or WEIRD attempts to re-invent the wheel?

Posted in articles by on November 17, 2017

On a cold Monday (November 13th), I had the opportunity to attend the 2017 Academy of Medical Sciences and The Lancet International Health Lecture, by Dr. Samuel Myers, who is Director of the Planetary Health Alliance and affiliated to the Harvard School of Public Health. The lecture took place in … Read more »

Let’s get political…

Posted in articles by on October 19, 2017

The ninth edition of the World Health Summit (WHS) was held during October 15th -17th, in a nice former cinema hall in the city of East Berlin, built in the early 1960s and with a rather appropriate name for the occasion, “Kosmos”.  This year, the event was attended by 2,000 … Read more »

Mental Health in the Workplace: For too many people a contradictio in terminis in our (late-)capitalist world?

Posted in articles by and on October 11, 2017

Every year, the World Mental Health Day is celebrated on October 10th. This year’s theme is Mental Health in the Workplace. The WHO acknowledges that an adverse working environment can lead to negative mental and physical outcomes, while also highlighting depression and anxiety as conditions that hamper productivity (with a … Read more »