Articles by Elena Vargas

Elena Vargas is an EV2014 alumnus & the EV Governance member for the Region of the Americas. She currently works for the Damien Foundation in Nicaragua.

A glimmer of light amid the darkness: united to fight a global threat

Posted in articles by on February 3, 2017

Two weeks of Trump’s presidency have passed, and many of us Americans—proud inhabitants of the continent consisting of 35 sovereign states including the United States of America, the República Federativa do Brasil and the Estados Unidos Mexicanos—are watching his reign of intolerance and hatred unfold with fear and disbelief. And … Read more »

Of Zika and other demons…

Posted in articles by and on February 26, 2016

Zika virus is making headlines all around the world. In Latin America, Zika caused little less than a turmoil. In less than a year, perception veered from one more dengue-like discomfort to that of a devilish threat, particularly so since its possible association with microcephaly. Not unsurprisingly in times when … Read more »

Emerging Voices for Global Health are all set for Vancouver!

Posted in articles by , , , and on October 21, 2015

It’s over a year now since the third global symposium on health systems research took place in Cape Town. At the symposium, the science and practice of people-centred health systems took center stage. Almost 2000 participants represented 125 countries in Cape Town, so it clearly was a global conference. The 2014 edition … Read more »

A whiff of Bolívar at the Seventh Summit of the Americas?

Posted in articles by on April 10, 2015

On April 10 and 11, all eyes in the Western Hemisphere will be on Panama City, hosting the Summit of the Americas. This event has been taking place every three years since 1994, and gathers around 34 members of the Organization of American States (OAS) to discuss present and future … Read more »

Closing the gender gap in Nicaragua: who’s on top?

Posted in articles by on March 8, 2015

Last November the Economic Forum released The Global Gender Gap Report 2014. The report is an attempt to measure the gap between men and women in four fundamental categories: (1) health and survival; (2) educational attainment; (3) economic participation and opportunity; and (4) political empowerment. In the Latin American/Caribbean region, … Read more »