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 »

Let’s get political…

Posted in articles by and 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 »

Confronting the soaring cost of medicines: The Latin American response

Posted in articles by , and on September 15, 2017

The Sixth Regional Meeting on the Right to Health and Health Systems took place in Santiago de Chile from 6th to 8th of September. This event gathered country representatives (ministers and vice-ministers of health), academics and other stakeholders from different countries that are part of the World Bank Initiative Salud … Read more »