Compassion speaks to our common humanity. We are all vulnerable to disease and don’t want anyone to suffer from something that can be prevented or treated. In global health we prevent suffering by preventing disease, and alleviate suffering through care and treatment of disease. When I am working with individuals with lymphedema and elephantiasis, I [...]
Dr. David Addiss spoke to the Mass General Hospital Global Psychiatry Division about compassion and global health. Their mission is to strengthen the global delivery of quality psychiatric care through bi-directional research, training, technical assistance, and service delivery with international global partners. They accomplish this through capacity building and training, research, technical assistance and policy [...]
For many of us that have been involved in global health for a long time, the word ‘compassion’ may be a little hard to get your arms around. It underpins everything we do, but we don’t really think about it that way. I don’t personally go through exercises to try and remind myself to be [...]
None of us would be here unless one person had cared for us when we couldn’t care for ourselves. The biological basis for our continuity as a species is love and caring in a selfless way. We all have that. We’ve all seen that. We can tap into how we have benefited from someone else [...]
I talked with women while they washed dishes, washed clothes, and made tortillas. Every activity required water. Each day we talked about how much easier life would be if they didn’t have to go down to the river to fetch water, which was about two kilometers away at the bottom of the dunes. The women [...]
Center for Compassion & Global Health founder David Addiss speaks about the compassionate impulse that often underlies our decision to enter the field of global health. He asks, "What is the source of this impulse—one that seeks to improve the health of people far away, often separated by geography, culture, religion, and nationality?" Read more...
The Executive Director of Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare speaks about managing Ebola, spiritual health, and a global health crisis in our own backyard. Read more...
Adrian Hopkins, MD shares his compelling story with CCAGH about his work in preventing blindness in the Congo and the Central African Republic. Read more...
Julie Hliboki's latest book, Breathing Light: Accompanying Loss and Grief with Love and Gratitude, is now available online. Breathing Light is written for everyone who has experienced loss or grief, especially the loss of a loved one. The book takes you on an inspirational journey, beginning with Hliboki’s poems and prose that convey how love, [...]
Global Health as Spiritual Practice: The Central Role of Compassion University of Notre Dame October 8, 2014 Attended by over 250 students, faculty, and guests, Dr. David Addiss presented a seminar that explored global health as a spiritual practice, with a focus on the crucial role of compassion. Global health aims to improve the health [...]