Riddhi Desai

Riddhi is a junior at Rutgers University. She is double majoring in Public Health and Psychology and completing a certificate program in Public Health Administration. Her research focus areas as an ISC Intern are Global Health, International development, and Social Good.

Most commented posts

  1. Celebs Gone Good Part Two — 2 comments
  2. HIV and Family Planning — 1 comment
  3. The Food Stamp Challenge: Effective? — 1 comment
  4. Tuberculosis: Overlooked Infectious Disease — 1 comment
  5. Why Girls’ Education is a Good Thing — 1 comment

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Feb 22

Breastfeeding in Developing Countries

Almost 6.9 million children under five died around the world in 2011. Did you also know that almost 830,000 deaths could be avoided if every baby was breastfed within the first hour of life? As soon as the infant is born, the mother produces a special milk called colostrum. Colostrum is known to be the …

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Feb 08

The Global Tobacco Epidemic

Did you know that at least one billion people are expected to die from tobacco use in the 21st century? We all know the horrible consequences of using any type of tobacco. Tobacco can increase a person’s risk for various types of cancer, respiratory diseases, and cardiovascular diseases. Despite all the risks, tobacco is not …

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Jan 25

Girl Problems

In the past year, the rights of women and girls has been on the world center stage of social issues. It is very astonishing that even in the twenty-first century, girls and women all over the world do not have the rights they are entitled to, nor are they treated any better than before. How …

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Jan 14

Neglected Tropical Diseases

Neglected tropical diseases are a group of tropical infections that are usually found in tropical areas or low-income countries. Many of these infections are caused by parasites, bacteria, and viruses. Leprosy, hookworm, yellow fever are common examples of neglected tropical diseases. Did you know that over one billion people worldwide are living with one or …

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Dec 12

The Food Stamp Challenge: Effective?

As the year comes to end and holidays are extremely close, social issues such as homelessness, poverty, and hunger are frequently mentioned. Recently in New Jersey, the Mayor of Newark, Cory Booker decided to participate in his own food stamp challenge called the SNAP challenge. The mayor will only spent about $1.40 per meal, which …

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Nov 26

The Toilet and It’s Effect on Women

You might be a little surprised at the title of this blog post. Women and toilets? How are these two things even related? Well, did you know that over 70% of women in Sub-Saharan Africa  do not have safe access to a toilet? This number may be even higher in other parts of the world. …

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Nov 14

American Red Cross and Superstorm Sandy

These two weeks have been hectic for a lot of people on the east coast. Hurricane Sandy has been the biggest headline for the last few weeks. This storm even sidelined the Presidential election. You can may have seen news coverage showing the damage done to New Jersey’s famous shore or parts of New York …

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Oct 25

Why Girls’ Education is a Good Thing

On October 10th, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen while she was on a bus on her way to her home from school. You may have heard this incident either online or on the news. Malala Yousafzai is a young fourteen year old advocate for girl’s education. November 10th, 2012 is …

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Oct 17

Celebs Gone Good Part Two

Celebrities can create great publicity about an issue because they have the power to persuade people to take action towards a social cause. A few weeks ago, I wrote about Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield, celebrities that used an unique opportunity to promote their social good causes. Many celebrities are often happy to use their …

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Oct 15

Half the Sky: Time to Discuss Women

I would like to start off this blog post with a simple statement: I love reading. I can read for hours if I had nothing else to do. Last summer, I was looking to find new books to read.  While looking online, I came across Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide …

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