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Susannah Acuff

Anthropologist in Washington, DC

Health of Africa


Graduate student Susannah Acuff talks about her journey from pre-med to anthropology. She began by shadowing her grandfather, a physician, in free clinics, and examined the cultural opinions and use of health care and insurance, which eventually led her to Africa, where she examined alternative models for health insurance, instead of the for-profit model found in the United States.

Beautiful photographs by Jim Tanton,

Donations for bed nets at

Solar lamp program

"Presentation of the Day" on May 18, 2013.

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Clean Stoves for Africa

@ VOL 25 ON JAN 16, 2015

Yosief Iyassu (Eritrea), Emmanuel Balele (Tanzania) and James Bamwete (Uganda) describe the deplorable health and environment effects caused by the use of inefficient traditional charcoal cooking stoves in Africa and show how the situation could considerably improve by replacing them with energy saving clay-based cooking stoves.

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An Unstoppable Force for Health

@ VOL 3 ON JUN 05, 2015

In his Pechakucha, Joshua Rubin, Health Care Advocate, speaks on the human experience and how hard work and perseverance can tranform human health and the future. 

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1 Hour + 10 Years

@ VOL 3 ON JUN 05, 2015

Living with Chrohn's Disease, Carly Medosch tells her story of living with this disease and an experience she has had with the US health care system and misdiagnosis. 

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Prescription Drugs : Pay or Die

@ VOL 4 ON OCT 29, 2015

Juliana Keeping is an Oklahoma City-based mom and journalist. Her son Eli, 3, has cystic fibrosis, a rare and fatal genetic lung illness. Juliana speaks out against U.S. drug price insanity after her insurer denied an expensive drug that could have helped to protect her son’s lungs.

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Free Your Fitness, Free Yourself

@ VOL 6 ON OCT 19, 2015

Does your lifestyle prevent you from qualifying for insurance discounts? Do you lack sufficient time for exercise or have limited access to sports facilities? Maybe you just want to keep your personal data private without having to pay higher insurance premiums for the privilege?

Unfit Bits provides solutions. At Unfit Bits, we are investigating DIY fitness spoofing techniques to allow you to create walking datasets without actually having to share your personal data. These techniques help produce personal data to qualify you for insurance rewards even if you can't afford a high exercise lifestyle. 

Our team of experts are undertaking an in-depth Fitbit Audit to better understand how the Fitbit and other trackers interpret data. With these simple techniques using everyday devices from your home, we show you how to spoof your walking data so that you too can qualify for the best discounts. Our new range of desktop fitness devices are also available on this site. 

Free your fitness. Free yourself. Earn Rewards.



Tega Brain is an artist and engineer. She makes eccentric engineering, reimagining everyday technologies to address their politics and envision alternatives. She is currently a resident at Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, Brooklyn, has both studied and taught at the School for Poetic Computation, and is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Purchase. 

Surya Mattu is an artist and engineer based in Brooklyn. He is currently a fellow at Data&Society where he is investigating infrastructure with a focus on wireless as a way to better understand bias in technology. He is also a contributing researcher at ProPublica. Previously he has worked as an engineer at Bell Labs and is a graduate from the New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. He has a degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

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If You Care about Health

@ VOL 7 ON APR 21, 2016

Dung Truong is the co-founder of Ruy Bang Tim (RBT). RBT is a not-for-profit project that aims to help popularizing good knowledge about cancer to Vietnamese people
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Plant biotechnology and the wonders of GMO's

@ VOL 44 ON JUL 04, 2017

Tapiwa Guzha a plant bio-technologist making & studying GMOs for the academic and socio-economic benefit of South Africa. African solutions to African issues of drought, poverty and public health. Tapiwa will explore an alternative to the often negative public perception of GMOs.

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My Road to Health

@ VOL 32 ON JUL 11, 2017

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Navigating the Waters of Mental Health

@ VOL 32 ON DEC 06, 2017

Trigger warning:

Alice R.L. takes on a deep discussion on mental health, suicide, and self-harm. Please take care when listening and remember to keep on loving yourself.