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With the ignition of the #MeToo movement, increasing uncertainty of North Korea’s nuclear armament and string of terror attacks around the world, the latter half of 2017 was an undeniably contentious time. Throughout all the uncertainty, the constant push remains for innovative research. Healthcare and life expectancy have improved drastically around the world, thanks to innovative biomedical research. However, this trend of has not impacted all countries equally, and that cannot be ignored. It is the mission The Journal of Global Health to bring to the forefront innovations and areas of improvement in parts of the world that do not always have an international presence.