Helen Epstein

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Journalist and public health consultant Helen Epstein will write a book tentatively entitled Why Freedom is a Public Health Issue: Epidemics and the Limits of Charity. It will explore responses to hunger, malaria, schizophrenia, child abuse, and other contemporary health crises.

Epstein is the author of The Invisible Cure: Why We Are Losing the Fight against AIDS in Africa (Picador 2008). She received her PhD from Cambridge University in molecular biology and an MA in Public Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has consulted for numerous organizations working on health in the Global South, including The World Bank, UNICEF and Human Rights Watch. She writes regularly for the New York Review of Books and other publications.