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Mikada Green

Digital Journalism and Media student at Penn State with a passion for writing and editing. Their journalism focuses on social issues and the injustices of marginalized communities worldwide.

We have seen the girls we serve learn to believe in themselves, persist through difficulties and support one another as they seek to improve their circumstances and their communities.”

- Lucina Di Meco, Vice President, and Abigail Spangler, Global Manager, of Room to Read's Girls' Education Program

Featured Pillar Article: Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program (GEP)

The Borgen Project

Explore a featured selection of my news writing and interview work below. 

Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia — Dewmini, a Sri Lankan student, had no other option but to leave school, a decision not uncommon for many young girls living in poverty. Facing severe droughts and food scarcity, Dewmini’s family pulled her out of school and sent her to the city as a servant. Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program (GEP) in Sri Lanka intervened, providing Dewmini with the skills to advocate for her education as she supported her family with a garden to sell vegetables in her village. Dewm

CAB-LA in Zimbabwe Could Prevent HIV

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia — Controlling high rates of HIV is not a new issue for Zimbabwe, but medical officials have taken a big step to lower numbers. The Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe has tested and approved a recent long-acting vaccination called cabotegravir (CAB-LA) to prevent HIV, making it the first African country to do so. The State of HIV in Zimbabwe Zimbabwe has the fifth-highest HIV rate in the world, with 11.6% of people aged 15 to 49 diagnosed with the disease as of 2021.

Mental Health in Jordan

The World Health Organization (WHO) has determined Jordan’s mental health system needs significant restructuring, estimating that more than 25% of Jordanians experience mental health symptoms. Increased poverty rates due to conflicts in neighboring countries impacting the social climate have affected Jordan’s ability to cope with mental health in Jordan. Out of 100,000, only 305 Jordanians seek help for mental health symptoms, a problem needing a resolution. The Current State of Mental Health i

How Genetically Modified Mosquitos Can Fight Malaria in Tanzania

Tanzania is a high-risk country with 4.1% of global malaria-related deaths in 2020. While 93% of the Tanzanian population resides in malaria transmission areas, researchers are working to address the country’s current malaria epidemic. Plasmodium falciparum is the most common form of malaria contracted in Tanzania, accounting for 96% of infections. While previous preventative measures such as insecticide-treated nets and indoor residual spraying have not been completely successful when combatin

The African Green Revolution Forum Addresses African Food Systems

The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) meeting commenced on September 5, 2022, with nearly 6,500 policymakers, activists, researchers, business leaders and agriculture experts from all over the world in attendance, both in-person and virtual. The forum theme was Grow, Nourish and Reward – Bold Actions for Resilient Food Systems, reflecting a dedication to addressing Africa’s growing food insecurity and a need for food system improvements. Due to the economic impact of the coronavirus, 147 mi

Life Expectancy in Africa on the Rise

Life expectancy in Africa is rising, increasing to 56 years from 46 in 2000, thanks to expanding healthcare access. Other parts of the world have not observed this tremendous growth rate of 10 years and show a valiant effort to address the issue of essential health care in African countries. To tackle the issue of life expectancy in Africa, governments must revamp the framework of their existing healthcare infrastructures. Essential medications, equipment, facilities and technology for communic

Stick to Change

Explore a featured selection of my advocacy/opinion writing work below.

A Culture of Silence: Mental Health in the Muslim Community

Discussing mental health in the Muslim community is a tricky topic with many negative connotations ingrained in the religion and culture. Specifically, there is a culture of silence surrounding mental illness as well as internal and external stigma. The religion of Islam approaches health from a holistic perspective, meaning that there are connections to the welfare of the mind, body, and spirit. In Arabic, these three connections are the ‘aql, jism, and ruh.’ The Qur’an heavily focuses on one’s

The Climate Displacement Crisis

As the repercussions of climate change exacerbate, we witness a common theme in many political situations: impoverished and vulnerable communities are often the most affected. Displacement or migration is one of the results of climate change, with “environmental migrants” forced to abandon their homelands due to uninhabitable conditions. Most of those experiencing these long-term consequences of climate change reside in South Asia, South East, and East Asia, as well as the Pacific Islands, also

The Dark Truth of Policing the LGBTQIA+ Community

The societal perception of the LGBTQIA+ community has gradually become more accepting in recent years, but plenty of work still needs to be done. This sentiment is especially true when evaluating the relationship between law enforcement and the LGBTQIA+ community. While it is evident that Black and brown people have experienced the most significant proportion of abuse and profiling from law enforcement, recent studies show that the LGBTQIA+ community is also vulnerable to police discrimination.

The Fight for Abortion Rights: Accessibility and Mexico

The recent U.S. Supreme Court leak about the highest court overturning Roe vs. Wade may come as a shock to some, but the revelation does not come as a surprise for women who have been fighting for bodily autonomy. While it is important to note that the leaked draft stating the overturning of the amendment may not be entirely accurate, it is a possible outcome as there is a 6-3 conservative majority in the court. This policy change will lead to an influx of not only unsafe abortions, but may also

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