Stop saying the solutions are so simple

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Karen Grepin

Karen Grepin

Karen Grépin is an Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy at New York University. Her research focuses on the economics and politics of health service delivery in developing countries, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. She is interested in exploring these issues using multiple disciplinary methodologies. She has worked and traveled throughout Africa, most recently in Ghana and Ethiopia. Grépin has been a consultant to a number of international health organizations, including the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She also maintains a well-read global health blog (http://karengrepin.blogspot.com/). Grépin has published research articles on the organization of neglected tropical diseases control programs, including the future on onchocerciasis control in Africa and the integration of mass drug administration programs. She has forthcoming articles on the impact of a maternal health initiative in Ghana on health service utilization, the role of health development assistance in strengthening health systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, and human resources for health.
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Earlier this week, I was fortunate to attend the launch of a report by Save the Children on the state of malnutrition globally. Their report, entitled “ A Life Free from Hunger ” rightly draws global attention on one the most important, yet perhaps most neglected causes of child mortality and ill health – malnutrition. According to their estimates, malnutrition is an underlying cause in 2.6 million child deaths every year. And of course mortality is only the most extreme manifestation of this problem, it leaves children less able to learn and to grow into productive members of society.

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Stop saying the solutions are so simple

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