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Boston Marathon showcases resilience of humanity

Edward Lychik, of Tacoma, Wash., runs past cheering Wellesley College students during the 118th Boston Marathon. AP Photo/Mary Schwalm Boston, MA - For the past week, the city of Boston, and much of the US, remembered the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon and the ensuing manhunt for the two brothers who carried out the attacks. … Continue reading →

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Parents say more than 200 girls missing in northern Nigeria

Security walk past burned government secondary school Chibok, were gunmen abducted more than 200 students in Chibok, Nigeria. AP Photo/ Haruna Umar The search for the school girls abducted in northern Nigeria continues a week after they were taken. However, there is a significant discrepancy over how many girls are missing. Islamist militants are believed … Continue reading →

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Ten facts about health workers and the brain drain

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Migration is a much debated subject around the world. We are investigating the impacts that migration on countries, migrants, business and more. Today we hear from Martin Drewry, Director of Health Poverty Action on the issue of brain drain. Read more of the series Migration Matters. Doctor Kouakoussui gives advice to a patient at PMI hospital. Côte d’Ivoire. Ami … Continue reading →

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Visualizing the massive toll of an abused drug seldom in the headlines

Fotopedia The legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado has been big news around the country and the world. These laws have spawned concerns that they could encourage more youths to use marijuana and lead to increased frequency of impaired driving. On the other hand, civil rights activists have endorsed marijuana legalization, noting that the … Continue reading →

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The aid debate continues in the media and on blogs

The debate over aid does not want to go away, but it is moving away from general statements about whether it works or not. Regardless of who is right and what we believe, it is promising to see the conversation taking a far more constructive tone. However, the present discussions are not likely to convert … Continue reading →

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3.7 million in South Sudan face severe hunger crisis

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Woman sits with food aid, in the north of South Sudan. ECHO Hunger looms over South Sudan. World leaders have spent the past few weeks trying to raise the alarm to garner enough public attention and funding to prevent a hunger crisis. Some 7 million people are at risk of food insecurity. The UN launched … Continue reading →

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Private health care for diarrhea in Africa kills 20,000 kids annually

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A nurse gives oral rehydration salts to a two-year-old in Sierra Leone. UNICEF Children in sub-Saharan Africa who suffer from diarrhea are receiving lifesaving treatment at a lower rate when visiting private hospitals as compared to public ones. Closing that gap would save an estimated 20,000 lives each year. When a child present signs of … Continue reading →

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Safe drinking water keeps Cambodian kids in school

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Children walking to school, Kampong Cham, Cambodia. Karen Murphy If you build it, he will come. In the case of Cambodian schools it is more like: if you provide safe drinking water, kids will go to school. When schools provided treated water in containers, the rate of absence for students dropped.

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Visualizing health funding gaps in West and Central Africa

IHME Earlier this week, Humanosphere reported on the overall trends in funding for global health – fairly steady, mostly flat the last few years, and perhaps in need of a re-focus. But which countries need help the most on the health front? That critical question came up at the April 8 launch event for this … Continue reading →

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Drug prices hurting Russia’s battle against HIV, hepatitis

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By Natalie Flath, aka Natasha, a health advocate and activist based in St. Petersburg, Russia. Andre Scvorstov protests outside the Russian headquarters of drug-makers Roche and Merck with sign: “Merck, You are Reducing the Russian Population.” Natalie Flath St. Petersburg, Russia — On a morning walk down Dostoevsky street here in Russia’s second largest city, … Continue reading →

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Is global health about gizmos or people?

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By Julia E. Robinson, director of advocacy programs for Health Alliance International at the University of Washington. In Liberia, a health worker takes child’s temperature at the FJ Grant District Hospital in Greenvile in the Sinoe County. AP It’s an exciting time to be fighting for the “End of AIDS.” Everyone from Hillary Clinton to … Continue reading →

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US underfunding crucial global health research and development, warns group

Steve Snodgrass As global health funding remains largely stagnant, more groups are trying to get a bigger piece of the US budgetary pie. For their part, research and development supporters wants a bigger slice, or at least for theirs to stay the same size. A report by the Global Health Technologies Coalition warns that the political … Continue reading →

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Income growth is great, just not for reducing child undernutrition

Nurse in Somalia measures child for malnutrition signs. Enough / Laura Heaton One out of every four kids in the world were not growing at the right rate (stunted) in 2011. That is a decrease by one-third over the past two decades. Similar improvements have been made on reducing the number of underweight children, but … Continue reading →

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Study shows global health funding steady, not always focused on biggest burdens

It’s fair to say that global health has been at the spearpoint of the aid and development agenda for the last 15 years or so, as funding for initiatives aimed at curbing AIDS, malaria, TB and other select diseases of poverty has swelled over the past decade and a half. But funding has leveled off … Continue reading →

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