Author Archives: Humanosphere

Humanosphere: Ebola outbreak’s negative impact on maternal mortality

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The Awful Ebola-Maternal Mortality Nexus…You don’t need ebola to die from it. Reporting from Monrovia, Jina Moore describes how fear of ebola and a broken health system are killing pregnant women. “Liberia has one of the highest rates of maternal death in the world. Giving birth here is always risky, even when you can count

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Visualizing the surprisingly massive toll of suicide worldwide

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Yes, ‘surprisingly massive’ is the best way to describe it. The recent death of actor-comedian Robin Williams has sparked much-needed conversations about suicide, a global killer seldom discussed publicly due to stigma, fear or even the well-intended effort to avoid sparking copycat behavior – what some call ‘suicide contagion.’ Studies have shown that, done right,

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Peacetime abuses fuel Israel-Palestine conflict

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Editor’s note: Ross Fenter is a Seattle-based film maker who has been documenting the Israel-Palestine conflict for years now. Fenter has returned to the region to gain the perspective, arguably under-represented in the U.S. media, of the Palestinians. His focus has been on the Maria family in the West Bank, where they have been leaders in protesting the Israeli

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TB detection innovation holds potential to reduce infection’s spread

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Sputum samples containing tuberculosis bacteria fluoresce. Jeffrey D. Cirillo A newly discovered way of testing people for tuberculosis (TB) dramatically cuts the time it takes for a diagnosis to under an hour. The development by chemist Jianghong Rao of Stanford and microbiologist Jeffrey Cirillo of Texas A&M Health Science Center could not only make TB … Continue reading →

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News in the Humanosphere: 100 AIDS Researchers and Activists among 298 Killed in MH17 Downing

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Simon Boddy This is absolutely tragic news for the entire global health community, in light of the deeply tragic news of the downing of MH17. “About 100 of the 298 people killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash were heading to Melbourne for a major AIDS conference, conference attendees have been told. Delegates at a pre-conference … Continue reading →

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Africa sees $58 billion leave the continent each year


The amount of money calculated to go into sub-Saharan Africa each year is less than the money that is sent outward. A new report published by Health Poverty Action and a dozen other partners, shows that $192 billion in total is lost due to tax havens, multinational profits and illegal logging. Which much of the … Continue reading →

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Child mortality worldwide is down, but it’s not always clear why

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Somali mother cradles her malnourished, ill child UN Child mortality is widely recognized as an indicator of a community’s overall health, with reductions in child deaths often cited as evidence of the impact of a particular intervention. Two high-profile events in Washington, DC, and Johannesburg, South Africa recently celebrated the progress made worldwide in reducing maternal … Continue reading →

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Did the Millennium Development Goals accomplish anything?

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Richard Horton, editor of the British medical journal The Lancet, recently penned an OpEd slamming the progress of the sustaniable development goals. In it, he proposes that the people putting together the new goals consider these areas when discussions sustainability: wellbeing, capability, intergenerational equity, externalities, resilience, and ‘strength of our civilizations.’ “Unless we embrace and … Continue reading →

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Documentary questions the very motives for Westerners ‘helping’ Africa

Nearly a decade has passed since Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina penned the satirical essay “How to Write About Africa” for Granta. The biting piece called out the way that people talk about, write about and depict the continent of Africa. Taboo subjects: ordinary domestic scenes, love between Africans (unless a death is involved), references to … Continue reading →

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News in the Humanosphere: USAID and Partners Re-up Maternal and Child Health commitments

USAID will spend up to $2.9 billion of the agency’s resources to continue the fight for maternal and child health in 24 countries. (VOA) Aid agencies in Iraq are straining to support the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the violence amid unclear government policies, lack of funding and a multiplicity of humanitarian actors flooding in to respond. … Continue reading →

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US imposes aid sanctions against Uganda

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Top Stories The White House announced that the US would impose visa restrictions on Ugandans it believes have been involved in human rights violations, including gay rights. The US will halt $2.4 million in funding for a Ugandan community policing program in light of a police raid on a U.S.-funded health program at Makerere University … Continue reading →

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How the new global development goals will apply to the US

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NASA The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draw to an end in 2015. Eight targets, from halving extreme poverty to reducing biodiversity loss, set out the development agenda for the world’s low and middle income countries. Talks about what will come next are still underway. What is known is that the set of global targets that … Continue reading →

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Midwives can avert two-thirds of maternal and newborn deaths, says UN


Midwife training in northern Nigeria. Some 73 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America are responsible for 96% of global maternal deaths and more than 90% of newborn deaths. Yet, these same countries are home to only 42% of the world’s health workforce. Increasing the number of midwives could prevent as many as two-thirds of … Continue reading →

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Interactive Map: Africa’s mixed progress on water and sanitation access


If all goes according to plan, every person in the world will have access to clean water and sanitation by 2030. Only 30% of people living in sub-Saharan Africa have access to sanitation. Water is doing slightly better with 66% access in the region. They both have the fact that they are off track for … Continue reading →

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