To Use or Not to Use: the Clinical Dilemma of Antimicrobials

    Understandably frustrated after 4 weeks of mild coughing, a nicely dressed businesswoman had come for an evaluation. I looked for infection in her Read More

Our favorite Hub Originals from 2016

In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of our favorite Hub Originals from 2016. The Global Health Hub publishes original pieces from writers engaged in global Read More

The God of empty spaces: Thoughts on religion and civil society in neoliberal Guatemala

The other day I visited Lydia, a 56-year-old Maya woman who lives with her family in the highlands of Guatemala and has for many years Read More


Rural Communities Need To Be ‘Resilient, Diverse, Interconnected’ To Achieve Food Security,…

The Conversation: World hunger is increasing thanks to wars and climate change Leah Samberg, research associate at the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota “…Around the world, social and political instability are on the rise. … At the same time, these regions are experiencing increasingly powerful storms, more frequent and persistent drought,…More

Global challenges of health in the workplace

Over 54% of the world’s population live in urban areas, and over the next decade the growth of cities is expected to be greatest in Africa – the part of the world currently the least covered by workplace health. If we get this right, the potential to improve human wellbeing is vast. Evidence of the effectiveness of workplace health (or ‘wellness’) programmes is often unclear, and in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) the evidence is particularly thin. I have recently been investigating workplace health in LMICs* – desk research and a series of key informant interviews (India, China, South Africa, Brazil and Argentina) – and, while many of the challenges are problems for workplaces everywhere, they are often more acute in lower-income countries. A 2016 survey of 430 organisations found that the top three workplace-health issues globally are all related to non-communicable diseases (NCDs): poor nutrition, physical inactivity and stress.

News Outlets Report On Various Environmental Impacts To Global Health, Food Security, Disaster…

CBS News: How stoves can help solve a global pollution crisis “…[F]or many people in developing countries, the biggest exposure to pollution happens inside their homes. Some three billion people worldwide depend on solid fuel — often wood, charcoal, or dung — for heat and light…” (Ivanova, 10/6). Innovators Magazine: Climate action key to ending…More

Report Examines Data Transparency, Access To Information On Water Pollution

Open Society Foundations: What’s in Your Drinking Water? Too Many People Still Don’t Know Elizabeth Moses, research analyst in the Environmental Democracy Practice at the World Resources Institute, discusses results from a World Resources Institute report examining data transparency for safe drinking water. Moses writes, “A radical shift in information sharing is necessary to protect…More

Wilson Center Event Addresses Innovation’s Role In Increasing Quality Of Maternal, Child…

Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program’s “New Security Beat”: Reaching the Farthest Behind: Maternal Health Innovations at the Facility Level Yuval Cohen, an intern with the Maternal Health Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson Center, discusses an event at the Wilson Center on how maternal health clinics “can be drivers of innovation.” Cohen writes,…More

Drug counterfeiting – a 21st century solution to an age-old problem

Heard of blockchain technology? Ever wondered what it has to do with public health? When it comes to drug counterfeiting, this emerging technology may be the silver bullet for securing quality, safety and equity. Ensuring the safety and integrity of the global medicine supply chain is one of the most complex challenges facing healthcare delivery.

Local Governments, NGOs Should Ensure Awareness Of, Access To Safe Abortions In Nepal, Where…

Witness: Is abortion legal in Nepal? Many Nepali women don’t know the answer. Tara Todras-Whitehill, photographer, multimedia journalist, and  founder of Vignette Interactive “…Abortion has been legal in Nepal for over 15 years, but a study released by Nepal’s Center for Research on Environment Health and Population Activities (CREHPA) earlier this year concluded that over…More

‘Female Empowerment,’ ‘Greater Equality’ Critical To Reducing Humans’ Environmental…

Vox: I’m an environmental journalist, but I never write about overpopulation. Here’s why. David Roberts, journalist at Vox “…The first way to look at population is as a pure numbers game. More people means more consumers and more emitters, so the thing to do is slow the rise of population.

Public-Private Partnerships Play Crucial Role In Achieving Universal Access To Sanitation

Devex: Opinion: How public-private partnerships can wash away poor sanitation Aleem Walij, chief executive officer at the Aga Khan Foundation USA “…Sanitation is key to a healthy environment, yet access to sanitation remains far from universal. … Achieving universal access to adequate health services including decent sanitation requires local action everywhere. Such big vision improvements…More

USAID Faces Challenge Of Balancing Short-Term Development Results, Longer-Term Institutional…

Washington Post: Why international aid so often falls short — and sometimes makes things worse Brad Parks, executive director of AidData; Mark Buntaine, assistant professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and the Department of Political Science at the University of California at Santa Barbara; and Benjamin Buch, PhD candidate in political…More

Blog Post Highlights Studies Examining Impact Of Climate On Reproductive, Maternal Health

The rest is here: Blog Post Highlights Studies Examining Impact Of Climate On Reproductive, Maternal Health

Asia-Pacific Region Key Player In Efforts Against Pollution, U.N. Environment Head Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Interview — Asia must lead charge for pollution-free planet — U.N. environment head “Asia-Pacific — home to more than half the world’s population and some of its fastest-growing economies — is a key battleground in the fight against pollution, one of the biggest threats to the planet and its people, the U.N.…More

Guardian Series Examines Early Childhood Development, Importance Of Maternal, Child Nutrition,…

The Guardian: About the First Fight series “The First Fight, a series of reports on early childhood development, is funded by support provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The journalism is editorially independent and its purpose is to focus on the early years and the issues that affect the cognitive and health development of…More

Some Asian Communities Face Challenges Obtaining Useful Data On Water Quality From Governments,…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Murky data on water pollution puts health at risk in Asia — researchers “…Concerned about their health, [communities in Mongolia, Indonesia, and Thailand] sought clarification and information from their governments about pollutants being released into the environment, overall water quality, the risks of using such water, and information on the companies thought…More

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