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Height and herencia in rural Guatemala, part 2: Fetal and newborn growth

In a previous entry on this site, I argued that herencia (“inheritence”) cannot explain the extremely high rates of child stunting observed in rural Guatemala. Using archaeologic, epidemiologic, and Read More

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Medical Missions – A Critical Perspective

Nicole S. Berry is a medical anthropologist based at Simon Fraser University. She is an expert in the anthropology of reproductive health and indigenous health Read More

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The Dangers of Drug Resistance – Guest Post by Margaret Variano

The threat of drug-resistance is a public health concern across a range of medications, with very severe implications. The spread of drug-resistance is particularly troubling Read More

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Height and herencia in rural Guatemala, part 2: Fetal and newborn growth

Photo by Rob Tinworth.

In a previous entry on this site, I argued that herencia (“inheritence”) cannot explain the extremely high rates of child stunting observed in rural Guatemala. Using archaeologic, epidemiologic, and Read More


Medical Missions – A Critical Perspective

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Nicole S. Berry is a medical anthropologist based at Simon Fraser University. She is an expert in the anthropology of reproductive health and indigenous health Read More


The Dangers of Drug Resistance – Guest Post by Margaret Variano

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The threat of drug-resistance is a public health concern across a range of medications, with very severe implications. The spread of drug-resistance is particularly troubling Read More


Morocco’s Children of the Moon Suffer in the Dark of Poor Health Care – Guest Post by Francine Krieger

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MOROCCO – Mounir Yakdone died at 7 years old in pursuit of an education. His parents warned that the walk to school would continue to Read More


Slipping through the Cracks: Indigenous Languages and Medical Missions in Guatemala

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Over the last several years, through work with community-based health programs and research as a medical anthropologist, I have visited dozens of medical and surgical Read More


Let’s invest in private hospitals as they are more efficient compared to other hospitals, right?

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My co-authors and I recently published a paper in which assess whether the efficiency of a hospital is affected by its type of ownership. Interestingly, Read More


Putting Fistula on the Health Agenda – Guest Post by Leigh Bernstein Reardon

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By Leigh Bernstein Reardon Last month, I wrote about the importance of midwives in reducing the incidence of maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. This month, Read More


Tweet Recap from Lancet #GlobalSurgery Commission June 2014

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This past weekend in Freetown (Sierra Leone), the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery (LCoGS) completed it’s second meeting. From afar, several themes seem to be emerging Read More


How the Millennium Declaration failed women in Africa

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In 2000, the Millennium Declaration identified improving gender equality as one of the keys to global development and poverty reduction. However, global health initiatives have since emphasized those Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) directly related to health, neglecting how gender equality is both a fundamental human right and a vital determinant of health


Hospitals and Maternal Death in Tanzania – Guest Post by Adrienne Strong

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 Adrienne is a PhD candidate in sociocultural anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. She has been traveling to and conducting research in Tanzania since Read More


Transfusion services in LMICs

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In a recent post on the Lancet Global Health Blog, Imelda Bates highlights the significant morbidity and mortality resulting from inadequate transfusion services in Africa Read More


Child Nutrition – After the First 1000 Days

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I’m certain that all readers on the site have heard of the Thousand Days concept. This is the notion that children are especially vulnerable to Read More


Monitoring the ability to deliver care in LMICs: review of health facility assessment tools

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In a new article, hub contributor Jason Nickerson, and colleagues, review the valuable role of health facilities assessment tools in LMICs and highlight the lack Read More


Improving Midwife Training Programs: Indigenous Lay Midwives’ Recommendations from Guatemala

A Kaqchikel midwife at the opening of a midwives' cooperative clinic, ACOTCHI (acotchi.org), in Guatemala.  Photo by Anita Chary.

Reducing maternal mortality rates worldwide has been a major global health priority since the World Health Organization’s Safe Motherhood Initiative in 1987.  In many low- Read More


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