Refugee resettlement in Philadelphia, USA: Challenges and opportunities

Michelle Munyikwa is a MD/PhD (anthropology) candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research centers on the experiences of refugees resettling in Philadelphia, PA. In Read More

HIV infection rates increasing in 74 countries

DURBAN, South Africa — While the world has made progress reducing the number of people who die from AIDS every year by expanding access to life-saving drug treatments, many countries are increasingly failing to prevent the spread of HIV. That’s the disturbing gist of a new report released here at the 21st International AIDS Conference

New app lets public help map disasters, conflicts and outbreaks

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Swiping right or tapping on a mobile phone are not typical ways of helping poor communities, but a new app launched by a medical charity on Friday aims to use technology to help aid workers map areas at risk of conflict, disasters and disease. Using the latest


214M Women Worldwide Lack Access To Modern Contraceptives, Reproductive Health Services,…

Humanosphere: More than 200 million women still lack access to modern contraception “A new study published [Thursday] by the Guttmacher Institute reports that some 214 million women, mostly in the developing world, lack access to modern methods of contraception and other reproductive services routinely available in the West…” (Nikolau, 6/29). Slate: In Developing Nations, 214…More

Humanosphere Discusses Study, Commentary Addressing PMI’s Role In Reducing Child Mortality In…

Humanosphere: Threatened U.S. foreign aid program prevents malaria from killing kids in Africa Humanosphere correspondent Tom Murphy discusses a recent study published in PLOS Medicine showing the President’s Malaria Initiative has saved the lives of two million children since its inception and an accompanying commentary by Stanford University researcher Eran Bendavid, in which he “agrees…More

U.N. Revises Annual Humanitarian Aid Appeal Upward To $23.5B

Humanosphere: Funding fails to keep pace with record number of people in need of aid “Humanitarian needs are growing worldwide and international donors are not keeping up. The United Nations says it needs $23.5 billion to help some 141 million people across 37 countries in need of humanitarian assistance. It is $1.3 billion more than…More

German Development Minister Calls For 10B Euro Global Emergency Relief Fund, Cites Rising Food…

Humanosphere: As U.S. gets stingy on foreign aid, Germany calls on others to step up “Germany wants to start a new global emergency relief fund just as the U.S. announces its intention to leave the United Nation’s Green Climate Fund, the latest move by the Trump administration to diminish America’s role in foreign aid. ……More

Humanosphere Examines U.K. Election’s Potential Impact On Foreign Aid, Global Development

Humanosphere: Where Britain stands on foreign aid-development and why it matters worldwide Humanosphere correspondent Tom Murphy discusses the U.K. election and examines how its results could impact the U.K.’s role in foreign aid and global development. Murphy writes, “Differing priorities between each of the parties indicates a potential shift in [Department for International Development (DfID)]…More

Sri Lankan Flooding Caused By Tropical Storm Threatens Increase In Cases Of Dengue, Cholera,…

Humanosphere: Tropical storm floods Sri Lanka with increased disease and safety risks “Torrential rains over the weekend buried Sri Lanka under mudslides and the worst floods since 2003. Although the storm — now Cyclone Mora — has left for Bangladesh, the effects are far from over. Aid agencies are bracing for more possible rains as…More

Laurie Garrett Discusses WHO’s Future In Humanosphere Podcast Interview

Humanosphere: A conversation with Laurie Garrett about the road ahead for the WHO In this podcast, Imana Gunawan, Humanosphere’s social media manager and podcast producer, and Joanne Lu, writer and editor at Humanosphere, speak with Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, about WHO’s future. Gunawan and Lu also…More

All roads lead to Geneva

This week, health ministers from across the world are making the yearly pilgrimage to Geneva for the 70th World Health Assembly. For spectators, the importance of this week extends far beyond the official proceedings shared via livestream. It is about the closed door breakfasts, the high-level side meetings, the sponsored receptions and events, and the general atmosphere in expensive, elite Geneva as it transforms into the centre of the global health world. The stakes are even higher this year with the election of a new Director-General of the WHO at a time when new leadership and vision are sorely needed. Much has been written by Laurie Garrett, Larry Gostin, and others on reforming the WHO.

U.S. Foreign Aid Cuts Could Negatively Impact Latin American Nations’ Development, Expert…

Humanosphere: Trump’s foreign aid cuts pose threat to development in Latin America “…For better insight into how these cuts might be felt by the country’s southern neighbors, Humanosphere spoke to Christopher Sabatini, foreign policy expert and editor at Latin America Goes Global. Sabatini, a lecturer at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at…More

U.S. Congress Includes $990M Additional Funding For Famine Relief In FY17 Budget Deal

Humanosphere: U.S. quietly boosts funding by $990 million to prevent historic famines “A budget deal struck by the U.S. Congress [last] week to prevent a government shutdown was viewed as a rebuke to proposed cuts by the Trump administration. Both political parties agreed to continue funding existing programs and went a step further by providing…More

World Education’s Nepal Country Director Discusses 2015 Earthquake Relief, Recovery

Humanosphere: Nepal’s long road to recovery 2 years after the earthquake Joanne Lu, writer and editor at Humanosphere, speaks with World Education Country Director Helen Sherpa about the organization’s relief strategy and recovery efforts in Nepal since the 2015 earthquake (4/26).

Inexpensive Blood-Clotting Drug Reduces Postpartum Hemorrhage Among New Mothers, Study Shows

Humanosphere: Drug effective against leading cause of maternal death, study finds “An inexpensive and widely available drug could save the lives of thousands of women who die each year from severe bleeding after childbirth — the leading cause of maternal death worldwide, according to new study…” (Nikolau, 4/26). New York Times: Inexpensive Drug Prevents Deaths…More

Humanosphere Examines Possible Implications Of Trump Administration’s Proposed Foreign…

Humanosphere: U.S. foreign aid: Few details amid reports of plan to cut and restructure USAID Humanosphere correspondent Tom Murphy discusses the potential implications of funding cuts seen in a leaked budget document on the FY18 State Department and USAID budget, writing, “For now, there are more questions than answers. … when it comes to budget…More

Despite Challenges, Polio Eradication Efforts Continue To Progress

Humanosphere: Range of setbacks slow progress toward polio eradication Humanosphere correspondent Tom Murphy discusses several challenges to polio eradication in the three remaining endemic countries — Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan — including a lack of access to certain regions and vaccine shortages. He writes, “Despite the challenges, the effort for eradication persists” (4/19).

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