Noncommunicable Disease



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

A diabetes nurse delivers diabetes care in a rural Guatemalan clinic. Image courtesy of Daniel Agee.

The People Behind the Numbers: Diabetes Lessons from Guatemala

This entry was originally posted at Global Health Now. It’s easy to become numbed by the global diabetes epidemic. Almost every week, it seems, new numbers are released Read More


Reproductive Health in Madagascar

I vividly remember the beginning of my trip to Madagascar to perform reproductive health research. At the end of providing an update to my mentor Read More


A Call for Courage in Uncertain Times: Curbing HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa through Political…

The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues as a significant public health threat around the world, most notably in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Abraar Karan and Dr. Tom Coates explore the potential for political leadership in the region to strengthen communication strategies through which to influence public attitudes and behaviors.  The HIV/AIDS epidemic is now almost through its fourth decade since becoming established as a major public health concern in the early 1980s

Staying Power: Women Keeping Health Care on Track

Photographs and comments by Partners In Health staff Our photographers have the opportunity to visit with health workers, colleagues, and patients all over the world—many of them women. “We meet far more women in terms of care and connection to the community and health centers than men,” says Rebecca Rollins, PIH’s chief communications officer. Women usually bring sick children to clinics or receive care themselves. Teams of nurses—mainly female—are the backbone of these facilities. In communities, health workers who go door to door checking up on patients are invariably women.

Gender-based violence and HIV infection: Overlapping epidemics in Brazil

One woman is victimized by violence every 15 seconds in Brazil, with a total of 23% of all Brazilian women experiencing violence in their lifetime. There are many notable consequences affecting victims of gender-based violence, yet many health consequences of violence have not been widely addressed in Brazil. This leads to the question: Are victims of gender-based violence at a higher risk for HIV infection in Brazil?  Brazil has 730,000 people living with HIV, the largest number in Latin America and the Caribbean. Brazil is also one of 15 countries that account for 75% of the number of people living with HIV worldwide

Are Agricultural Traders Colluding? Experimental Evidence on Competition in Kenyan Maize…

This is the second in our series of posts by Ph.D. students on the job market this year Setting food-price policy is hard. Smallholder farmers are better off with higher crop prices, but consumers want lower prices. So what is a policymaker to do?   Well-integrated agricultural markets can tackle both sides of this food-price policy dilemma, by pulling crops out of surplus areas (to boost prices received by farmers) and pushing food into deficit areas (to reduce prices faced by consumers)

INSPIRED to End Violence Against Women and Children

Dr. Deb Houry, Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls. More than 1 billion children—half of all the children in the world—are victims of violence every year. And in many countries, one in four girls experience sexual violence before the age of eighteen.

U.K. Development Secretary Announces $7.48M Funding Package To Address FGM, Child Marriage,…

The Guardian: Extra £6m in development funding to fight abuse of women and girls “Britain is to step up efforts to combat abuse of women and girls around the world, International Development Secretary Priti Patel said this weekend. Patel says she wants the U.K. to be a global leader on the issue and is announcing…More

The XX Solution

Photo by Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In HealthMasentebale Letima, 23, (left) and other expectant mothers pass the time in the shade of the maternal waiting home in Nkau, Lesotho, in March. Help a poor woman stay in school, a recent study found, and her children are more likely to survive. Help a mother earn a couple extra dollars, and her kids will get a better education. Give a woman a loan and she is more likely than a man to repay it

‘Meaningful’ Action Needed To End Violence Against Women, U.N. SG Ban Says On International…

U.N. News Centre: Violence against women ‘serious obstacle’ to sustainable development, Ban says on World Day “Underlining that violence against women and girls is not only a human rights violation but also a serious obstacle to sustainable development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for ‘meaningful’ action to prevent and respond to such violence. ‘Violence…More

Blog Post Highlights Statement Made By Secretary Of State John Kerry On Eliminating Violence…

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Everyone Can — and Must — Act To End #ViolenceAgainstWomen and Girls In recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which took place on November 25, this “DipNote” blog post discusses the U.S. commitment to ending violence against women and highlights a statement made by…More

Novartis Testing Strategies To Improve Pricing, Access To Certain Medicines In Developing…

Humanosphere: Drug companies test out new strategies for improving access in poor countries David J. Olson, a global development communications and social marketing consultant, highlights how pharmaceutical company Novartis is trying to improve access to drugs for noncommunicable diseases in developing countries. The company has launched “Novartis Access, which is trying to find a commercial…More

Choose the Road to Zero Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths

  The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims takes place every third Sunday in November. It serves as a way to: Remember the millions of people killed and injured in road crashes as well as their families, friends and those affected; Pay tribute to the dedicated emergency responders, police and medical professionals who deal with the traumatic aftermath of road death and injury; Remind the international community, governments and individual members of society of their responsibility to make roads safer. According to the World Health Organization, about 1.25 million people die each year globally as a result of road traffic crashes. Road traffic injuries represent the leading cause of death among young people aged 15-29 years. More than 90% of the world’s road fatalities occur in low- and middle-income countries, even though these countries have approximately half of the world’s vehicles.

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

Leaders Must Take ‘Balanced Perspective’ To Inform U.S. Global Development, Foreign Policy…

Huffington Post: What a Trump Presidency Could Mean for the Future of Global Development & Foreign Policy Caroline Avakian, founder of SourceRise and managing partner at Socialbrite “There is still much left to play out in the upcoming weeks when it comes to President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign aid and global development policies but it is…More

All Hospitals In East Aleppo Close Following Intensified Airstrikes; U.S. Urges Russia To Take…

New York Times: Aleppo Bombs Leave Quarter Million ‘Living in Hell’ and Without Hospital Care “The remaining hospitals on the rebel-held side of Aleppo, Syria, have been badly damaged and forced to stop providing care amid an intensifying bombardment, according to the World Health Organization…” (Rubin/Saad, 11/20). Reuters: All hospitals in East Aleppo out of…More

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