A timely editorial from Dr. Charles Mock @UW. Surgical Capacity Surveys: A Call for Papers on the Next Steps for Moving Beyond Descriptive Data – Read More
The World Bank will publish the nine volumes of Disease Control Priorities, 3rd edition, in 2015–16. Volume 1—Essential Surgery—identifies 44 surgical procedures as essential on Read More
A storm is brewing with the potential to create a global “public health crisis”, denying access to safe surgery and anesthesia for roughly a billion Read More
In our first couple of weeks with Gardens for Health International (GHI) in Rwanda, we were fortunate enough to visit a few of the families that had graduated GHI’s program so we would better understand the need for and the impact of our fight against childhood malnutrition. We were driven deep into the countryside and dropped off individually with different families that spoke very little or no English. I was introduced to my family in front of their mud and stick home, which they were waiting to expand when the rainy season returned and mud was easily available. The mother of the family, Clementine, greeted us at the road with her child on her back. Her husband was off doing some work nearby in the village
Photo: Rebecca E. Rollins/Partners In HealthPartners In Health clinicians and chlorine-solution sprayers receive patients in the triage area during the night shift Jan. 14, 2015, at the Maforki Ebola Treatment Unit in Port Loko, Sierra Leone. As a family of three leaves the ambulance, nurse Tim Cunningham swaddles the baby in a wrap. Inserting IVs into tiny veins, persuading sick children to eat, discerning the presence of other diseases, comforting children who are separated from their parents—the challenges of treating the youngest Ebola patients have proved medically difficult and emotionally brutal for Partners In Health clinicians and their colleagues in West Africa.
NPR: How ‘Flower Beds’ Give Love And Lentils To Moms And Babies “…In 2012, a group of tribal leaders worked with nonprofits and the government to launch the Fulwaris, which literally means ‘flower beds’ in Hindi. Fulwaris are a network of nurseries run entirely by moms in the community who take turns feeding and caring…More
Devex: Can mental health services spur economic growth in Ebola-affected West Africa? “The World Bank and the Liberian government, in partnership with the government of Japan, launched Wednesday a project designed to tackle unaddressed psychological trauma in Liberian communities affected by protracted civil war and a relentless Ebola outbreak. Developers of the project hope that…More
Thomson Reuters Foundation: Food supplements crucial to reduce child malnutrition “The addition of highly nutritious foods and supplements to the diets of poor mothers could help reduce child mortality and malnutrition in Africa and South Asia, food experts said on Thursday…” (Guilbert, 2/26).
Foreign Policy: Harder to Breathe Ira Triveldi, Indian novelist, yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and speaker “…Air pollution is an urgent public health crisis. More people in India die of chronic respiratory diseases and asthma than in any other nation in the world. … India’s environmental crisis is not just endangering human lives, but is also holding…More
EurActiv: Cancer is the poor parent of development aid “The absence of prevention, poor infrastructure, lack of medical staff, and late diagnoses, but also an increase in life expectancy in low-income countries, have made cancer Africa’s new health scourge. … As for developed countries, who are public aid providers to development, the fight against cancer…More