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“This race will be intense”: a look at elections for Director General of the WHO

This week, the World Health Assembly is meeting in Geneva. Elections for the the next Director General of the World Health Organization is a top item Read More

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Science, global health, and irrational health behaviors

Ed. Note: Sara Gorman will be joining us once a month to highlight different aspects of her forthcoming book on science denialism.  Have you ever Read More

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Why the World Can’t Wait for Universal Preschool

As a pediatric resident I spend a lot of time with preschool-aged children in the hospital or at clinic. I have the privilege of watching Read More

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Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly update

Delegates at the World Health Assembly have agreed resolutions and decisions on air pollution, chemicals, the health workforce, childhood obesity, violence, noncommunicable diseases, and the election of the next Director-General.


Aging populations strain resources for health care in Colombia

Populations are aging – that is to say, there’s a growing proportion of older adults compared to the rest of society – across the Americas. While not a concern in itself, aging populations are a concern for mental health care in countries such as Colombia, where 41 percent of older adults have symptoms of depression,


SciDev.Net Interviews IRC Technical Adviser About Menstrual Hygiene Research Ahead Of World Day

SciDev.Net: Periods are the next frontier of humanitarian response “…The third ever Menstrual Hygiene Day, celebrated [May 28], is a sign that these issues are gaining wider recognition. It is also encouraging to find menstrual hygiene research beginning to shape the agendas of international relief organizations. … I rang Nicole Klaesener-Metzner, an [International Rescue Committee…More


U.S. Should Support WHA Resolution On Breastfeeding

The Hill: It’s time to support breastfeeding Asma Lateef, director of the Bread for the World Institute “…A resolution being drafted at the World Health Assembly this week would go far in protecting mothers from inappropriate promotion of breastmilk substitutes and other foods marketed as suitable for children younger than three years old. The resolution…More


Ending Hunger, Malnutrition Requires Partnerships, Cooperation, Gender Equality

Huffington Post: Ending Hunger for Good Åsa Skogström Feldt, president and CEO of the Hunger Project “On May 28, groups around the world will come together to honor World Hunger Day … Experts agree that tackling malnutrition is not only the right thing to do, but it also makes economic sense. … So what can…More


How to Reduce Misinformation with ICTs in Rural Kenya

Misinformation poses a problem to development both in the developed and developing world. With the rise of ICTs, particularly social media, misinformation is propagated faster and wider and therefore threatens development. Misinformation fuels violence, hinders public health, governance, and other development efforts. If ICTs can be used to propagate misinformation, why not use the same to counter misinformation? The Sentinel Project is using ICTs to map and counter misinformation that can lead to violence, hence preventing communities from succumbing to mass atrocities


Menstrual health education: a key to nurturing confident girls

Anshu, a teenager who lives in a village in Raebareli District of Uttar Pradesh, India, was a friendly and lively girl. But when she reached puberty, she had very little information about how to manage her menstruation, and she began to lose her confidence. During those days each month she did not venture out from her […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesHealthy markets: essential to improving health and saving livesThe profound effect of girls’ dreamsJosé Jerónimo: a cancer hero among us ;


‘Let’s Move It’ – a school-based multilevel intervention to increase physical activity…

Physical activity (PA) has been shown to decline during adolescence, and those with lower education have lower levels of activity already at this age, calling for targeted efforts for them.


Evaluation of an Australian health literacy training program for socially disadvantaged adults…

People with low literacy and low health literacy have poorer health outcomes.


Taiwanese Health Minister Signals Desire To Work With China On Public Health Issues

Associated Press: Taiwan minister hopes to work with China on health issues “Taiwan hopes to work with China to help improve the health of people ‘on both sides of the Taiwan Strait’ and is engaging more with the world to fight viruses like Zika, MERS, Ebola, and dengue, the Taiwanese health minister said in an…More


Into the Light: Treating Schizophrenia in Chiapas

Photos by Leslie Friday / Partners In HealthCommunity health worker Eudeli Velasquez (left) checks the pillbox of her patient, Rosemberg Lopez, who lives with schizophrenia in Reforma, Chiapas. Dr. Enrique Valdespino had no idea a man lived locked inside a shack three blocks from the clinic in rural Reforma, Chiapas, where he practiced medicine. Nor that the man, 52-year-old Rosemberg Lopez, had been living there for years.


Epidemiology and Reporting Characteristics of Systematic Reviews of Biomedical Research: A…

by Matthew J. Page, Larissa Shamseer, Douglas G. Altman, Jennifer Tetzlaff, Margaret Sampson, Andrea C. Tricco, Ferrán Catalá-López, Lun Li, Emma K.


First-time parents’ shared representation of postpartum depressive symptoms: A qualitative…

Publication date: July 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 160 Author(s): Erin J.


“This race will be intense”: a look at elections for Director General of the WHO

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This week, the World Health Assembly is meeting in Geneva. Elections for the the next Director General of the World Health Organization is a top item Read More


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