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Next Steps for Moving Beyond Descriptive Data in #globalsurgery

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

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Essential surgery: key messages from Disease Control Priorities, 3rd edition

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

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Is ketamine about to become inaccessible in low-income countries?

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

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Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Media Report – March 4, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Recently, an editorial written by Dr. Kent Stevens, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Associate Director for Trauma and Clinical Services, was featured on Read More


Malnutrition Close-up: Reflections from the Field

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


The Tiniest Ebola Patients

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.


Local Nurseries Network Lowers Rates Of Child Malnutrition, Improves Maternal Health In India

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


South Africa’s quadruple burden of disease

This week, Pooja Yerramilli returns to explore NCDs and the quadruple burden as barriers to economic and social development with Sandhya Singh – Director of Disease, Disability, and Geriatrics within South Africa’s Department of Health. Three years ago, I found myself on a bus in South Africa, with fifteen of my college classmates. We were on our way to Kruger National Park, after a week of volunteering and researching in Cape Town. As I stared out the window, appreciating rural South Africa’s beauty, a large billboard, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, caught my attention.


Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Media Report – March 3, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Recently, an editorial written by Dr. Kent Stevens, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Associate Director for Trauma and Clinical Services, was featured on Read More


Partners Hope Mental Health Services Project Will Help Foster Economic Growth In Liberia

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


Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Media Report – March 2, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Recently, an editorial written by Dr. Kent Stevens, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Associate Director for Trauma and Clinical Services, was featured on Read More


Nutrient-Rich Foods, Supplements Can Reduce Child Malnutrition, Food Experts Say

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).


Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Weekly Media Report – February 23-27, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS: In February, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) team members traveled to Kampala to participate in the second Uganda National Injury Forum, organized Read More


India Should Focus On Environmental Sustainability, Greener Growth, Sanitation To Solve Air…

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


Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Media Report – February 26, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS: In February, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) team members traveled to Kampala to participate in the second Uganda National Injury Forum, organized Read More


Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Media Report – February 25, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS: In February, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) team members traveled to Kampala to participate in the second Uganda National Injury Forum, organized Read More


Cancer Mortality Increasing In Africa, But Donors Continue Focus On Infectious Diseases

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


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