What do we palliate? Caring for the sick and the poor

José1 is a man in his sixties from rural Guatemala with cancer spread to his bones. He describes deep aches of his shoulders and hips, Read More

How to take morphine in rural Guatemala

Rosa is a 59-year-old woman dying1 of a broken heart: in her heart is a hole that surgeons cannot fix, and the irregular flow of Read More

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


Trump Administration, Congress Should Continue Support For Global Fund

Houston Chronicle: Global Fund is effective in improving world health Michael Winters, a Houston volunteer with RESULTS “…Over the past 20 years, the United States has led the investment for global health during both Republican and Democratic administrations and Congresses. … The results of U.S. investment in global health are encouraging. … AIDS is dramatically declining.…More

A New WordPress App Update, Designed for the iPad

We’ve redesigned the iOS app to work even better for publishing right from your tablet.

The Future of mHealth

Earlier this month the Finnish mobile phone maker, Nokia, announced that they will be re-releasing an updated version of their legendary 3310 GSM phone. Since it was first released in the early 2000s, the Nokia 3310 has gained a cult following for its incredible durability, long battery life and compact design featuring an internal antenna. Many Europeans and Americans fondly remember the 3310 as their first mobile phone, a device that made meeting up with friends in a crowd easier and a device that provided endless hours of entertainment with the timeless game Snake. In the developing world, however, the Nokia 3310 was a lifeline. Owning a reliable, durable communications device that could go days without charging meant that millions of people could connect with relatives and friends in ways they never could before

Cutting, Reforming U.S. Foreign Aid Could Make Assistance More Effective, Efficient

Foreign Policy: Savaging State and USAID Budgets Could Do Wonders for Results Gordon Adams, professor at American University’s School of International Service and distinguished fellow at the Stimson Center, and Richard Sokolsky, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace “…Budget and political realities under the Trump administration are likely to force State and…More

Mexico City Policy Damaging To Women’s Health, Should Be Repealed

Toronto Sun: The trouble with Trump and the gag rule Farzana Hassan, columnist at the Toronto Sun “…I object to [the Mexico City policy] despite being a long-time advocate of the sanctity of human life even at its earliest and most fragile. The problems of [women in developing countries] are far too compelling for any…More

U.S. Congress Should Protect Progress Made In Global AIDS Response By Maintaining Funding

The Hill: It’s up to Congress to protect millions of people living with HIV around the world Jamila Headley, managing director of the Health Global Access Project and Aspen New Voices fellow “…President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal imperils the progress made over 13 years of PEPFAR and the Global Fund. The budget outline made…More

Trump Administration’s Travel Ban Discouraging Some Scientists From Coming To U.S., Traveling…

Nature: How the fallout from Trump’s travel ban is reshaping science “…Many foreign-born scientists say they are reconsidering plans to work or study in the United States, even though federal courts have indefinitely blocked U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The policy, which Trump signed on 27 January, sought to deny entry to citizens of…More

Global Health Community Must Engage Private Sector To Create Reproductive Health-Related…

Global Health NOW: Not Your Father’s Oldsmobile: Engaging Corporations on Reproductive Health David Wofford, vice president of Meridian Group International, Inc. and senior adviser on workplace policies at the Evidence Project “…The global health community needs to ask corporations to do more on reproductive health and rights policy and practice. … [T]he operations and policies…More

Managing Emergencies Effectively Is ‘Not A Partisan Matter’

POLITICO: Donald Trump, Master of Disaster? Jeremy Konyndyk, former director of USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance “…How an administration handles major emergencies like [Ebola] heavily shapes its legacy. Mismanaging a high-profile crisis can irreparably harm a presidency … But more importantly, it can have dire consequences for Americans at home, American interests abroad,…More

U.S. Must Continue Bipartisan Support For PEPFAR ‘To Do What’s Right’

The Hill: What America First really means Susan Michaels-Strasser, assistant professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, implementation director of ICAP at Columbia University, and public voices fellow with the OpEd Project “…As our country considers retreating and rebuilding to ‘Make America Great Again’ versus engaging in the wider world in both word…More

Australian Government Should Pledge Political, Financial Support For Sexual, Reproductive…

Human Rights Watch: The Australian Government Should Stand by Women Impacted by Global Gag Rule Elaine Pearson, Australia director at Human Rights Watch, discusses the potential implications of the Mexico City policy reinstatement and expansion on women’s health, foreign NGOs, and health clinics, writing, “This damaging policy restricts women’s choices, promotes censorship of critical health…More

Ebola Patients Need Better Treatment

Photo by Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In HealthPIH Co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer (center) and Strategic Adviser Dr. Bailor Barrie (left) speak with Ebola survivors in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Oct. 8, 2014

Economist Jeffrey Sachs Discusses Sustainable Development Goals, New Book In Project Syndicate…

Project Syndicate: PS On Air with Jeffrey Sachs Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, discusses his new book, Building the New American Economy, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals, with Christopher Granville, managing director of TS Lombard; Katharina Slodczyk, U.K. correspondent with Handelsblatt; and Carlos de Vega, a…More

Fecal Sludge Management Critical To Effective Sanitation Solutions In India

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: How our cities’ sanitation problem is damaging health Madhu Krishna, country lead for water, sanitation, and hygiene at BMGF, India, discusses the importance of fecal sludge management in India’s cities. She writes, “As states and cities start work on developing city-wide fecal sludge management systems, the ecosystem of…More

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