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


Sebastiana’s eyes: a reflection on providing care

After a long and warm clinic day seeing kids in one of the Mayan communities we work, I asked Yoli, our auxiliary nurse in charge Read More


Sharing truths of terminal illness in rural Guatemala

Over the last four years I have visited communities in rural Guatemala with Wuqu’ Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance, a civil society organization providing health Read More


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.

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

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

President-Elect Trump Can Take Steps To Make Progress In Cancer Moonshot, Other Health…

The Hill: How Trump can aim the ‘Cancer Moonshot’ toward the stars Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen, and Eric T. Rosenthal, independent journalist, and both co-chairs of cancer forums for the Concordia Summit “…[President-elect Donald Trump] should review carefully — and critically — … the future of President Obama’s ‘Cancer Moonshot’ initiative,…More

Breast Cancer-Free, 3 Years and Counting

Her daughter’s wedding was one of the highlights of Isemelie Bazard’s life; it was also something the 64-year-old Haitian street vendor had doubted she’d live to see. In March 2013, Bazard was diagnosed with breast cancer. Treatment options were frighteningly few, so chances were slim she would see her daughter get married later that year. When she heard about a recently opened hospital in Mirebalais, she decided to try her chances. On May 23, 2013, Bazard became the first patient to undergo surgery at University Hospital, which is run by Zanmi Lasante, as Partners In Health is known in Haiti

Better Access To Cancer Prevention Education, Screening Needed In Americas, Expert Says

Humanosphere: Cancer prevention in the Americas is ‘social justice’ issue, experts say Humanosphere journalist Lisa Nikolau discusses cancer prevention and treatment challenges in the Americas. She quotes Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, professor in preventive medicine and founder of the Center for Health Equity in the Americas (CenHealth), who urged “education, early screening, and better access to language- and…More

Low-Cost Health Interventions Could Prevent Hundreds Of Thousands Cancer-Related Deaths Among…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Cheap cancer measures could save hundreds of thousands of lives in poor countries “Health interventions costing as little as $1.72 per person could prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths from breast and cervical cancer in developing countries, scientists said on Tuesday. Nearly 800,000 women die of cervical and breast cancer every year,…More

WHO’s IARC Asked Panel Members Not To Disclose Documents Under U.S. FOIA, Reuters Reports

Reuters: EXCLUSIVE — WHO cancer agency asked experts to withhold weedkiller documents “The World Health Organization’s cancer agency — which is facing criticism over how it classifies carcinogens — advised academic experts on one of its review panels not to disclose documents they were asked to release under United States freedom of information laws. In…More

Gavi, Girl Effect Launch Partnership To Increase HPV Vaccine Demand In 3 African Nations

The Guardian: $10m campaign targets cervical cancer among girls in sub-Saharan Africa “A partnership worth $10m (£8.1m) to increase the uptake and awareness of a vaccine to protect girls from cervical cancer, which has higher death rates in sub-Saharan Africa than any other cancer, was launched on Tuesday. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, announced it is…More

Changing Social Norms Around Girls’ Health Critical To Uptake Of HPV Vaccine, Preventing…

Huffington Post: Beating Cervical Cancer In The Developing World — A Game-Changing Partnership To Create A ‘New Normal’ For Girls Farah Ramzan Golant, CEO of Girl Effect “…Too often, negative social norms about what girls should and shouldn’t do, as well as myths and misconceptions, act as barriers preventing adolescent girls from accessing health services…More

Can diets be climate friendly and reduce obesity at the same time?

As part of NCDFREE’s current focus, #FeastOfIdeas is a unique global campaign, crowdsourcing solutions worldwide to reduce the burden of NCDs. This is the first article in our October series delving deeper into how we can use food to solve our biggest health challenges. By 2050, 25 million more children will be malnourished because of climate change impacts on our food systems. Wen Hao explores how to balance the complex issue between food security and reducing obesity levels worldwide.  This startling statistic comes from a 2009 report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), which compares models of crop growth under two climate scenarios.

NIH Officials To Discuss Funding Of WHO Cancer Agency With U.S. Lawmakers, Reuters Reports

Reuters: Exclusive: U.S. lawmakers to investigate funding of WHO cancer agency “Officials from the U.S. government’s health research agency are to be questioned by a congressional committee about why taxpayers are funding a World Health Organization cancer agency facing criticism over how it classifies carcinogens. An aide to the U.S.

Zika Funding Delay, Shortfall Will Hurt Cancer, Other Disease Research Efforts, U.S. Health…

CNN: Zika funding falls short but will be well spent, health officials say “…The [$1.1] billion dollars Congress just gave the fight on Zika will be well spent, even if it’s not enough and much too late. That’s the message from Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell and key public health officials Monday…”…More

Cuban Scientists Make Progress In Various Health Research Areas Despite Multiple Challenges

Nature: Can Cuban science go global? “…For a country whose entire gross domestic product (GDP) is just half of what the U.S. government spends on research, Cuba punches above its weight in some areas of science. Fueled by relatively generous government support, biomedical researchers have managed to excel at creating low-cost vaccines, developing cancer treatments,…More

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