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


U.S. House Committee Chair Asks NIH Officials To Release Documents Related To Work With WHO’s…

Reuters: Exclusive: U.S. congressional committee demands answers on WHO cancer agency “The chairman of a U.S. congressional committee investigating taxpayer funding of a World Health Organization cancer agency has asked U.S. health officials to release crucial documents. In a letter seen by Reuters and sent on Thursday to the head of the National Institutes of…More

Haiti’s New Pathology Lab Accelerates Cancer Diagnosis

Cecille Joan Avila / Partners In HealthProphete Lagrénade, a histopathology technician, holds a tissue sample in the new pathology section of the regional reference laboratory. Inside a white-washed room the size of a generous walk-in closet, three Partners In Health laboratory technicians and a pathologist meticulously slice tissue samples and embed them in paraffin. They are the first employees to christen the new pathology section in the Mirebalais Regional Reference Laboratory. To outside observers, their work may seem tedious. But to cancer patients, it’s lifesaving

Our Year in Photos

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Hospital in the Hills: Rising Above Cancer in Rwanda

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Implementation of next generation sequencing into pediatric hematology-oncology practice:…

Background: Molecular characterization has the potential to advance the management of pediatric cancer and high-risk hematologic disease.

The effect of a germline mutation in the APC gene on β-catenin in human embryonic stem cells

Background: Most cases of colorectal cancer (CRC) are initiated by inactivation mutations in the APC gene, which is a negative regulator of the Wnt-β-catenin pathway.

2016: The Year in Quotes

Photo by Cecille Joan Avila / Partners In HealthEarly morning in Butaro, Rwanda. “If it weren’t for this hospital, I would be dead.” Isemelie Bazard, a 64-year-old street vendor who underwent surgery and chemotherapy at PIH’s University Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti. The cancer center at University Hospital performed free biopsies for 1,600 patients and delivered chemotherapy to roughly 15 patients per day in 2016. The full story.

Innovation, Partnerships, Political Will Critical To Addressing Global NCDs

Project Syndicate: Confronting the Next Global Health Challenge Jörg Reinhardt, chair of the Novartis Board of Directors “…[W]hile mortality rates from infectious diseases are declining, developed countries’ sedentary lifestyles, tobacco use, and poor diets are catching on in the developing world, and [noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)] such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer are increasing at…More

Case Numbers Of Liver, Other Cancers Rise Significantly Worldwide, Especially In Poor…

NPR: Liver Cancer Is Becoming A Top Killer In Poor Countries “The number of new cancer cases grew worldwide to 17.5 million in 2015 from 13.1 million in 2005. And the fastest growth is in some of the world’s poorest countries, according to a report on the global burden of cancer in the Dec. 3…More

Senate Passes $6.3B 21st Century Cures Bill, Including Cancer Moonshot Initiative

POLITICO: Biden’s farewell gift: Cancer moonshot helps pass $6.3 billion research bill “…The $6.3 billion 21st Century Cures bill was approved by the Senate Wednesday in an overwhelming 94-5 vote and is now headed to the White House as one of the last pieces of legislation to be signed into law by President Barack Obama.…More

Introducing a Special Issue of PLOS Medicine: Clinical Implications of Cancer Genomics

Senior Editor Richard Turner discusses the contents of the Cancer Genomics Special Issue’s first week. This month, PLOS Medicine’s content is devoted entirely to our special issue on the clinical implications of cancer genomics—two leading

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

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