A Lancet editorial examines the global crisis of severe acute malnutrition in children, noting “19 million children younger than five years had severe acute malnutrition (SAM) worldwide in 2011, most of whom lived in Africa and southeast Asia,” and “more than seven percent of all deaths in this age group were attributable to this disorder.”…More
What is “behavior change?” This popular technical term is used increasingly in the global health and development sectors to describe any sort of strategy or…
Sub-Saharan Africa has some of the world’s highest rates of chronic malnutrition among children. Now, the United Nations children’s agency has put a price tag…
The following is a summary of opinion pieces examining the needs of children around the world this holiday season. Marion Roche, Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog: Noting “[d]iarrhea remains the second leading cause of death in children under five years old” and “is also the leading cause of malnutrition in children under five,” Roche, a technical…More
For the past five years, our partners at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School have brought together some of the brightest and most ambitious minds around the world for the Global Health Delivery Summer Intensive (GHDI), a month-long program for global health professionals. We’re happy to announce that the application process for the 2014 program is officially open. Over the month of July, participants will explore epidemiologic methods, applications of biostatistics, and the principles of health care delivery in resource-limited settings, among many other subjects. The non-degree program features three credit-bearing courses and draws on the expertise of various Partners In Health clinicians, including Drs. Paul Farmer and Joia Mukherjee.
“Known as mobile money, electronic currency can be stored on a mobile phone and, using a personal identification number, converted into cash at designated points and transferred to other mobile phone users,” which facilitates “[g]etting cash … to remote rural communities after a natural disaster like an earthquake or a hurricane,” the Thomson Reuters Foundation/Christian…More
Last week in Stockholm, Sweden, I was asked to present an insight into the links between food and global health to the Swedish Medical Society Conference; a brief outline on the parallels and overlap between what we eat, the systems that produce and support that consumption, and the health of our populations. Now this is no easy task – and not because the overlaps are limited – quite the opposite – but because I had only 10 minutes to do it in! With this in mind, I proposed just 5 of the reasons why food is, and must be, a Global Health Issue. Reason number one, we are what we eat. Put simply, globally, locally and individually – we are what we eat.
Dear Colleagues, This week we go for a short newsletter as we’re in Cape Town for the 2013 EV venture. All apologies. Also, we just learnt that Nelson Mandela passed away, after a long struggle. Even the best of us die someday, sadly. In fact, at this very moment, people are singing outside, remembering the man who meant so much for this country.
“Nearly one month after Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines, displacing more than four million people, health experts are trying to lower the rising risk of malnutrition among 1.5 million children under five, and help hundreds of thousands of women continue breastfeeding,” IRIN reports. “‘What is easily seen in the aftermath of the typhoon is…More
“A new assessment by the United Nations has found that harvests in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are up for the third year running, but warns that chronic malnutrition persists,” the U.N. News Centre reports (11/29). “A mission by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) visited North…More
In time for International Day of People with Disability this week, London School of Economics and Yale graduate Pooja Yerramilli returns to discuss the importance of disability inclusive development and innovative partnerships to empower persons with disabilities worldwide. “I am very happy. I stand on my own feet – but it was not always this way,” twenty-six year old Mohammad Rafiuddin told me. Rafiuddin is a Hindi language trainer at Tata Business Support Services Ltd (TBSS) in Andhra Pradesh, India. As his family’s sole wage earner, he uses his annual salary of Rs.
Dear Colleagues, Plenty of news this week, with the WHO financing dialogue (2nd event in Geneva); the release of a number of working papers by ‘The UNAIDS and Lancet Commission: Defeating AIDS — Advancing global health’; some brief coverage of events (like the European development days in Brussels and ITM’s annual colloquium in Bangalore); the December issue of the Lancet Global Health; the usual Global Fund update, even more important with the Global Fund Replenishment coming up; World Aids day is also approaching, … so HIV will again feature quite prominently in this newsletter. In Cape Town, the 2013 Emerging Voices face to face programme started, preparing for the ICASA conference. We will join them next week (which also implies that next week’s newsletter will probably be much shorter, hurray!). On 25 November, the International day of ending violence against women was celebrated.
Dear Colleagues, This week our colleague An Appelmans wrote the introduction to this newsletter. She will soon leave ITM, on Friday 13th apparently. After a rather drastic ‘Facebook status’ update last year, when she played the lead role in ‘One Wedding and Four Kids’, An is now looking for greener pastures. She will be missed in Antwerp, as a friend and as a very committed colleague. Below you find her ‘farewell message to global health’.