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Refocusing Global Health Research to Meet Local Needs

Gemma Bowsher – A 21st century upgrade for global health | The Lancet Global Health Blog.  “The current academic system is failing to meet the Read More

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Child mortality worldwide is down, but it’s not always clear why

Somali mother cradles her malnourished, ill child UN Child mortality is widely recognized as an indicator of a community’s overall health, with reductions in child deaths often cited as evidence of the impact of a particular intervention. Two high-profile events in Washington, DC, and Johannesburg, South Africa recently celebrated the progress made worldwide in reducing maternal … Continue reading →

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The west’s peanut butter bias chokes Haiti’s attempts to feed itself | Rashmee Roshan Lall

Rashmee Rosahn Lall, Guardian Development Network | “Local provider of food to tackle malnourishment faces closure because aid agencies buy subsidised products from abroad.” The west’s Read More

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Refocusing Global Health Research to Meet Local Needs

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Gemma Bowsher – A 21st century upgrade for global health | The Lancet Global Health Blog.  “The current academic system is failing to meet the Read More


Health Workers Pay the Ultimate Price in the Fight against Ebola

“I am afraid for my life, I must say, because I cherish my life,” said Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, one of the leading doctors fighting the spread of the Ebola virus in eastern Sierra Leone.Last week, Dr. Khan’s fears came true when he was diagnosed with Ebola virus disease. He succumbed to the deadly disease yesterday and died at the very same hospital in Kenema where, just a few weeks ago, he was treating patients from the nearby district of Kailahun.Dr. Khan is only one among a growing list of medical workers who have been infected while battling the spread of Ebola across West Africa.In Sierra Leone, 40 nurses and other frontline health workers have died in the line of duty.In neighboring Liberia, two prominent doctors—Dr Samuel Brisbane, a Liberian doctor, and Dr. Kent Brantley, an American doctor from North Carolina working for Samaritan’s Purse—have been infected with the disease while treating patients.The disease has a fatality rate of up to 90%.  Losing Dr.


Dr. Christian Osae Obirikorang: "I’m a Health Worker"

Spend one minute with Dr. Christian Osae Obirikorang, a lecturer in the Department of Molecular Medicine at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology’s School of Medical Sciences in Kumasi, Ghana. He explains why he chose to focus on health worker educator and how he thinks eLearning will help his school train more doctors and other much-needed medical professionals. IntraHealth’s Carol Bales and Gracey Vaughn interviewed Dr. Obirikorang during a documentation trip to Ghana.We are going to improve knowledge transfer from the faculty members to the students.


Can Robots Put the Sexy Back in Primary Health Care?

How would you feel about seeking medical care from your local community health robot?Two articles in Sunday’s New York Times got me thinking. First Louise Aronson’s op-ed, The Future of Robot Caregivers, asked me to consider a whole new group of health care providers: robots.Aronson does not pose some way-out futurist idea; she lists specific probabilities of our imminent future when robots will be taking our temperatures and bringing us our meds. In Japan, robots are already employed to support the needs of aging adults. We see robotics used in surgery, but we don’t often think of robots as part of a team of health workers or as partners in providing community outreach.As professionals who study health systems, my colleagues and I at IntraHealth International are continuously seeking better ways to meet the growing health demands of our expanding populations and aging communities with the limited human and financial resources available.


U.N. Top Humanitarian Official Calls For Changes In Relief Delivery

Associated Press: U.N. humanitarian chief calls for aid revamp “The U.N.’s top humanitarian official called Thursday for major changes in the delivery of relief, as funding falls short because of a growing number of conflicts and disasters…” (7/23).


U.N. Scales Up Humanitarian Aid Drops By Air Amid Multiple Refugee Crises

News outlets report on the refugee crises in South Sudan, Lebanon, Syria, and Central African Republic, noting the U.N. is stepping up air delivery of humanitarian assistance. Christian Science Monitor: U.N. refugees in S.


It’s Time to Measure the ROI (Return on Innovation)

It’s time to look holistically at the costs and benefits of introducing and scaling up eHealth and mHealth initiatives.In 2008, the Bellagio eHealth Call to Action called upon the global health community to stop rearranging health care to try out the newest or sexiest technology, and to start working together to integrate technologies into improved health service delivery practices, to focus on sustainability, and to ensure interoperability.We have come a long way.Coalitions of practitioners and researchers, such as the mHealth Working Group, are building on what works. These groups are continually advancing the field so that new technologies respond effectively to needs with sustainable solutions. We have guidelines and tools such as the World Health Organization mTerg’s mHealth Evidence Taxonomy, which categorizes mHealth interventions and innovations against a framework of health systems constraints.We also have the mHealth Evidence database by K4Health, a clearinghouse of technology-related interventions and research information.And we have the USAID ASSIST mHealth Systems Strengthening Framework for leveraging mHealth to strengthen health systems.These are just some of the guidelines and tools that global experts have developed to build the evidence base and improve research on how mHealth can best support improving health services for low- and middle-income countries. But we still have a way to go.What will be the full cost if the program is scaled up to a national level compared to current costs? Costing is one area where we are just starting to break ground. We are already calculating some costs: the costs of phones, airtime, training, program development, IT support, and even policy changes and technology upgrades.


U.N. Security Council Votes To Back Aid Delivery In Syria Despite Government Objections

News outlets report on the U.N. Security Council’s decision to back aid delivery in all parts of Syria despite objections from the government. New York Times: U.N. Council, in Unanimous Vote, Backs Aid Delivery to Syrians in Rebel Areas “Despite objections by Syria’s government, the United Nations Security Council voted 15 to 0 on Monday…More


Global Health Needs More Strange Bedfellows, Unorthodox Partnerships

This piece originally appeared on the Huffington Post.In Tanzania, the non-profit group IntraHealth International works with a cotton gin to provide circumcision services to their male employees and collaborates with local police to bring together 400 motorcycle taxi drivers to learn about road safety and HIV prevention. Both projects are funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The African Christian Health Associations Platform, based in Kenya, is working with Novo Nordisk and Johnson & Johnson that provide Christian health associations in several countries with technical support, training and drugs to combat diseases like diabetes, HIV and opportunistic infections.Those are examples of an increasingly common approach to development. It used to be that a donor would sit down with the ministry of health to work out the design and implementation of a new global health initiative, with no significant input or involvement of other stakeholders. Those days, thankfully, are long gone.Nowadays, it’s widely recognized that more stakeholders need to be consulted, both in the design and the execution of an intervention


U.N. Set To Address Aid Delivery In Syria, Asks Europe To Help More Refugees

News outlets report on the ongoing crisis in Syria, where aid delivery is hampered by fighting. New York Times: Bid to Deliver Aid to Syria May Set Stage for a U.N. Clash “The United Nations Security Council was potentially headed for a showdown on Monday over getting food and medicine to millions of needy Syrians…”…More


Financial Commitments To Improve Agriculture Can Help Prevent Food Crises

Devex: We can prevent another food price crisis Josh Lozman, deputy director of program advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…This year, African leaders have recommitted to investing in agriculture at their annual leaders’ summit, but there is currently a significant financing gap toward these plans. The support of programs like [the Global…More


Child mortality worldwide is down, but it’s not always clear why

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Somali mother cradles her malnourished, ill child UN Child mortality is widely recognized as an indicator of a community’s overall health, with reductions in child deaths often cited as evidence of the impact of a particular intervention. Two high-profile events in Washington, DC, and Johannesburg, South Africa recently celebrated the progress made worldwide in reducing maternal … Continue reading →


Fairness in healthcare finance and delivery: what about Tunisia?

Anecdotal evidence on hidden inequity in health care in North African countries abounds.


Performance-based financing with GAVI health system strengthening funding in rural Cambodia: a…

Introduction Though Cambodia made impressive gains in immunization coverage between the years 2000 and 2005, it recognized several health system challenges to greater coverage of immunization and sustainability.


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