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Motorbikes Speed Up HIV Test Results In Malawi

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3.7 million in South Sudan face severe hunger crisis

Woman sits with food aid, in the north of South Sudan. ECHO Hunger looms over South Sudan. World leaders have spent the past few weeks trying to raise the alarm to garner enough public attention and funding to prevent a hunger crisis. Some 7 million people are at risk of food insecurity. The UN launched … Continue reading →

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Private health care for diarrhea in Africa kills 20,000 kids annually

A nurse gives oral rehydration salts to a two-year-old in Sierra Leone. UNICEF Children in sub-Saharan Africa who suffer from diarrhea are receiving lifesaving treatment at a lower rate when visiting private hospitals as compared to public ones. Closing that gap would save an estimated 20,000 lives each year. When a child present signs of … Continue reading →

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Dr. Paul Farmer Reflects on Medicine and the Boston Marathon Bombing

The morning rush begins outside of University Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti. Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In Health Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners In Health, delivered this address at the Celebration of Partnership event on April 28, 2013, at Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais (HUM) in Haiti. We’re publishing it for the first time, in gratitude to all who helped make possible University Hospital’s first year of services, and in remembrance of the victims of the Boston marathon bombing one year ago


U.N. Documents Show Syrian President’s Efforts To Cut Off Food Supplies To Rebel-Held Areas

Foreign Policy: Exclusive: U.N. Docs Expose Assad’s Starvation Campaign in Syria “Internal United Nations documents show modest improvements in the delivery of desperately needed food inside rebel-controlled areas of Syria. But the documents also point to a mass exodus of Syrians into areas controlled by President Bashar al-Assad in part because the dictator is the…More


Motorbike Couriers Speed Lab Sample Delivery In Malawi

Owen Nyaka, a member of the Key Correspondents Network supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog about how the “Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) plans to work with motorcycle couriers Riders for Health to expand the laboratory samples transportation network in Malawi.” He notes,…More


IHP news 267: Happy Easter!

Dear Colleagues, It’s Friday, so my coffee consumption is going through the roof. The Christians among you probably have other things to do this weekend, so we’ll keep this intro short. The atheists, agnostics, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and new agers among you will surely not mind. As for the “Socialist” who has his very own religion, global health, maybe this weekend is a good time to chant his planetary manifesto together with his beloved ones.   In this week’s guest editorial, Agnes Nanyonjo ( from the Malaria Consortium Uganda, and also an EV 2012) provides some of her impressions of the 2014 Geneva Health Forum, focusing mostly on day 1 of the three-day conference


From health systems to systems for health

Agnes Nanyonjo (Malaria Consortium Uganda &  EV 2012)     The 2014 Geneva Health Forum attracted a multitude of participants from different sectors to the world health capital. They gathered for three days of debate on integration and interconnectedness of health care, as this year’s theme was ‘Global Health: Interconnected Challenges, Integrated Solutions’. The sessions by and large were designed to encourage interaction among participants and had session formats ranging from freewheeling fish bowls, a world café, … to more traditional ones like Q&A, debate etc. Integration can mean different things to different people working in different sectors, as has been previously highlighted by Rifat Atun, one of the plenary session speakers at the Forum. He stated in a 2010 Health Policy and Planning paper for example that “systematic analysis of the relative merits of integration in various contexts and for different interventions is complicated as there is no commonly accepted definition of ‘integration’—a term loosely used to describe a variety of organizational arrangements for a range of programmes in different settings.“ As panel discussants burst out into debate, this became all too clear: from integrated disease care over integrated provision of health service packages to multisectoral approaches to health, different views of integration abounded according to people’s perspectives and experience.


Motorbikes Speed Up HIV Test Results In Malawi

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See more here: Motorbikes Speed Up HIV Test Results In Malawi


3.7 million in South Sudan face severe hunger crisis

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Woman sits with food aid, in the north of South Sudan. ECHO Hunger looms over South Sudan. World leaders have spent the past few weeks trying to raise the alarm to garner enough public attention and funding to prevent a hunger crisis. Some 7 million people are at risk of food insecurity. The UN launched … Continue reading →


Private health care for diarrhea in Africa kills 20,000 kids annually

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A nurse gives oral rehydration salts to a two-year-old in Sierra Leone. UNICEF Children in sub-Saharan Africa who suffer from diarrhea are receiving lifesaving treatment at a lower rate when visiting private hospitals as compared to public ones. Closing that gap would save an estimated 20,000 lives each year. When a child present signs of … Continue reading →


Imams in Senegal Are Not against Family Planning

This piece originally appeared on Impatient Optimists.According to the March 15 Washington Post article “Family planning program in Senegal drawn into conflict with religious leaders,” Senegal’s family planning program clashes with the country’s traditional culture and religious beliefs. But the article presents a one-sided and stereotypical view of the reality of family planning in Senegal. It quotes one imam (or Muslim religious leader) and uses a few scattered quotes to suggest that all, or even most, Islamic leaders in Senegal are against family planning. This is not true. Planning births has been part of Islam for a long time, and we allow and encourage modern methods that allow for birth spacing. We see family planning as essential for the health of both mothers and children and for the wellbeing of families. Pitting Islam against modernization is not accurate; it fosters stereotypes of Muslims and Africa that we need to move beyond.We have not been brainwashed by international donors to support family planning. Allyn Gaestel, author of the article, wrote:“Largely financed by international donors, the program is part of a global campaign that aims to give 120 million more women around the world access to contraception by 2020.For supporters of the program, the benefits of contraception are clear: better health for women and children, economic benefits and smaller families.This last justification, smaller families—and so smaller populations—has drawn the women’s health program into conflict with religious leaders and rekindled suspicions about the motivations for international aid.”Yes, there are rumors in Senegal that Islam forbids family planning and contraception


Blog Post Examines IHME Report On Global Health Financing

A post in the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog examines the “Financing Global Health 2013: Transition in an Age of Austerity” report published by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation. “While development assistance to middle and low-income countries for global health reached an all-time high last year, assistance for ‘the main…More