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Broken Lives: A Health Crisis in Palestine

The Arabic word samoud means steadfast perseverance. However, the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip Read More

My global health journal list

In this post, I would like to offer some thoughts on global health journals. My goal is to assist readers of this blog who consume, Read More

Nutrition label use in Latin America

Imagine you live in a rural village in Latin America, and you have the choice to buy either an egg or potato chips to complement Read More


Health Workers in Rural Tanzania Find a Connection in the Health Network Programme

March 29, 2017 Our team traveled to the Lake Zone’s remotest facilities to find out how users can get more from HNP. “As you can see, my boss and I are the only two health workers serving at this facility,” a nurse named Martha told us at a local dispensary in Tanzania’s remote Geita region. “I normally take charge of the facility in his absence,” she said. “It has always been a challenge reaching out to him for assistance in such moments. Due to lack of airtime credits, sometimes I just beep his number and wait for him to call back.” We talked with over 1,000 health workers like Martha.

Trump Administration’s Budget Blueprint ‘Shortchanges Basic Scientific Research’ Across…

New York Times: The Trump Administration’s War on Science Editorial Board “…[President Trump’s] first budget blueprint is a cramped document that sacrifices American innovation to small-bore politics, shortchanging basic scientific research across the government — from NASA to the Department of Energy to the National Institutes of Health — in ways that can only stifle…More

Trump’s Budget Would Set Back Global Health and Triangle Jobs

March 27, 2017 In addition to affecting our safety, cuts to federal programs would ripple through our global health community here in North Carolina. This post originally appeared in the News & Observer. President Trump’s proposed budget would have a profound negative impact on the health of people around the world—including those in both our country and our state. The administration’s proposed budget makes significant cuts to global health and development funding, including an 18% cut to the Health and Human Services budget, a 29% cut to the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and a 31% cut to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

U.S. Global Health Leadership, Funding Encourages Other Nations To Prioritize Public Health…

Washington Post: When the U.S. funds global health, other countries do too Amy S. Patterson, professor of politics at University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. “…Public health experts say that cuts to U.S.

UNC Student Josie Caves Granted the Raluca Iosif Intimate Partner Violence Research Award

Under the Raluca Iosif Intimate Partner Violence Research Award, Josie Caves will contribute to the academic body of knowledge related to fatal intimate-partner violence. Photo courtesy of Josie Caves. March 23, 2017 The 2017 Raluca Iosif Intimate Partner Violence Research Award has been granted to Josie Caves, a doctoral student at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. The award will support Caves’s research on the differing factors that contribute to intimate-partner violence that manifests as homicide as compared to homicide/suicide. IntraHealth International launched the Raluca Iosif Intimate Partner Violence Research Award in partnership with the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center in 2016 to honor our former colleague, Raluca Iosif.

WHO rejects false reporting regarding counterfeit medications to Iraq

WHO rejects erroneous and fabricated reports published on Friday 17 March 2017 in some online media claiming that a spokesperson from the organization made a statement regarding “counterfeit medication donated to Iraq.”

For Midwives in Togo, Counseling Clients on Contraceptives Is Often a Balancing Act

March 22, 2017 Voluntary informed choice is personal and complicated. When Mrs. Iwu arrived at the maternity ward at Atapkame Regional Hospital in Togo, she was bleeding heavily—experiencing her second miscarriage. It may have been the result of multiple closely spaced pregnancies. At 43, Mrs

How Mobile Technology Is Transforming Lives in Rural India

March 21, 2017 Women health workers in rural India are using a mobile app to educate pregnant women about maternal and neonatal danger signs. This post originally appeared in TechCrunch. Deep in a rural village in India outside the city of Jhansi, children play on dirt roads where goats and cows roam. The humble and colorful homes have mud floors, and women collect drinking water from wells.

What’s new in education research? Impact evaluations and measurement – March round-up

Here is a curated round-up of recent research on education in low- and middle-income countries, with a few findings from high-income countries that I found relevant. All are from the last few months, since my last round-up. If I’m missing recent articles that you’ve found useful, please add them in the comments!

10 Hens and Hope in Chiapas

Photo by Francisco Pablo Francisco / Partners In HealthFamilies arrive with cardboard boxes to carry home their new flocks in Laguna del Cofre, Chiapas. Mud-splattered pickups were parked alongside a dirt road in Laguna del Cofre, Chiapas, a small town hugging the Sierra Madres in southern Mexico. Nearby, a group of women and curious children stood holding cardboard boxes. It was a cloudy morning two days after Christmas, and they were receiving a long-awaited gift. It wasn’t toys or clothes, nor candy canes or other sweets, but a package of 10 hens and a rooster.

Innovations to Accelerate Universal Internet Adoption

Mobile and internet services have the power to transform lives, offering life-enhancing financial, health, and many other services, as well as the simple ability to express oneself to one’s family and community. Yet millions of people in emerging markets lack access to these services, and even those who have access often do not adopt services, because of constraints arising from limited affordability, perceived value, and ability to use the services. The resulting access and adoption gaps threaten to exacerbate existing economic and social inequities facing low-income, rural communities in emerging markets, particularly among women and girls. The Market Alone Will Not Deliver The market alone will not close the access gap. Over time, industry investment in mobile and fixed networks in the developing world may increase and extend existing network coverage, but will likely not expand to connect marginalized populations in unconnected and under-connected geographies because of the high capital and operational costs and low profit potential.

Welfare reform negatively impacts the health of single moms

Publication date: May 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 180 Author(s): Kimberly Narain, Marianne Bitler, Ninez Ponce, Gerald Kominski, Susan Ettner The Personal Responsibility Work Opportunity and Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 imposed time limits on the receipt of welfare cash benefits and mandated cash benefit sanctions for failure to meet work requirements.

Global monitoring of safety of immunization in pregnancy

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At the Farmers’ Fair, Growers Display Foods for a Healthier Tajikistan

March 17, 2017 Health workers are reaching beyond their health facilities to educate communities on the power of food and water. Food and water—can’t live without ’em. They are two of the most basic necessities for a healthy life, and yet 793 million people around the world remain undernourished and 780 million people don’t have access to clean drinking water. We’re working to change that. IntraHealth International’s Feed the Future Tajikistan Health and Nutrition Activity (THNA) is helping health workers educate their communities about the power of food and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) so they can change eating habits and foster a healthier, more productive society for generations to come

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