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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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Reproductive Health in Madagascar

I vividly remember the beginning of my trip to Madagascar to perform reproductive health research. At the end of providing an update to my mentor Read More

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Investing in Human Resources via Education Is Essential to Improving Access to Surgical and Anesthetic Care Across the Globe

The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery published a report on the state of global surgery in April 2015 reporting the staggering statistic that “5 billion Read More

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Meet the Health Workers Who Are Leading Us to an AIDS-Free Generation

It’s easy to say that an HIV diagnosis is no longer a death sentence—after all, it isn’t.We have antiretroviral therapies to keep viral loads down, PrEP to keep new infections from happening, and a greater understanding of how to manage and prevent the virus than ever before. We know that people who live with HIV today can do just that—live.But that doesn’t erase the fear the diagnosis brought for many of the 2.1 million people infected last year. Or the stigma. Or the lack of access to the health services and medicines they now need. The social, emotional, and physical tolls of the virus continue to destroy lives, even as we develop new ways to save them.Stigma, for instance, is what kept Agnes’s husband from seeking care when he got sick


A Call for Courage in Uncertain Times: Curbing HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa through Political…

The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues as a significant public health threat around the world, most notably in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Abraar Karan and Dr. Tom Coates explore the potential for political leadership in the region to strengthen communication strategies through which to influence public attitudes and behaviors.  The HIV/AIDS epidemic is now almost through its fourth decade since becoming established as a major public health concern in the early 1980s


In South Sudan, These Women Are on the Front Lines Fighting HIV—and the Stigma Still Attached…

“If not for Rita*, I would’ve been dead and buried years ago.”That’s what Grace* announced to me and eight women from her HIV peer support group. We sat in the dim light of Rita’s thatch-roofed home, each woman hip-to-hip in a circle.Grace has been “living positively” (her own words) for close to a decade. She first met Rita, the group’s leader, through a home-based care initiative initially funded by the South Sudan Red Cross Societies.Her family called her a “walking corpse” and wouldn’t take her in. Grace credits Rita for keeping her alive in the worst of times.


In Juba, Women Are on the Front Lines Fighting HIV—and the Stigma Still Attached to It

“If not for Rita*, I would’ve been dead and buried years ago.”That’s what Grace* announced to me and eight women from her HIV peer support group. We sat in the dim light of Rita’s thatch-roofed home, each woman hip-to-hip in a circle.Grace has been “living positively” (her own words) for close to a decade. She first met Rita, the group’s leader, through a home-based care initiative initially funded by the South Sudan Red Cross Societies.Her family called her a “walking corpse” and wouldn’t take her in. Grace credits Rita for keeping her alive in the worst of times. Times when she couldn’t raise her arms to boil a pot of water for breakfast


Variability of staffing and staff mix across acute care units in Alberta, Canada

The health workforce has a crucial position in healthcare, and effective distribution of the workforce is one of the critical areas for healthcare improvement.


Why markets should matter to health advocates

Today, one of global health’s biggest challenges—and opportunities—lies in strengthening the markets that make health products, services, and technologies available to those who need them most. New global goals challenge us to work together to improve the health of all people by 2030. But we won’t reach those ambitious targets—and most importantly, save the lives […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesWhat does the US election mean for global health?The politics of pneumoniaOxygen is a matter of life and breath ;


Nigeria Considering Innovative Financing Mechanism For Malaria Prevention

Financial Times: World Bank health care social impact bond fundraising targets Africa malaria “Malaria may not seem an obvious focus for financial markets but Nigeria plans an ambitious new instrument to tackle the heavy burden of the disease. If it goes ahead, the Innovative Financing for Malaria Prevention and Treatment/Control Project (Impact) will seek up…More


Friday Think: Could the next big idea in global health be a list?

A quick swab of the mouth or prick of the finger. In just a few minutes, a doctor can tell if a patient has an infection or if the sample must be sent to a lab to deliver results within days. It’s a routine occurrence in doctors’ offices across high-income countries every day. But in […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesWhat does the US election mean for global health?The politics of pneumoniaOxygen is a matter of life and breath ;


Funding For Family Planning Services Helps To Improve Access To Other Health Care For Women,…

News Deeply: Family Planning Provides Backbone for Health Care Delivery in a Crisis Aileen Gleizer, policy manager at Marie Stopes International “…Family planning is critical for preventing unintended pregnancies, maternal and infant deaths, and unsafe abortions. Funding for international family planning enables the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA),…More


What does the US election mean for global health?

After the initial shock of the 2016 election outcome, Washington, DC, is now in the throes of its new favorite sport: political armchair quarterbacking about what the new Administration and Congress will mean for various policy agendas. For those of us working in global health and development—and unlike in previous presidential transitions—little has been articulated […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe politics of pneumoniaOxygen is a matter of life and breathDelivering new traditions for greater health ;


Challenges for strengthening the health workforce in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic:…

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic is facing a critical shortage and maldistribution of health workers.


Young People in West Africa Are Leading Their Own Movement for Family Planning

The designation of “youth ambassador” may have started as a simple title, but as I witnessed at the Civil Society for Family Planning (CS4FP) Regional Workshop this month, it has grown to symbolize a movement.Since 2011, the CS4FP project has engaged dynamic, dedicated, impassioned young people from across francophone West Africa as family planning youth ambassadors. They’re tasked with educating and mobilizing their peers around reproductive health and family planning in particular—what it is, what it isn’t, and how it stands to influence their futures.Family planning has real impact on economic growth and job creation—topics that speak directly to young people. But these ambassadors also play another, less obvious role. Through events like this workshop, they educate and influence people in power, including government officials, civil society members, and religious leaders.The impact of family planning goes far beyond greater health and well-being, civil society coalitions and youth ambassadors argue.


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


Lack Of Foreign Policy Experience, Access To Trump’s ‘Inner Circle’ Could Affect Nominees…

BBC News: Nikki Haley: Does it matter that a U.N. ambassador has no foreign policy experience? P.J. Crowley, former U.S. assistant secretary of state “…Gaining international support for what America wants to do is all about politics


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