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By Global Bioethics
When I was in Maputo last week, the big ethics issue in the country had nothing to do with biomedical research. There was a buzz about a possible doctor’s strike. But the doctors I met said it was actually a bluff: the government would open negotiations before the strike deadline, the medical association would craft some sort of compromise, and the whole thing would blow over. On the other hand, Doctors in Mozambique did go on strike back in January for nine days, though there are conflicting reports as to the extent of the strike. Well, today they are striking again.
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By Center for Health Market Innovations
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On average, men aren’t as healthy as women. Men don’t live as long, and they’re more likely to engage in risky behaviors, like smoking and drinking. But in the past decade, global health funding has focused heavily on women. via The Unsafe Sex: Should The World Invest More In Men’s Health? : Shots – Health [...]
This is a guest post by Anita Chary. Anita is an MD/PhD student in anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. She is also the research director for Wuqu’ Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance. Cancer rates are rapidly rising in Latin American countries, according to a recent report published in the Lancet . Low- and [...]
By Eldis Jobs
Organization: Development and Training Services Country: United States of America Closing date: 17 Jul 2013 Economic Growth and Financial Services Specialist– The individual is responsible for providing technical support to program implementation in one or more of the following technical areas and other related areas as appropriate: Private Sector Engagement (micro & macro), Resource Economics and Financing, Public-Private Partnership and Global Development Alliance (GDA) Development, Sustainable Tourism, Ecotourism, and Recreation Development, Economic Planning and Development, including Income Generation and Diversification, Economic Rent or Fee for Management Program Development, etc. Qualifications ■ Fluency in English ■ MA, PHD, JD or equivalent combination of education and work experience in related field ■ At least 8 years of relevant experience in one of the technical areas listed above ■ Must have a minimum of 3 years working in a developing countries ■ Demonstrated experience in relevant technical areas How to apply: RNIGON@ONLINEDTS.COM
Recently I participated in a roundtable on the future of carbon markets at the Center for American Progress. The discussion, co- sponsored by Climate Advisers, was co-chaired by former U.S. senator Tom Daschle and former EPA administrator Carol Browner, and included CAP chair John Podesta. Jim Kim, the president of the World Bank, made opening remarks. In other words, the participants included lots of insiders who know a thing or two about how Washington works—and doesn’t
By Eldis Jobs
Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Syrian Arab Republic Closing date: 31 May 2013 A. Background The protests that started in Syria in March 2011 have led to the present conflict in which, millions of people are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. Among them, 4.25 million are internally displaced while it is estimated that around 5000,000 people sought refuge in countries neighboring Syria, mainly in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq. Based on the trends of the past 18 months, it is anticipated that those currently being assisted in countries of asylum are likely to remain longer accommodated in refugee camps, host arrangements or public buildings, while the number of internally displaced population forced to leave their homes and living in host families, in collective centres, or other forms of temporary accommodation may continue to need live saving assistance to cope with the severity of their current living conditions. Many escaped in a rush carrying very limited personal belonging if at all and are now facing the hardship of the winter.
I'm a little late to this, but recently Chris Blattman set off an interesting debate by criticizing Bill Gates' recent interest in the quality of GDP statistics in Africa. Chris worries that Gates is falling into the trap of "seeing like a state" — i.e., from the top down, obsessing over national statistics — rather than a bottom-up entrepreneur who, presumably, couldn't care less about aggregate GDP numbers. As part of a working group looking at “Data for African Development” together with the African Population Health Research Centre in Nairobi, I'm here to defend the idea of "seeing like a state" in 21st century Africa. I just think Bill Gates is doing it wrong. Seeing like a State vs Seeing like a Donor I don’t mean to pick on Bill Gates.
By Global Bioethics
Dispatch from Maputo, Mozambique. As far as I know, the European Union has sent me here to discuss ethical issues in research with new ethics committee members. In the past, there was only one ethics committee in Mozambique, whose original mission was to review all health-related research. As requirements to get ethical approval (for funding, for publication, etc.) get more strict, and the number of local research studies involving human participants rises, having just a single committee is no longer workable or sustainable. So they are wisely decentralizing into a number of institutionalized ethics committees around the country.
By PLoS Medicine Blog
Dr. Lucy Chappell, Collection Editor of Measuring Coverage of Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, explains what researchers of MNCH in High Income Country settings can learn from the Collection. In the middle of 2012, I took on the task of Collection Editor for the PLOS Collection Measuring Coverage of Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health. But what did coverage measurement mean and why should it matter? These last nine months have opened my eyes to the importance of the topic and the challenges that are faced.
By PLoS Medicine Blog
Kristine Husøy Onarheim and Johanne Helene Iversen from Universities Allied for Essential Medicines write about the broken system for drug development, and how governments are given an opportunity to address it. The member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) will meet at the World Health Assembly later this month to discuss WHO’s follow-up of the report of the Consultative Expert Working Group (CEWG) on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination, and the follow-up report issued by the WHO Secretariat after an open-ended member state meeting in November last year. It has long been recognized that “Market mechanisms, and also publicly-funded research, collectively result in far too little investment in research and development on diseases that mainly affect developing countries. This means that poor people suffer and die because there are no effective health technologies like medicines, vaccines or diagnostics”. Discussions on how to ensure innovation of and access to medical technology addressing diseases disproportionally affecting the poor dates back decades, and several commissions and working groups have been set down by the WHO on request from member states to examine the problem and possible solutions
The government’s austerity policy of pruning back welfare benefits and social care could “set the country back even further” in terms of child poverty and child wellbeing, with the very poorest in society hit hardest, a landmark report from the British Medical Association says. via Austerity policy may increase child poverty, doctors say | Society [...]
To curb drunken driving, the federal National Transportation Safety Board has voted to recommend that states tighten the legal limit for drivers’ blood alcohol. via Feds Push For Lower Alcohol Limits For Drivers : Shots – Health News : NPR.