Pediatric Critical Care in Botswana

Botswana is a small, landlocked country in Southern Africa that is widely considered a development success story. Although the country is hailed for its impressive Read More


Sebastiana’s eyes: a reflection on providing care

After a long and warm clinic day seeing kids in one of the Mayan communities we work, I asked Yoli, our auxiliary nurse in charge Read More

Reaching out our community with flu vaccinations.

Investigación y docencia en Venezuela: en contra de todas las dificultades

Venezuela es la puerta de entrada a Sur América. Ubicada al norte del continente y bañada por el mar Caribe, es uno de los puntos Read More


Sci-Hub and medical practice: an ethical dilemma in Peru

Sci-Hub is a pirate repository of scientific papers launched in 2011, and currently hosts more than 46 million articles. Thousands of people use this repository every day to access information, reaching more than 200 000 daily downloads of scientific articles that they would otherwise have to buy.1

A feasibility study on using smartphones to conduct short-version verbal autopsies in rural…

Currently there are two main sources of mortality data with cause of death assignments in China.

Looking good but doing harm? Perceptions of short-term medical missions in Nicaragua


Stopping Viruses that Don’t Respect Borders

CDC’s Global Immunization Plan In the first seven months of 2016 alone, 13 states reported outbreaks of measles, a highly infectious disease that killed 400 to 500 Americans a year and hospitalized nearly 50,000 more as recent as the 1950s. With the advent of the measles vaccine, routine immunizations, and the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program, measles is no longer endemic (it was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000). But regular measles outbreaks, caused by travel to places with outbreaks (such as England, France, India, Philippines) and pockets of communities with unvaccinated people, as well as other viruses newly imported into the U.S., underscore the importance of improving global immunization.

Improving Care Transitions Management: Examining the Role of Accountable Care Organization…

Objective Examine the extent to which physician organization participation in an accountable care organization (ACO) and electronic health record (EHR) functionality are associated with greater adoption of care transition management (CTM) processes.

Pediatric Critical Care in Botswana


Botswana is a small, landlocked country in Southern Africa that is widely considered a development success story. Although the country is hailed for its impressive Read More

Happy birthday to me: On half centuries and legacies

This time tomorrow, fifty years ago, I came into the world and spent the proceeding twenty-seven years trying to figure out what the hell I was doing here. With the summer of 1993 came something of a rebirth, one that put me on the path to where I am today. But the years before were dominated by prolonged spells of frustration, searching and disappointment. It feels, at times, that I’ve only lived half a life, which is probably why I don’t feel anything like the fifty I’ll be tomorrow. Birthdays with significant numbers often bring with them periods of reflection, although reflecting is something I tend to do on a regular basis

Life as the Only Doctor Atop Mexico’s Sierra Madre

Photos by Leslie Friday / Partners In HealthDr. Martha Arrieta (right) gives Marina López advice about how to care for her sick son, 3-year-old Wilmer Godínez, at a public clinic in Monterrey, Chiapas. Marina López held her 3-year-old son, Wilmer Godínez, snug in her lap. The boy’s spiky black hair and worried eyes peered out from the gray woven cloth in which he was wrapped. It was difficult to tell who was more nervous as the mother and son sat in Dr.

Professional medical associations in low-income and middle-income countries

From a historical perspective, Professional Medical Associations (PMAs) were developed as groups with a shared scientific interest or established by the authorities to act as a regulatory body.1 PMAs have different roles based on which country they are located in and the health-care system in which they operate. PMAs can be involved in: education and training including Continuing Medical Education (CME), licensing, regulation, ethical issues, setting standards including clinical guidelines, and representing doctors interests.

Improving completeness of birth and death registration in rural Africa

Vital registration is a key element of modern societies and necessary for functioning of the rule of law. Birth and death certificates are necessary to guarantee numerous rights and duties to individuals and families. However, with a few exceptions (such as islands), no African country has achieved a complete system of civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS).

NCDs in humanitarian crisis

Sylvia Kehlenbrink graduated from medical school at the Charité-Universitätsmedizin in Berlin and completed her residency training in Social Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She has done clinical and translational research with the Global Diabetes Institute at Einstein College of Medicine focused on underserved populations in Uganda and India. In June 2015, she started her fellowship in Endocrinology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She is also a fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative with the long-term goal of joining global efforts in addressing non-communicable diseases, esp.

Sebastiana’s eyes: a reflection on providing care


After a long and warm clinic day seeing kids in one of the Mayan communities we work, I asked Yoli, our auxiliary nurse in charge Read More

Doctor Competence and the Demand for Healthcare: Evidence from Rural China

Summary The agency problem between patients and doctors has long been emphasised in the health economics literature, but the empirical evidence on whether patients can evaluate and respond to better quality care remains mixed and inconclusive.

Examining the influence of country-level and health system factors on nursing and physician…

A key component to achieving good patient outcomes is having the right type and number of healthcare professionals with the right resources.

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