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Child mortality worldwide is down, but it’s not always clear why

Somali mother cradles her malnourished, ill child UN Child mortality is widely recognized as an indicator of a community’s overall health, with reductions in child deaths often cited as evidence of the impact of a particular intervention. Two high-profile events in Washington, DC, and Johannesburg, South Africa recently celebrated the progress made worldwide in reducing maternal … Continue reading →

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The west’s peanut butter bias chokes Haiti’s attempts to feed itself | Rashmee Roshan Lall

Rashmee Rosahn Lall, Guardian Development Network | “Local provider of food to tackle malnourishment faces closure because aid agencies buy subsidised products from abroad.” The west’s Read More

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West Africa’s Ebola epidemic: preventable?

Lisa Denney, Poverty Matters | “The gaps in Sierra Leone’s health system reflect need for support so that such diseases do not wreak havoc in Read More

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U.N. Top Humanitarian Official Calls For Changes In Relief Delivery

Associated Press: U.N. humanitarian chief calls for aid revamp “The U.N.’s top humanitarian official called Thursday for major changes in the delivery of relief, as funding falls short because of a growing number of conflicts and disasters…” (7/23).


U.N. Scales Up Humanitarian Aid Drops By Air Amid Multiple Refugee Crises

News outlets report on the refugee crises in South Sudan, Lebanon, Syria, and Central African Republic, noting the U.N. is stepping up air delivery of humanitarian assistance. Christian Science Monitor: U.N. refugees in S.


U.N. Security Council Votes To Back Aid Delivery In Syria Despite Government Objections

News outlets report on the U.N. Security Council’s decision to back aid delivery in all parts of Syria despite objections from the government. New York Times: U.N. Council, in Unanimous Vote, Backs Aid Delivery to Syrians in Rebel Areas “Despite objections by Syria’s government, the United Nations Security Council voted 15 to 0 on Monday…More


U.N. Set To Address Aid Delivery In Syria, Asks Europe To Help More Refugees

News outlets report on the ongoing crisis in Syria, where aid delivery is hampered by fighting. New York Times: Bid to Deliver Aid to Syria May Set Stage for a U.N. Clash “The United Nations Security Council was potentially headed for a showdown on Monday over getting food and medicine to millions of needy Syrians…”…More


Child mortality worldwide is down, but it’s not always clear why

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Somali mother cradles her malnourished, ill child UN Child mortality is widely recognized as an indicator of a community’s overall health, with reductions in child deaths often cited as evidence of the impact of a particular intervention. Two high-profile events in Washington, DC, and Johannesburg, South Africa recently celebrated the progress made worldwide in reducing maternal … Continue reading →


Relationship between professional antenatal care and facility delivery: an assessment of…

The determinants of maternal and child health have been the recurrent topics of study in developing countries.


Health system strengthening in Myanmar during political reforms: perspectives from…

Myanmar has undergone a remarkable political transformation in the last 2 years, with its leadership voluntarily transitioning from an isolated military regime to a quasi-civilian government intent on re-engaging with the international community.


When do vertical programmes strengthen health systems? A comparative assessment of…

Objective Disease-specific programmes have had a long history in India and their presence has increased over time.


A people’s movement against chronic disease

This week, in time for the UN NCD Review meeting in New York City, Dr. Jeremy Schwartz makes the case for a strong civil society movement against global Non-Communicable Diseases.   In some way or another, every one of us has been touched by a chronic disease. Words like hypertension, diabetes, and cancer are part of our everyday vocabulary. But most people I speak with believe that these diseases only affect people in rich countries- that these are not afflictions of the world’s poor.


The west’s peanut butter bias chokes Haiti’s attempts to feed itself | Rashmee Roshan Lall

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Rashmee Rosahn Lall, Guardian Development Network | “Local provider of food to tackle malnourishment faces closure because aid agencies buy subsidised products from abroad.” The west’s Read More


Lions Clubs Commit Money, Volunteers To Help Prevent Measles

Huffington Post: Roaring Ahead to End Measles Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…One of the most contagious viral diseases ever known, measles claims the lives of 330 people every day. Tackling this formidable disease takes a unique kind of determination — and the [Lions Clubs] have exemplified…More


West Africa’s Ebola epidemic: preventable?

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Lisa Denney, Poverty Matters | “The gaps in Sierra Leone’s health system reflect need for support so that such diseases do not wreak havoc in Read More


50th anniversary of the Master of Public Health course at ITM

This speech was given by professor Bart Criel (ITM) at the graduation ceremony of this year’s MPH students (July 3rd). Dear Ladies and gentlemen, dear colleagues, dear MPH graduates, This ceremony for the 50th anniversary of our Master of Public Health (MPH) course is a time to celebrate, to acknowledge the achievements of the course, to thank a great many people, but also to reflect on the way forward … It is with humility that I stand here. My role in and contribution to the MPH is relatively recent and therefore limited. But it is an honor for me to be addressing you on this occasion, and I like to see myself as a spokesman of the many people who have contributed to this Masters… I would first like to briefly take you through the highlights of the history of the MPH  from 1964 till today; discuss some of the most important recent changes; but also reflect on the future… The Antwerp MPH has a long and passionate story. Describe it as an opportunity to pay our respect to the late Harrie Van Balen and the late Pierre Mercenier, the founding fathers of the course.


No more catch 22: Saving mothers and babies in Peru

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By Dr. Mario Tavera Salazar, a UNICEF pediatrician specializing in maternal and child health care in the rural Amazonian basin. I will retire this year after 22 years at UNICEF, having witnessed a transformation unprecedented in my country’s history. Our problems are more complex than they once were, and less amenable to inexpensive solutions, so progress is still uneven and we have a long way to go.


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