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


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


Controversy over transparency: why non-profits need to disclose their “real” overhead ratio

“The fact is an average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in our humanitarian services and programs.”[1] This is Read More


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

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 ;

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 ;

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 ;

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

Three wins this week, for tackling obesity

When it comes to obesity in Australia, the statistics are alarming – and generally getting worse. The national prevalence of obesity has increased significantly over the past few decades. Roughly three in ten Australian adults are now obese, with a further 36% classified as overweight. Together, that’s almost two in three of us. Seven in every 100 children are obese (and around one in four, overweight or obese) – an increase from almost zero in 1980

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

Killings, curse words can’t keep Duterte’s popularity down in the Philippines

The rest of the world may be horrified by the deadly drug war and colorful words of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, but his constituents think he’s doing an “excellent” job, according to the latest surveys.

White House issues executive order formalizing agency roles in Global Health Security Agenda

Categories: U.S. Policy and Funding“No single nation can be prepared if other nations remain unprepared to counter biological threats . . .” Executive Order Advancing the Global Health Security Agenda to Achieve a World Safe and Secure from Infectious Disease Threats, Nov. 4, 2016 Guided and monitored by a council of high-level representatives of at least a dozen U.S. […](Read more…)

Nations Must Make Commitments To Improving Health, Reaching For Sustainable Development

Devex: Opinion: Leading from the top to promote health and sustainable development Margaret Chan, WHO director general “Next week, more than 1,000 global leaders in politics, health, and development will meet at the Global Conference on Health Promotion in Shanghai to underscore the links between health and sustainable development, and to chart a joint way…More

The politics of pneumonia

Pneumonia and politics don’t typically fall into the same sentence. However, pneumonia made its way to the political stage this year when two US presidential candidates were diagnosed—and successfully treated—for the infection. What didn’t make the headlines, however, was pneumonia’s tragic claim to fame—that it kills more children under five years of age than any […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesOxygen is a matter of life and breathThe race to immunize a country—and a little girl named PreciousA picture of vitality: reversing the tuberculosis trend ;

What a Trump Presidency Might Mean For Global Health

Last week, the world was shocked by the news that Donald Trump would become the next United States President. In this post, Emory University’s James Michiel takes a first look at how this surprising result might influence global health in the coming years. ON Wednesday 9th November, America woke up to the shocking news that, after a long, bitter election cycle, Donald J. Trump, the reality television star and controversial businessman, had bested former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to become the next President of the United States. The news was a startling surprise to those who had trusted the statisticians and prognosticators who had predicted a sweeping victory for the Democratic nominee, and a terrifying shock to those who have been disgusted by Trump’s oftentimes violently racist and misogynist rhetoric throughout the campaign

Global health science, funding, policy and the 2016 election . . . We’re reading some of the…

Categories: UncategorizedThe Lancet: U.S. Election 2016 – While much of this Lancet issue focuses on domestic issues, from the Affordable Care Act to the impacts of economic opportunity on well being, it provides a comprehensive overall look at candidates’ approaches to health and health care access, and includes an article by Washington correspondent Susan Jaffe on […](Read more…)

To Celebrate or Morn Ushahidi For USA Elections?

Today Americans go to the polls across the country to choose the next President of the United States. Yet, leading up to this day, there was much talk of long lines, ballot issues, voter suppression, and witnessing violence – all depressing thoughts to Nat Manning, who was upset by this awful attempt to undermine that beautiful thing we call transition of power and the will of the people. Like many of us, Nat is often inspired to do something about issues he cares about, and luckily he knows something about election monitoring software, so he set up usaElectionmonitor.com and mobilized a team of volunteers to track the US election with Ushahidi, a software designed by Kenyans and Americans to track the Kenyan elections. It wasn’t just Nat, either. “There are some issues in this U.S.

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