Realistic portrayal of the scientific community needed to combat science denial

With the recent release of the movie “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” I’m seeing a few blog posts and articles pop up about the hegemonic Read More


We need to incentivize antibiotic R&D better

Lena Theunissen holds a degree in International Relations from the University of Dresden. Currently, she studies medicine at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany. She is an Read More


“This race will be intense”: a look at elections for Director General of the WHO

This week, the World Health Assembly is meeting in Geneva. Elections for the next Director General of the World Health Organization is a top item Read More


News in the Humanosphere: Brexit could impact global development spending

Aid projects are on hold, careers are in limbo and new contracts are on the line as Britain votes on June 23 whether to leave or remain within the European Union. The so-called Brexit referendum will have an enormous impact on European aid priorities. And from there, the impacts will ripple across the development industry

U.S. diplomat talks with Maduro amid Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis

A senior U.S. diplomat has been meeting with Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro and his opposition this week to renew talks between the normally hostile governments and help prevent a humanitarian disaster in the recession-racked nation. Thomas Shannon, the U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, met Tuesday with several leading opposition figures, and on Wednesday

Friday Think: ATMs dispense clean water in Nairobi’s slums

Last summer, in the heat and heart of Nairobi’s largest slum—surrounded by corrugated metal roofs and drainage canals flooded with raw sewage—men, women, and children lined up to get their first taste of clean water. Earlier in the year, a series of water-dispensing machines were installed through a partnership between the Nairobi Water and Sewerage […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesHow the death of my friend inspired a lifesaving delivery kitThe profound effect of girls’ dreamsMy 30 years of hope, empowerment, and politics in reproductive health ;

Implementation Of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Associated With Reductions In…

Over the past two decades the number of opioid pain relievers sold in the United States rose dramatically.

Breaking down the record high of 65 million displaced people

For the first time in recorded history, the number of people displaced from their homes topped 60 million. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) released its annual report showing that 65.3 million people were displaced at the end of 2015 – that is one out of ever 113 people globally. Refugees make up 21.3 million

Realistic portrayal of the scientific community needed to combat science denial


With the recent release of the movie “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” I’m seeing a few blog posts and articles pop up about the hegemonic Read More

RIP Jo Cox

I worked with Jo (Jo Leadbeater as she then was) for several years at Oxfam, where she ended up being head of the advocacy team in Oxfam GB. My main memory is of her relentless optimism and tigerish energy – she bounced around the office. She was an activist’s activist (she didn’t have much time for what she called my ‘beardstroking’). In the words of …

Trump restricting press access shares similarities with world’s authoritarian leaders

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump announced Monday that his campaign revoked the press credentials for the Washington Post. It is the latest in a series of statements and actions by the candidate that seek to restrict press rights and access. His actions share more similarities with authoritarian leaders who crack down on critical reporting, than

Meetings with Remarkable Women: Shen Ye, Organic Activist and Chinese Rock Chick

Last post from my recent visit to Beijing If promoting organic farming through Oxfam partner Beijing Farmers Markets sounds a bit worthy, Shen Ye is anything but – she’s one of the funniest people I’ve met in years and during a morning spent visiting farms on the outskirts of the City, was both fascinating and reduced me to repeated fits of giggles, with her mixture of …

U.S. Continues To Work Toward Advancement Of Global Gender Equality

Council on Foreign Relations: What the United State of Women Means for Global Issues Catherine Russell, U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, discusses U.S. efforts to advance global gender equality, including the National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security; the U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence; and the U.S. Strategy to…More

U.K. foreign aid debate shows cross-party support, rather than division

The British House of Commons debated Monday over whether the U.K. should maintain its commitment to spend 0.7 percent of national income on foreign aid after an e-petition urged the government to reconsider its pledge. Concerns that the government would reverse its spending pledge were quickly allayed by general agreement among speakers that foreign aid

Public Health or Politics: The Recent History of America’s Gun Epidemic and What Public…

James Michiel is an American public health technologist and writer. He holds an MPH in Epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health, is currently a Senior mHealth Analyst at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and also serves as a Senior Technical Consultant for NCDFREE. In this brief essay, he responds to the Orlando tragedy with an examination of the impact of America’s epidemic of gun violence and how we might use Public Health and Policy to change it. On November 14, 2013, the eminently qualified Harvard physician, Dr. Vivek Murthy, was nominated by President Barack Obama to become the 19th United States Surgeon General.

U.S. presidential campaign in the Humanosphere #4: On the brink of a female president, finally

This is the fourth story in a running series of dispatches providing analysis on issues that come up in the U.S. presidential primaries and election that are relevant to the Humanosphere. Global poverty and inequality will get scant attention from the campaigns, but issues raised and ideas tabled during the process will have an impact

Brexit supporters are wrong; the U.K. benefits from migration

With the referendum vote to determine whether the U.K. will stay or leave the European Union just two weeks away, the debate over what the country should decide has intensified. There are numerous issues at play, but it is immigration that has galvanized support for Britain to leave (aka Brexit). As a rising number of migrants and

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