The view from Xejuyu’ is breathtaking: green fields of fresh berries, feathery carrot tops, and blossoming broccoli line the mountainsides. The majority of the residents Read More
Aid & Development
Because I’ve been having a lot of summer conversations with graduates and others wondering how to get a job in aid and development (and I have to admit, also because I’m up against a deadline and have no time to blog), thought I’d repost this ever-popular 2015 intro to a very useful book, plus other links. How to get a job in aid and development? …
Photo by Jon Lascher / Partners In HealthPartners In Health distributes doses of an oral cholera vaccine called Shanchol on May 15, 2012, in the Artibonite Valley region of Haiti. In a letter to The Washington Post, Partners In Health's Dr. Louise Ivers responds to last week's news that the U.N. acknowledged its role in bringing cholera to Haiti. Ivers is a PIH senior health and policy advisor who has been leading cholera treatment, prevention, and control activities in Haiti since 2010
Providing people with clean water has long been touted as the one basic necessity that can change everything for poor communities, by preventing diseases and reducing the time-and-labor burden on the women and children, mostly, who walk long distances to fetch it. Now, a floating, bubble-wrapped sponge may change how easily people can access clean water. Simply by
The Colombian government and the leftist FARC rebel group have finally reached a peace deal, the two sides announced on Wednesday, ending four years of negotiations and more than 50 years of conflict. “We have won the most beautiful of all battles: [the battle]of peace for Colombia,” said Iván Márquez, the FARC’s top negotiator. “The
New York Times: Dodging Accountability at the United Nations Editorial Board “It shouldn’t have taken five years and a scathing report by an internal human rights watchdog for the United Nations to acknowledge that it bears responsibility for the cholera epidemic in Haiti sparked by its peacekeepers deployed after the 2010 earthquake. … When a…More
Washington Post: Zika is spreading in Florida, but Congress still hasn’t approved cash to fight it Editorial Board “…Local governments and public health agencies are scrambling to control [Zika’s] spread, provide diagnostics, educate the public, and search for a vaccine. But instead of acting, Republican majorities in Congress have taken the emergency as another occasion…More
Global News Network Liberia: A path toward wealth and security: Investing in the health of Africa’s people Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group “…[U]niversal coverage of essential services requires a fundamental shift in the way health care is financed. [Universal health coverage (UHC)] means changing from a pay-as-you-go system … to pre-paying…More
STAT: Guinea worm, on the brink of eradication, puts up a surprisingly stubborn fight “The eradication of Guinea worm, thought to have been within grasp, is now at least several years away because of a major setback in the North African country of Chad, according to global health experts and others…” (Branswell, 8/26). Washington Post:…More
The Hill: U.S. to provide $138M in aid to South Sudan amid humanitarian crisis “The Obama administration on Monday announced a new aid package of nearly $138 million to South Sudan, as the planet’s youngest country struggles to confront a humanitarian crisis. … The new support includes nearly 58,000 metric tons of food and nutrition,…More
Quartz: WHO is stepping in to ease a food and health crisis in Nigeria’s camps for Boko Haram victims “Over the past year, Nigeria has made gains in the fight against Boko Haram, regaining territory and rescuing abducted citizens. But evidence of the terrorist group’s ruthless reign in the country’s northeast remains. Camps for displaced…More
A new paper in Science combines machine learning, nightlights, high-resolution daytime satellite images, and household surveys to map poverty in Africa. Marshall Burke (one of the authors) summarizes in this blog post: “First, we use lower-resolution nightlights images to train a deep learning model to identify features in the higher-resolution daytime imagery are predictive of economic activity. The idea here … is that nightlights are a good but imperfect measure of economic activity, and they are available for everywhere on earth. So the nightlights help the model figure out what features in the daytime imagery are predictive of economic activity. Without being told what to look for, the model is able to identify a number of features in the daytime imagery that look like things we recognize and tend to think are important in economic activity (e.g roads, urban areas, farmland, and waterways…). Then in the last step of the process, we use these features in the daytime imagery to predict village-level wealth, as measured in a few household surveys that were publicly available and geo-referenced”.
Consuming unsafe water results in infections that lead to illness or death from water borne diseases.