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License to Serve: US Trainees and the Ebola Epidemic

Before medical school, Sara L., now a fourth-year resident, worked for 6 years as a microbiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While Read More

2014 Social Determinants of Health events

2014: Year of the Social Determinants of Health?

As I reflect on the major events of 2014, I’m surprised by the underlying themes of social inequality and a global desire to do things better. Read More

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A reminder that not everything that counts can be counted

In a recent blog post by Morten Jerven, we are reminded that: Not all that counts can be counted Data does not = statistics There Read More

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2014 Annual Conference “Cities and Development: Urban Determinants of Success”

DRI’s annual conference took place on November 18, 2014 in the Rosenthal Pavilion of NYU Kimmel Center.  350 guests attended to hear the presentations and discuss research that examines cities as dynamic units at which development happens. The event was co-hosted by the NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management. Program and Speakers: Download the conference program with speaker bios here. Photographs (courtesy of Dave Anderson): Videos (courtesy of Dave Anderson): Click to view conference abstract The success and failure of cities reveal powerful development forces which are hard to see on a national scale


WHO, Donor Nations Face Criticism From U.K. Parliamentary Committee For Slow Ebola Response

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Donors and WHO responded too slowly to West Africa Ebola outbreak: report “The World Health Organization (WHO) and the nations that fund it failed to respond quickly and effectively to the deadly West Africa Ebola outbreak despite repeated warnings by aid agencies, a U.K. parliamentary committee said on Thursday. … The U.K.’s…More


Global Life Expectancy Up More Than 6 Years From 1990; Southern Africa Still Facing Declines…

News outlets report on a new study, led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and published in The Lancet, showing a global increase in life expectancy. Agence France-Presse: Global life expectancy rises: study “People around the world lived on average to a ripe old age of 71.5 in 2013, up from 65.3 in…More


U.N. Emergency Response Fund Receives Nearly $420M In Pledges, Falls Short Of $450M Request

U.N. News Centre: Donors pledge over $400 million for 2015 U.N. rapid humanitarian response fund “International donors have pledged $418.6 million for a United Nations fund aimed at enabling the speedy delivery of humanitarian aid into the epicenters of crisis zones around the world, falling short of a broader appeal made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon…More


Myanmar’s Malaria Successes Highlight Need For Collaboration, Trust Building Among National,…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Fight against malaria unites old foes in Myanmar “…The need to collaborate is even more pressing now as progress in fighting malaria is threatened by parasite resistance to drugs used to treat the disease, which is spread by mosquitoes. … Aung Kyaw Htwe, the government’s health director of Kayin state, said that…More


Experimental Blood Cell Transplants To Treat HIV Fail, Researchers Report

Associated Press: A fresh setback for efforts to cure HIV infection “Researchers are reporting another disappointment for efforts to cure infection with the AIDS virus. Six patients given blood cell transplants similar to one that cured a man known as ‘the Berlin patient’ have failed, and all six patients died…” (Marchione, 12/17).


Obama Should Sign Water For The World Act To ‘Improve The Lives Of Millions’

The Hill: Mr. President, sign the Water for the World Act Hugh Evans, chief executive officer of the Global Poverty Project, and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) “…Last week, this bipartisan bill passed unanimously in the House of Representatives. And on Monday, the Senate passed it by unanimous consent.


U.S. Academic Medical Centers Must Strike Balance Between Risk Management, Duty To Serve In…

New England Journal of Medicine: License to Serve — U.S. Trainees and the Ebola Epidemic Lisa Rosenbaum, NEJM national correspondent “…While much attention has been paid to readying [U.S. academic medical centers (AMCs)] to care for Ebola patients in the United States, there has been little discussion about the role they should play in international…More


amfAR Grants Will Support Research On HIV Service Delivery Among Key Populations In LMICs

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research: amfAR Announces New Grants to Support Implementation Science Research Among Key Affected Populations “In an effort to address the unrelenting disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on gay men, other men who have sex with men (MSM), and transgender individuals — collectively known as ‘GMT’ — amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS…More


License to Serve: US Trainees and the Ebola Epidemic

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Before medical school, Sara L., now a fourth-year resident, worked for 6 years as a microbiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While Read More


2014: Year of the Social Determinants of Health?

2014 Social Determinants of Health events

As I reflect on the major events of 2014, I’m surprised by the underlying themes of social inequality and a global desire to do things better. Read More


A reminder that not everything that counts can be counted

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In a recent blog post by Morten Jerven, we are reminded that: Not all that counts can be counted Data does not = statistics There Read More


Private Financial Backing, Strong Coordination Can Help Eliminate NTDs

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The Guardian: Pills, philanthropy, and parasitic worms Ellen Agler, chief executive, and Warren Lancaster, senior vice president of program, both at the End Fund “…The global movement to end NTDs has seen significant momentum in recent years. One of the most promising aspects of this is that new partners have joined the efforts, including private…More


USAID Administrator Shah To Leave Post In February

Associated Press: U.S. international aid head to step down “The head of the U.S. Agency for International Development says he will step down from the post in February. USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah has led the agency since 2010…” (12/17). Devex: Rajiv Shah to step down as USAID administrator “…With Shah’s departure from USAID, the White…More


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