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Crowdfunding for Global Health: a novel solution or temporary fix? 

By Elizabeth Sherwin and Katia Cnop Elizabeth Sherwin was the Watsi Fellow working with Maya Health Alliance in Guatemala for 2016-2017. Katia Cnop is a Read More

Creating Consensus on HICs’ Global Surgery Efforts in the Developing World

Today, 830 childbearing women will die from avoidable causes, mainly in the developing world, and mainly from lack of surgical intervention. (1,2) They are among Read More

The burden of the gift of aid

The splendor of Lake Atitlán is unreal. No water should be so blue, no sky so clear, no hills so lush. The lake is a Read More

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165K Children In Mali Face Severe Acute Malnutrition In 2018, UNICEF Warns

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Rising number of children prey to deadly malnutrition in conflict-hit Mali: U.N. “Tens of thousands of children in Mali are prey to life-threatening malnutrition as violence and displacement fuel a deepening nutrition crisis in the West African nation, the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) said on Monday…” (Guilbert, 9/9). U.N. News Centre:…More


U.N., Bangladesh Health Ministry Begin Cholera Immunization Campaign Among Rohingya Refugees;…

Associated Press: U.N. starts cholera vaccinations in Bangladesh among Rohingya “U.N. agencies and Bangladesh’s health ministry began a massive cholera immunization campaign Tuesday to stem a possible outbreak of the water-borne disease among more than a half million Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh. No cases of the potentially life-threatening…More


Nearly 400 Suspected Plague Cases Detected In Madagascar, WHO Reports

CIDRAP News: Plague outbreak in Madagascar spikes to almost 400 cases “Over the past five days, 230 new suspected plague cases were reported in Madagascar, with the disease spreading to seven more of the country’s districts, the World Health Organization (WHO) said [Monday] in an update…” (Schnirring, 10/9). Newsweek: Deadly Madagascar plague outbreak could also…More


Australia Launches Indo-Pacific Health Security Initiative At WHO Regional Committee Meeting

Devex: New initiatives put regional health security at the forefront of Australian aid priorities “It has been 20 years since Australia last hosted the World Health Organization Regional Committee for the Western Pacific. This year, as host of the 68th session in Brisbane from October 9 to 13, Australia marked the occasion with major announcements…More


ICRC Significantly Reduces Health Care Presence In Afghanistan After Attacks On Staff

New York Times: Red Cross Reduces Presence in Afghanistan After Staff Is Attacked “After 30 years of medical work during some of Afghanistan’s bloodiest times, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Monday that it was drastically reducing its presence in the country after a series of attacks on its staff. … Heavy…More


U.N. Seeks More Funds To Address Rohingya Refugee Crisis In Bangladesh; WHO Sends Cholera…

Devex: In Bangladesh, an unfolding humanitarian crisis “…Now, nearly six weeks on from the start of the crisis, conditions in the camps [in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh,] are still being described as chaotic as thousands of exhausted, traumatized Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority, continue to pour in daily, and aid agencies struggle to handle the influx.…More


Former President Carter Praises South Sudan’s Work Toward Eradicating Guinea Worm

Associated Press: South Sudan winning against Guinea worm, says Jimmy Carter “War-torn South Sudan ‘should serve as an example’ for other countries in the progress it is making in eradicating Guinea worm, said former United States President Jimmy Carter. Speaking to the Associated Press, Carter praised the world’s youngest nation for making steady progress in…More


New Initiative Aims To Bring More Affordable Cancer Drugs To 6 African Countries

New York Times: As Cancer Tears Through Africa, Drug Makers Draw Up a Battle Plan “In a remarkable initiative modeled on the campaign against AIDS in Africa, two major pharmaceutical companies, working with the American Cancer Society, will steeply discount the prices of cancer medicines in Africa. Under the new agreement, the companies — Pfizer,…More


Nobel Laureate Calls For More Attention To Humanitarian, Health Crises In War-Torn Yemen; 2,151…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Interview — Nobel laureate says human suffering must end in “forgotten land” of Yemen “Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman said the world is turning a blind eye to the plight of millions of people suffering in her war-torn nation plagued by hunger and disease. … ‘The world doesn’t pay enough…More


U.S. Foreign Aid Yields ‘Tangible Results’

Baltimore Sun: America gets back as much as it gives in foreign aid Tamela Noboa, Pact board member and managing director of Discovery Learning Alliance “…What do Americans get in return for foreign assistance? A lot. For starters, we are able to stop deadly diseases before they reach our shores, promote American exports, counter violent…More


Closing Global Health Funding Gap Requires Innovative, Private Financing, Increased Domestic…

The Lancet Global Health: Getting serious about financing the end of epidemics Chris Collins, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, discusses the global health financing gap and efforts needed to close this gap, writing, “Policymakers and global health advocates should take this up with urgency and be willing to…More


Tom Petty died from a cardiac arrest – what makes this different to a heart attack and heart…

Rolling Stone magazine landed in a spot of bother on Monday after publicising news of rock star Tom Petty’s death prematurely, while others said it was the result of a heart attack rather than a cardiac arrest. Petty unfortunately did subsequently pass away, from a cardiac arrest, but it’s important to note neither a cardiac arrest nor a heart attack is synonymous with death. Albeit infrequently, sufferers of cardiac arrest can be revived and a heart attack is associated with a relatively low risk of dying within 18 months with current treatment in Australia. Both are types of heart disease, as is heart failure.


U.S., U.N. Responses To Rohingya Emergency Hampered By Lack Of Access, Growing Influx Of…

Devex: Access greatest barrier to U.S. response to Rohingya crisis “A lack of access is the biggest impediment to aid from the United States reaching the Rohingya Muslim minority in northern Rakhine state in Myanmar, U.S. officials said in a congressional hearing on Thursday. … As a result of the government and military crackdown on…More


Angola’s 2.4% HIV Prevalence Rate ‘Worrying,’ UNAIDS Country Director Says

Xinhua News: UNAIDS director says Angola’s HIV/AIDS prevalence “worrying” “Country Director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Michel Kouakou said Thursday the 2.4 percent HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in Angola is ‘worrying,’ despite the government’s efforts. UNAIDS’ actions in Angola will continue to focus on supporting the government in actions to fight the…More


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