What’s It Like to Have Malaria in a Remote Area?

  In December 2014, Sanula Kabuya was woken by the sound of her great granddaughter’s laboured breathing. Jalia, the youngest of the five children, was Read More

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Billions to trillions: Financing the global goals

Tomorrow morning, Pope Francis will kick off the UN General Assembly’s session on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and by the end of the day, the world’s leaders will have affirmed the 17 goals. This is a momentous occasion, worth celebrating, but the hard work begins Monday morning. That’s when the focus shifts from what to how. The first 16 goals cover a range of critical development needs, expanding on the Millennium Development Goals that have guided development efforts since 2000. The final SDG is qualitatively different.


Shifting to Sustainable Development Goals — Implications for Global Health 

A discussion on the shift from MDGs to SDGs – revisiting what worked — and what didn’t — and what concerns exist with the SDG health targets. Read More


Malawi and Millennium Development Goal 4: a Countdown to 2015 country case study

This case study confirmed that Malawi had achieved MDG 4 for child survival by 2013. Our findings suggest that this was achieved mainly through the scale-up of interventions that are effective against the major causes of child deaths (malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhoea), programmes to reduce child undernutrition and mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and some improvements in the quality of care provided around birth. The Government of Malawi was among the first in sub-Saharan Africa to adopt evidence-based policies and implement programmes at scale to prevent unnecessary child deaths.

Reaching Millennium Development Goal 4

2015 has come to an end, and with it the opportunity for countries—and the world—to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Here we look at how close the world has come to achieving MDG 4—ie, to reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-5 mortality rate.

Auld Lang Syne: TGH highlights from 2015

As celebrations for the birth of a new year wind-down, Assistant Editor Juliette Wittich reflects on the stand-out pieces Translational Global Health featured in 2015. When you are working on a global scale, any change can be considered “big”, but it wouldn’t be remiss to say that 2015 has indeed been a BIG year for global health. In September we saw the reimagined pathway for global equity and development with the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals in New York. In October a vision for the future of our food system was launched by the Norwegian-based EAT initiative and Danish collective Sustainia in time for World Food Day.

News Outlets Summarize 2015’s Biggest Global Health, Development Stories, Look Ahead To…

The Guardian: 2015 in review: the year’s top development stories “From the start, 2015 was billed as a crucial one for development: a year when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expired and their replacement — the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — were adopted after three years of talks. While the politicking went on at the…More

2016 Marks Beginning Of Efforts To Reach Sustainable Development Goals

U.N. News Centre: Sustainable Development Goals to kick in with start of new year “As 2015 comes to an end, and with it the 15-year cycle of the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations officially will usher in — on 1 January 2016 — an even more ambitious set of goals to banish…More

A Successful Failure: Missing the MDG4 Target for Under-Five Mortality in South Africa

by Peter Byass, Chodziwadziwa W. Kabudula, Paul Mee, Sizzy Ngobeni, Bernard Silaule, F. Xavier Gómez-Olivé, Mark A. Collinson, Aviva Tugendhaft, Ryan G. Wagner, Rhian Twine, Karen Hofman, Stephen M

What’s It Like to Have Malaria in a Remote Area?


  In December 2014, Sanula Kabuya was woken by the sound of her great granddaughter’s laboured breathing. Jalia, the youngest of the five children, was Read More

How Climate Change Can Spread Disease

Evidence suggests that a small rise in temperature has already resulted in increased transmission of diseases such as malaria and dengue fever in previously cooler Read More

WHO Report Outlines Global Health Trends, Examines SDG Health Targets

News outlets discuss a new WHO report titled Health in 2015: from MDGs to SDGs that outlines global health trends. Intellectual Property Watch: WHO Report Examines Health Achievements, Future Challenges For Implementation Of SDGs “…The WHO publication ‘Health in 2015: from MDGs to SDGs,’ presents the data and analysis for key areas outlined in the…More

From MDGs to SDGs, WHO launches new report

WHO today launched a new comprehensive analysis of global health trends since 2000 and an assessment of the challenges for the next 15 years. “Health in 2015: from MDGs to SDGs” identifies the key drivers of progress in health under the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It lays out actions that countries and the international community should prioritize to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which come into effect on 1 January 2016.

Education as a vehicle to end violence against women

Photo: Scott Wallace/World Bank The sun sets this year on the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which include the elimination of gender disparities in education at all levels. Even though the number of countries that have achieved gender parity in both primary and secondary education between 2000 and 2015 has increased from 36 to 62, girls continue to face the greatest challenges, especially in access to secondary education. The negative consequences of lack of education are visible throughout a woman’s life. An uneducated girl is less capable of making her own family planning decisions. A child bride is more likely to face health issues and psychological distress, and her children are more exposed to malnutrition and illiteracy

Prevalence and determinants of stunting in under-five children in central Tanzania: remaining…

Background: The Millennium Development Goal No 4 (MDG 4) requires countries to scale up interventions addressing malnutrition and other immediate determinants of burden of disease among children to reduce child mortality by two thirds by 2015, which is this year.

World Meets MDG 6 Targets For Malaria Reduction, Can Eliminate Disease Through Continued…

Inter Press Service: U.N. Marks Achievement in Global Malaria Reduction “…With just six weeks left for the MDGs deadline, the U.N. has announced that the MDG six targets to reverse the incidence of malaria by 2015 have been met and surpassed. Since 2000, malaria interventions have contributed to a 60 percent decline in malaria mortality…More

Investments In Nutrition Essential To Achieve Health, Education SDGs

The Guardian: We can’t achieve the Global Goals without a focus on child nutrition Saul Morris, nutrition director at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation “…[I]t is absolutely impossible that the world could achieve the third Global Goal of ensuring healthy lives for all at all ages without a major focus on nutrition. The same is…More

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