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To Use or Not to Use: the Clinical Dilemma of Antimicrobials

    Understandably frustrated after 4 weeks of mild coughing, a nicely dressed businesswoman had come for an evaluation. I looked for infection in her Read More

What do we palliate? Caring for the sick and the poor

José1 is a man in his sixties from rural Guatemala with cancer spread to his bones. He describes deep aches of his shoulders and hips, Read More

The MRI evidence in favor of cash transfers

On July 15th, 2016, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank and co-founder of the non-governmental organization Partners in Health, presented striking evidence Read More

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Child mortality, commodity price volatility and the resource curse

Publication date: April 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 178 Author(s): Yousef Makhlouf, Neil M.


In Mexico, Evidence Of Sustained Consumer Response Two Years After Implementing A…

Mexico implemented a 1 peso per liter excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages on January 1, 2014, and a previous study found a 6 percent reduction in purchases of taxed beverages in 2014.


1.4M Children Face Potential Famine In 4 Conflict-Hit Nations, UNICEF Warns

Agence France-Presse: 1.4 million children face famine in four countries: UNICEF “Almost 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year from famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen, the U.N. children’s agency said Monday…” (2/20). Deutsche Welle: UNICEF warns that 1.4 million children could die from famine in four countries “…UNICEF,…More


U.K. Pledges $249M For Famine Response In Somalia, South Sudan; E.U., Norway Also Commit…

Devex: U.K. pledges $249M to South Sudan and Somalia in response to famine “The U.K. has pledged 200 million British pounds ($249 million) in humanitarian aid to Somalia and South Sudan, after the United Nations declared a famine in South Sudan and issued famine warnings for Somalia, Yemen, and Nigeria on Monday. The announcement means…More


To Use or Not to Use: the Clinical Dilemma of Antimicrobials

    Understandably frustrated after 4 weeks of mild coughing, a nicely dressed businesswoman had come for an evaluation. I looked for infection in her Read More


Harnessing the power of emotional drivers to promote behaviour change –…

I thank Peter Winch and Elizabeth Thomas for their thoughtful letter1 concerning our trial2 in The Lancet Global Health and for highlighting the profound challenges associated with changing multiple behaviours in public health interventions. To improve the effectiveness of public health strategies, we need more innovative behaviour change interventions that undergo rigorous evaluation3,4 and more debate about what works, what doesn’t, and why. It is thus vital that reports of trial outcomes be accompanied by detailed exploration of the reasons for the outcomes in the study context.


4 Nations Face Unprecedented Levels Of Hunger, Food Shortages Amid Humanitarian Crises, Experts…

The Guardian: Famine looms in four countries as aid system struggles to cope, experts warn “Famine is looming in four different countries, threatening unprecedented levels of hunger and a global crisis that is already stretching the aid and humanitarian system like never before, experts and insiders warn. Tens of millions of people in need of…More


What do we palliate? Caring for the sick and the poor

José1 is a man in his sixties from rural Guatemala with cancer spread to his bones. He describes deep aches of his shoulders and hips, Read More


CNN Video Series Examines Hunger, Malaria, How Gates Foundation Working To Address Issues

CNN: Looking Forward with Bill Gates “Despite widespread global problems like hunger and malaria, Bill Gates has an optimistic outlook on the planet’s future — along with a few ideas on how to make it even better. In this video series, CNN meets the men and women bringing those ideas to life…” (Marc et al.,…More


Soda tax debate: How does it impact the world’s poor?

The World Health Organization (WHO)’s recommendation for countries around the world to tax soda drinks to fight obesity has been met with debate over whether such recommendations would benefit the poor as the health agency intends.


On World Food Day, 5 reasons why cash transfers aren’t always the best option

Since the Asian Tsunami of 2004, providing cash to people in an emergency has become increasingly mainstream. But (babies, bath water) there is more to food response than ‘just give them the money.’ On World Food Day, Oxfam Social Protection Adviser Larissa Pelham sets out the case: The King asked The Queen, and The Queen asked The Dairymaid: “Could we have some butter for The …


News in the Humanosphere: Hunger falls by nearly one-third in developing countries

Hunger levels are “alarming” in seven countries, with Central African Republic, Chad and Zambia experiencing the worst levels, according to the 2016 Global Hunger Index.


UNICEF, MSF Warn Of Severe Food Insecurity In Boko Haram-Hit Regions Of Nigeria

Associated Press: 75,000 could starve to death in Nigeria after Boko Haram: U.N. “As many as 75,000 children will die over the next year in famine-like conditions created by Boko Haram if donors don’t respond quickly, the U.N. Children’s Fund is warning. That’s far more than the 20,000 people killed in the seven-year Islamic uprising…”…More


Kaiser Health News/NPR Examine U.S. FDA’s Priority Review Voucher Program

Kaiser Health News/NPR: Are Golden Tickets That Speed Drugs Through FDA Worthwhile? “…Members of Congress, the pharmaceutical industry, and rare disease advocates have passionately supported [priority review] vouchers as a way to spur development of drugs for rare and neglected diseases. But skeptics, including FDA officials and some academics, have questioned whether the program is…More


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