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

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


Preventing Rickets Globally

This is a guest blog post by Dr. Mark Strand, IH Section Councilor and Professor in the Pharmacy Practice and Master of Public Health Departments at North Dakota State University. For the last fifteen years, I have collaborated with a group of scholars to research and prevent nutritional rickets in children. Recently our newest paper was published, a look at the global burden of disease due to rickets, and prospects for reducing this preventable disease of poverty.

Three things we need to know about “SOGI”

May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, or IDAHOT. Why should we care about IDAHOT? Because sexual orientation and gender identity, or SOGI, matters. Here are three things we need to know about SOGI: First, SOGI inclusion is about zero discrimination. Despite some legal and social progress in the past two decades, LGBTI people continue to face widespread discrimination and violence in many countries

Fixing ‘Broken Contracts System’ Would Make U.S. Foreign Assistance More Efficient

Los Angeles Times: Letter to the editor: The crippling effect of ‘America first’ policies on U.S. foreign aid Marie Clarke, executive director of the anti-poverty nongovernmental organization ActionAid USA “It’s impossible to accurately assess the impact of U.S. foreign aid without looking at how the money is spent. … Addressing corruption is important, but the…More

U.S. Congress Should Fully Fund International Affairs Programs, Ensure U.S. Foreign Assistance…

Oxfam America’s “Politics of Poverty”: Ebola: It’s not just a health problem Aria Grabowski, policy adviser for accountable development finance at Oxfam America, discusses how the “recent Ebola outbreak in [the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)] serves as a reminder for the need to have integrated development, so every nation can prevent, detect, and respond…More

When thinking of forests, don’t forget the value of trees

Over the past decade, commitments and support for Forest Landscape Restoration have grown significantly. As part of the Bonn Challenge, for instance, some 40 countries, sub-national jurisdictions, and non-governmental entities have now pledged to restore forest landscapes across 148 million hectares.  Although the environmental benefits in terms of ecosystem services, soil restoration, water, biodiversity and climate resilience are evident, the tremendous economic arguments and the value proposition for poor people living in, or nearby, the forests, are not always at the forefront of the efforts to restore landscapes.   In fact, some 1.3 billion people around the world depend on forests for their livelihood—that is 20% of the global population. This includes income from the sale of trees and tree-related products

Eradicating Poverty Remains An Urgent Challenge, U.N. Deputy SG Says At ECOSOC

U.N. News Centre: Task of eradicating poverty must be met ‘with a sense of urgency,’ says deputy U.N. chief “Eradicating poverty remains the greatest global challenge, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said [Monday], calling for a collective and comprehensive approach that recognizes the multidimensional nature the issue and its interaction with other aspects. ‘Addressing…More

Working in Global Health: Katie Kralievits

Matt Cashore / University of Notre DameDr. Salmaan Keshavjee (from left), Dr. Paul Farmer, Katie Kralievits, and Ophelia Dahl leave the University of Notre Dame following a recent book workshop. I grew up with a close connection to Haiti.

Global Health Experts Urge G20 To Take On Larger Roles In R&D For Outbreak Preparedness, NTDs,…

Devex: G20: Can the world’s richest economies innovate for global health? “…As the burden of [neglected tropical, or neglected poverty-related,] diseases shifts, and the threat of pandemics begins to hit home even in the world’s wealthiest countries, advocates are pushing for the health ministers of the G20 — gathering in Berlin later this month for…More

Cuts To Global Health Aid Under Trump Administration Could Lead To Backslide In Development…

Business Insider: Trump could threaten years of progress in eliminating poverty around the world “In late 2014, the Gates Foundation made a bold prediction in its Annual Letter: ‘By 2035,’ the letter stated, ‘there will be almost no poor countries left in the world.’ … Less than three years later, the Gates Foundation has doubts…More

Developing local capital markets to fund domestic long-term financing needs

Finance fuels economic growth and development. Yet, it is also clear that traditional funding sources – public finances, development assistance or banks loans – will not be sufficient to finance the Sustainable Development Goals. Both developed and developing countries are turning to capital markets to find new sources of funding and to attract private sector financing, investment and expertise. A key priority for the international development community is to unlock adequate private sector financing so that emerging market countries can meet their financing needs to fund strategic objectives, such as improving infrastructure. We estimate that the amount of infrastructure financing covered by the private sector could be more than doubled, if countries harness the full potential of local capital markets.

Transforming floodplains into farmlands in Zambia

When I met Esther Nyambe, she was dressed in a vibrant swirl of brown, green and violet and was pedaling a water pump. Nyambe heads a community organization in Mbeta Island, where women are taking the lead to improve access to safe water and diversify their income through climate-smart farming. Mbeta Island is surrounded by the Zambezi River and faces increasingly unpredictable floods. Climate change is a reality in this landlocked country where more than half of the population lives in poverty. The island has seen floods that can turn communities into swamps

Transnationalism and health: A systematic literature review on the health practices and behaviors of migrants

Publication date: June 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 183 Author(s): Laura Villa-Torres, Tonatiuh González-Vázquez, Paul J.

Innovation: the key to an economic revolution in Africa

An automated medicine dispensing system. A novel vaccine for a disease that disproportionately affects African infants. A low-cost device to prevent mothers dying during childbirth. This is what Africa-led innovation looks like. And it’s on the rise, at a fast pace, creating opportunities and homegrown solutions like never before.

G20 Nations Must Make More Effort To Prevent Disease Among Vulnerable Groups Within Own Borders

Devex: Opinion: G20 leadership on tackling disease would save lives and money Alan Donnelly, executive chairman of Sovereign Strategy; Willo Brock, senior vice president of external affairs for the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development; and Claire Wingfield, senior policy officer with the advocacy and public policy program at PATH “The world’s most deadly poverty…More

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