Thoughts After 22 Years of Consumption and Organizing a Food System Symposium

Sarah Dwyer is passionate about developing a multidisciplinary understanding of the ways that food affects health through her work with a community-led nutrition education program Read More


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What will it take to dismantle the power structures that perpetuate inequality and bigotry in aid, philanthropy, social enterprise, and impact investing? (Plus, a sampling of resources/conversations on solidarity.)


A conversation with MacArthur Genius Gary Cohen of Health Care Without Harm

Gary Cohen is co-founder and president of Health Care Without Harm. His focus is global health care delivery and its role in promoting health equity, environmental Read More


“It feels like history”

A people’s movement is rising in Zimbabwe. Is aid and philanthropy paying attention?

Rohingya controversy muddies the waters of flood relief efforts in Myanmar’s Rakhine state

Relentless floods have been sweeping through Asia since June, displacing hundreds of millions of people from their homes in countries including China, India, Bangladesh and the Philippines. Across the region, aid groups are scrambling to coordinate disaster relief with local governments. But in Myanmar, where nearly 360,000 people have been displaced by flooding, relief efforts

Model Mental Health Care in Rwanda

Photos by Bob Muhumuza / Partners In HealthHategekimana Bashar (left), members of his family, and Mental Health Social and Community Support Coordinator Sifa Dorcas (second from right) chat outside Bashar’s home in Rwanda in July. Bashar is one of 1,200 Rwandans being treated by PIH’s pioneering mental health team. Hategekimana Bashar first began suffering from hallucinations and paranoid delusions when he was 26 years old. Dismayed, his family watched his behavior change until he was unable to care for himself, let alone his farm or cherished livestock.

News in the Humanosphere: 2 million Syrians cut off from water, warns UNICEF

Up to 2 million people in Syria’s Aleppo have gone without running water for the past 4 days, UNICEF warned Tuesday, describing the situation as “catastrophic.” The U.N. children’s agency said that the fierce fighting that has rocked Aleppo in recent weeks had damaged the electricity networks needed to pump water supplies throughout the divided

PIH’s Summer Reading Picks

Photo by Zack DeClerck / Partners In Health From a long reading list that’s circulating around PIH this summer, we’ve handpicked 12 books that we think our supporters would also enjoy, with comments from staff on why. For scholars and wonks, there are a few spectacularly researched books on the big questions in global health. For fiction fanatics, we’ve included a couple of novels based in places where PIH works. For everyone in-between, the list is mainly nonfiction, ranging from the indispensable Mountains Beyond Mountains to a story about a doctor bringing peace in a war zone. Below, our recommendations.

Moving along on the do-gooder journey

Once people decide to be outward facing, concerned about the suffering in the world and wanting to express their sense of responsibility to others, how can we invite and support them to also transform themselves?

Number Of Women, Girls At Risk Of, Survivors Of FGM In U.S. Triples Since 1990, GAO Report…

Washington Post: With 500,000 female genital mutilation survivors or at risk in U.S., it’s not just someone else’s problem “…[A] Government Accountability Office report reveals an alarming trend: the number of women and girls in the United States potentially facing or who have already suffered mutilation has grown threefold since 1990. A practice that should…More

The Guardian Profiles World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

The Guardian: How the World Bank’s biggest critic became its president “…During his four years at the bank’s monumental headquarters on H Street in Washington, [World Bank President Jim Yong Kim] has reorganized the 15,000-strong workforce to reflect a shift from managing country portfolios to tackling regional and global crises. He has redirected large portions…More

Hypertension Prevalence Higher In Low-, Middle-Income Countries Than In High-Income Nations,…

Washington Post: Hypertension is now more common in poor and middle-income countries than rich ones “Middle- and lower-income countries now have a higher rate of hypertension than high-income countries. Worldwide, the prevalence of hypertension is at a record high, according to a new study in the journal Circulation. From 2000 to 2010, the rate of…More

2M People In Aleppo, Syria, Without Running Water; U.N. Urges Humanitarian Pause In Fighting To…

Newsweek: Two Million People in Aleppo Don’t Have Access to Running Water: U.N. “The humanitarian crisis is escalating in the Syrian city of Aleppo, as two million people have lost their access to running water…” (Westcott, 8/9). NPR: 2 Million Residents Of War-Ravaged Aleppo Now Without Running Water “…The United Nations is calling for an…More

Poor Sanitation, Lack Of Access To Clean Water Increase Risk Of Disease Outbreaks In Sierra…

Agence France-Presse: S. Leone, Liberia risk Ebola-like outbreaks from poor sanitation “Sierra Leone and Liberia risk new deadly epidemics akin to the impact of the Ebola virus due to lack of clean water and hygienic conditions in most homes, an NGO warned Tuesday. WaterAid said the two provisions were the ‘first line of defense’ against…More

Lack Of WASH Access, High Number Of Stunted Children Highlight India’s Inequality, Poverty

The Guardian: India’s poor sanitation is damaging millions of children. There’s no excuse Rose George, author “…[T]here is too much about modern India that is not fair. Modern India has a massive middle class …, economic growth that makes market economists salivate, and the third largest number of billionaires. It also has 250 million people…More

Democratic Presidential Nominee Clinton Calls On Congress To Reconvene In Special Session To…

The Atlantic: Hillary Clinton to Congress: Come Back to D.C. and Fund Zika Research “Hillary Clinton has a message for congressional Republicans: Get back to work. At a Florida campaign stop on Tuesday, the Democratic presidential nominee urged members to return to Washington and pass additional funding for Zika, which public-health officials confirmed last month…More

Knowledge, Support From Local Leaders, Communities Essential To Disease Outbreak Response…

Washington Post: Two years ago, Ebola became a public health emergency. Here are 5 lessons for fighting Zika Amy S. Patterson, professor of politics at the University of the South “…My fieldwork [responding to Ebola] in Liberia this year yields five insights. 1. Communities have vital information in health emergencies

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