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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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


Trump Administration To Retain Ambassador Birx As PEPFAR Coordinator, ‘Showing Genuine…

Washington Post: Trump team’s compassionate act will keep up the momentum on AIDS prevention Michael Gerson, opinion writer “This Inauguration Day brings an act of compassion, outreach, and bipartisanship by the Trump leadership team. The Trump administration will retain Ambassador Deborah Birx as the coordinator of PEPFAR (the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) until…More

Blog Post Examines Potential Impacts Of Trump Administration On Emerging, Re-Emerging…

BioMed Central’s “BugBitten”: The future of emerging infectious diseases in the Trump era Krisztian Magori, editor at BugBitten and assistant professor of biostatistics in the Department of Biology at Eastern Washington University, writes, “Today marks the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States. At the dawn of this new…More

New WHO Report Examines Case Studies, Ways In Which Laws Have Improved Public Health Globally

WHO: New report offers global resource on using the law to improve health “…A new report from WHO, in collaboration with the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), the University of Sydney, and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., describes the many ways in which the law makes a crucial difference for public health. The report features…More

As 1-Year Mark Approaches, Zika Still Affects Americans; Efforts To Address Disease Must…

Washington Post: One year later, Zika still affects us all Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Edward McCabe, chief medical officer of the March of Dimes “Over the past year, we’ve seen the life-altering effects of the Zika virus on newborns. … As we approach the one-year mark of…More

Donors Should Step Up Funding To Haiti To Address Cholera, WASH Efforts

Thomson Reuters Foundation: What helping Haiti teaches us about global public health David Nabarro, U.K.’s candidate for director general of the WHO “…The scale of [effort to respond to the cholera epidemic in Haiti] really does depend on funding, and there remains a serious shortfall in both the response to cholera and the repair of…More

Symposium On Global Mental Health Offered Transdisciplinary Perspectives From Key Players

Global Public Health Journal: The Georgetown symposium on global mental health: Transdisciplinary perspectives Emily Mendenhall, assistant professor at Georgetown University, discusses conference proceedings from a one-day symposium hosted by Georgetown University on global mental health. Mendenhall writes, “This meeting followed four days of intensive meetings on global mental health in Washington, D.C., hosted by a…More

STAT Examines Potential Differences, Similarities In Health, Science Policies Between Obama,…

STAT: Obama vs. Trump: 5 ways they clash — or don’t — on health and science “Donald Trump has promised to change Washington, and he surely will. Yet while he may play some wild cards in the realms of medicine, science, and public health, you can also look for some surprising continuity with President Obama’s…More

Not As Widespread In U.S. As Once Feared, Zika Continues To Spread In Americas, Elsewhere

Washington Times: Zika largely spares U.S. as virus wreaks havoc worldwide “The Zika virus roared onto the scene last year as the scourge of the summer, but it’s slinking off the radar as 2017 dawns, having left far less devastation in the U.S. than analysts had warned. Worldwide, the situation is still dire. Thousands of…More

Haiti’s New Pathology Lab Accelerates Cancer Diagnosis

Cecille Joan Avila / Partners In HealthProphete Lagrénade, a histopathology technician, holds a tissue sample in the new pathology section of the regional reference laboratory. Inside a white-washed room the size of a generous walk-in closet, three Partners In Health laboratory technicians and a pathologist meticulously slice tissue samples and embed them in paraffin. They are the first employees to christen the new pathology section in the Mirebalais Regional Reference Laboratory. To outside observers, their work may seem tedious. But to cancer patients, it’s lifesaving

Future U.N. Engagement In Global Health Across Sectors Vital To Improve Humanity’s Well-Being

Washington Times: A ‘relentless’ promoter of health as a human right Margaret Chan, director general of the WHO “Over the past decade, health issues have attained an unprecedented prominence at the United Nations. … The focus on health in three U.N. high-level meetings illustrates the profound leadership and broad impact we have seen under ……More

Menstruation Banishment Still Practiced In Nepal Despite Bans, Deaths Of Women

Washington Post: They banished their 15-year-old for having her period. She died in a cold Nepali hut. “A 15-year-old Nepali girl died over the weekend in a hut to which she had been banished for menstruating — the latest victim of an ancient ritual that persists in parts of south Asia. … Prime Minister Pushpa…More

Opinion Pieces Examine President-Elect Trump’s Foreign Policy Team

Washington Post: Trump is unifying the fractured GOP foreign policy establishment Hugh Hewitt, host of The Hugh Hewitt Show, NBC News political analyst, and author “Candidate Donald Trump never had much in the way of support from the traditional Republican foreign policy establishment. President-elect Trump is changing that. He has surprised again, assembling a team…More

Weekly Links December 16: The best economics books of 2016, early marriage, girl survival, call…

The Call for Papers is up for the World Bank’s Annual Bank Conference on Africa. The theme is “The Challenges and Opportunities of Transforming African Agriculture.” The conference is June 2017 at UC Berkeley. Papers are due February 24. (Some support is available for African presenters whose work is accepted.) Thomas Schelling, winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2005, passed away this week.

Dr. Louise Ivers on U.N.‘s Apology for Role in Cholera Epidemic

Photo by Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In HealthDr. Louise Ivers, PIH’s senior health and policy advisor, speaks to a caretaker inside the cholera treatment center at Immaculate Conception Hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti–one of the hardest hit regions following Hurricane Matthew. One month before leaving office, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized publicly for the United Nations’ role in the cholera outbreak that has killed 10,000 and sickened 800,000 in Haiti since 2010. Most important to Haitians and their allies, he also promised to right its past wrongs.

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