Our favorite Hub Originals from 2015

In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of our favorite Hub Originals from 2015. The Global Health Hub publishes original pieces from writers engaged Read More

“A reflexive, relentless interrogation of common sense”: Emily Yates-Doerr on anthropology, global health, and obesity

Emily Yates-Doerr is a Veni Laureate and assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. She currently is studying a United Nations initiative to improve Read More


Untouched: How 284 Liberian Communities Remained Ebola-Free

By Piet deVries, Senior WASH Advisor, Global Communities Everything changed with Ebola. For four years, Global Communities had been busy creating access to safe sanitation for communities in Liberia, helping to fight the spread of disease and improve health outcomes. Utilizing Community-Led Total Sanitation, we were making consistent progress, beginning work through the USAID-funded Improved Water, Sanitation […]


Please Register Now: ICTforAg 2016 – New Technologies for Smallholder Farmers

June 10th – Washington, DC – Register Now ICTforAg 2016 will bring together +275 thought leaders and decision makers in agriculture and technology from the international development community and the private sector to examine how new innovations can empower smallholder farmers, and the entire value chains that support them, through the use of information and communication technologies (ICT). Please register now to explore new ICT solutions that can boost the productivity of both smallholder farmers and agriculture value chains, and discuss other possible ICTs, including traditional media platforms, agribusiness IT systems, and extension agent support technologies. Our draft agenda includes the following lightning talks and breakout sessions. Be sure to register now to experience these first-hand on June 10th. We expect to sell out this week and those that are tardy will be on a wait list.

TPP Would Create ‘Damaging Monopolies,’ Hurt Health System

Washington Post: Letter to the Editor: The Trans-Pacific Partnership would worsen health crises Rohit Malpani, director of policy and analysis for Médecins Sans Frontières’s Access Campaign “The April 25 editorial ‘A healthy agreement’ suggested the [Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)] won’t significantly restrict access to medicines, including in developing countries. [However, some] countries … have seen dramatically…More

News in the Humanosphere: India in midst of worst drought in 50 Years

India is suffering. In the midst of the worst drought, it has seen in half a century, some 330 million people are currently affected, reports the government. The scarcity is so severe that schools, farms, and even hospitals cannot function – doctors don’t have enough water to wash their hands – and many people are

It’s the treatment, stupid! We’re reading why medicine is the best medicine for infectious…

Categories: What we’re readingTags: DREAMS, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Michael Gerson, Mozambique, Treatment Adherence Clubs, UNAIDS, ZambiaWhy Africa’s HIV crisis continues . . . – This opinion piece by Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson is troubling both in its assumptions and its glaring omissions. As a key Bush Administration advocate for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, Gerson is familiar with the conditions and challenges that have fueled the […](Read more…)

Continued U.S. Investment In HIV Prevention Critical To Women’s Health In Africa

Washington Post: Letter to the Editor: How Americans help Africans fight HIV Zeda Rosenberg, founding chief executive of the International Partnership for Microbicides “…Important HIV prevention programs funded by U.S. taxpayers can significantly reduce new infections among vulnerable girls and women so they can stay healthy and thrive. … There will be no silver bullet…More

Public Health Threat From TPP Agreement ‘May Be Overblown’

Washington Post: A healthy agreement Editorial Board “…No argument against the proposed [Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)] trade agreement packs more emotional punch than the claim that the deal would be bad for people’s health — and even result in avoidable deaths — both in the United States and in the 11 other signatory nations. The argument,…More

Prioritizing HIV Prevention, Treatment Among Women In Sub-Saharan Africa Critical To…

Washington Post: Why Africa’s HIV crisis continues to devastate young women Michael Gerson, opinion writer “…High rates of HIV infection among young women [in sub-Saharan Africa] are a medical crisis for which there is no purely medical answer. Norms need to be changed. The empowerment of young women has become an essential health priority. ……More

Congress, Obama Administration Should Stop Delays, Respond To Zika Immediately

Washington Post: We must zap Zika before it’s too late Editorial Board “Congress and President Obama are engaged in a needless spat over the president’s Feb. 8 request for about $1.9 billion to fight the growing danger of the Zika virus. … Further delay will degrade preparedness for a virus that carries a greater punch…More

U.S. denies entry to Syrian aid worker traveling to accept humanitarian award

The U.S. has denied entry to a Syrian aid worker traveling to accept an award for providing humanitarian assistance to tens of thousands of fellow Syrians, work supported by the U.S. government. Raed Saleh, head of Syria Civil Defence, arrived at Washington Dulles airport late Monday night and was told his visa was no longer

Why climate change doesn’t have to be a sh*t storm

In observance of Earth Day, we examine how climate change poses both threats and opportunities for the future of human sanitation, nutrition, and diarrheal disease. Photo: PATH/Patrick McKern. Here at DefeatDD, we love our home planet. We love its mountains, trees, oceans, rivers, flowers, and the beautiful diversity of animals and humans that inhabit it. But on Earth Day and every day, we’re thinking about poop.

Taxing tobacco and the new vision for financing development

As part of the 2016 World Bank Group-International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings held this past week in Washington, D.C., a fascinating panel discussion, A New Vision for Financing Development, took place on Sunday, April 17. Moderated by Michelle Fleury, BBC’s New York business correspondent, it included World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim,  Bill Gates, Justine Greening (UK Secretary of State for International Development), Raghuram Rajan (Governor of the Reserve Bank of India), and Seth Terkper (Minister for Finance and Economic Planning of Ghana).The panel was in consensus about the current challenging economic and social environment facing the world as a whole.  That environment includes low rates of economic growth across the world, drastic reductions in the price of commodities that are impacting negatively low-and middle-income countries, rising inequality, frequent natural disasters and pandemics, increased number of displaced populations and refugees due to conflict and violence spilling across national borders and continents, and the ambitious United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A question debated in the panel was, Where will the resources be found to address these challenges? This question is critical under the current scenario if countries are to continue to build on the progress achieved over the last decade and maintain previous gains.

Five (somewhat) unheard voices on Zika and pregnancy

Zika, a disease caused by Zika virus, can be spread from mother to child, through sexual contact, mosquito bites and blood transfusion. While most symptoms of Zika are mild, Zika infections in pregnant woman has been linked to microcephaly and other birth abnormalities. Zika has now been declared as a public health emergency of international concern. As a complement to the news and near panic around the illness we are featuring five unheard voices on Zika: Unheard voice 1: How politics in Brazil makes this worse “The ability of the state to properly respond to sexually transmitted diseases in general is really compromised, and there is nothing from the political point of view that is going to change soon,” says Sonia Correa, a co-chair of the Sexuality Policy Watch at the Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association in Rio de Janeiro.

Fourfold Return On Investment In Mental Health, WHO-Led Study Shows; WHO, World Bank Convene…

News outlets report on the findings of a new WHO-led study examining the return on investments in mental health, as well as a meeting convened by the WHO and the World Bank taking place this week in Washington, D.C., to address the issue. CNN: Treating anxiety, depression can help global economy, study says “…For every…More

Did point-of-use drinking water strategies for children change in the Dominican Republic during…

Point-of-use (POU) strategies to improve drinking water, particularly chlorination, are promoted within cholera epidemics when centrally delivered safe drinking water is lacking.

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