In cities, access to quality health care varies greatly between the rich and poor, from Lagos to Washington, D.C. The poorest urban children in some developing countries are twice as likely to die as their wealthy counterparts. Steps must be taken immediately to eliminate health inequality, says charity group Save the Children. Its annual State of
Washington Post: Bill and Melinda Gates: More philanthropy can work against inequality “…In 2010, Bill Gates teamed up with his friend Warren Buffet to launch a campaign — called The Giving Pledge — to convince other super wealthy people around the world to give away at least 50 percent of their money to charity. There…More
Washington Post: Why aren’t we producing medications for looming global disease threats? Mel Spigelman, physician and president and chief executive of TB Alliance “…[A new Global Health Technologies Coalition] analysis reveals that over the past six years, [U.S.] taxpayer funding for global health research has been stagnant or declining. … Managing health threats through emergency…More
News outlets report on a study published in The Lancet showing global life expectancy is rising but people suffer more disability and illness. Deutsche Welle: Study: Global life expectancy rises “…Theo Vos, a professor at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington who led the analysis, noted that great strides…More
Washington Post: These countries will be hit hardest by water stress in the future “…A new analysis from the World Resources Institute (WRI) shows which regions are most vulnerable to water stress — in other words, the places where demand for water will be highest and supply lowest. The rankings, published on Wednesday, are based…More
Washington Post: Alzheimer’s grows on global scale as world societies age “…The World Alzheimer’s Report — which was compiled by Alzheimer’s Disease International, a U.K.-based federation of national Alzheimer’s associations — estimates that 46.8 million people worldwide have dementia. That number — which is larger than the population of Spain — will almost double every…More
Washington Post: With many Ebola survivors ailing, doctors evaluate situation “Lingering health problems afflicting many of the roughly 13,000 Ebola survivors have galvanized global and local health officials to find out how widespread the ailments are and how to remedy them. The World Health Organization calls it an emergency within an emergency…” (Petesch, 8/23).
Washington Post: The end of polio in Africa? Editorial Board “…Africa must be free of the [polio] virus for two more years, under rigorous surveillance, before the WHO can declare it polio-free. The progress so far is fragile, but real, and attention should now be focused on campaigns against polio in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the…More
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Humanosphere: Visualizing cervical cancer: Leading killer of African women Amy VanderZanden, communications data specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), examines efforts to prevent, diagnose, and treat cervical cancer in sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease is the leading cause of cancer death for women in 40 of the region’s…More
Washington Post: Putting out the fire, next time Editorial Board “…The pain and suffering [caused by the Ebola outbreak] have been immense. Now it is time to confront another hard problem: addressing the weaknesses in global response that allowed the virus to spread so rapidly. Without the urgency of another outbreak, national governments and the…More
BBC News: Nigeria Boko Haram areas ‘to get $2bn in World Bank aid’ “The World Bank has pledged $2.1bn (£1.4bn; €1.9bn) to help rebuild north-eastern parts of Nigeria, wracked by years of Boko Haram militancy, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says. Mr. Buhari was speaking in Washington after talks with World Bank officials. … Mr.
Washington Post: Data poverty makes it harder to fix real poverty. That’s why the U.N. should push countries to gather and share data. Rohini Pande, professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and co-director of the Evidence for Policy Design Initiative, and Florian Blum, economics PhD student at the London School of Economics “…A…More