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Health gap between urban rich and poor getting worse

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

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Bill and Melinda Gates: More philanthropy can work against inequality

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

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U.S. Must Increase Capacity For Global Health R&D, Anticipate Global Disease Threats

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

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For True Reform, WHO Must Address Relationship With Regional Entities, Budget Size, Flexibility

Washington Post: Why proposed WHO reforms aren’t enough to deal with the next epidemic Jeremy Youde, associate professor of political science and department head at the University of Minnesota Duluth “…These reforms [approved this week by the World Health Assembly] may change how WHO operates, but they are not the sorts of reforms that will…More


China Faces Food, Nutrition Security Pressures Warranting Government Action, Report Says

Xinhua News: China’s food, nutrition security faces challenges: report “The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) said in a report Wednesday that China’s food security faces pressure that warrants government action. … China increasingly suffers from a ‘triple burden of malnutrition’ (undernourishment, micronutrient deficiencies, and obesity), according to the Washington-based institute…” (5/13).


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It’s interesting to note the emergence of two strands of discussion in the public space around humanitarian aid and development. One is the issue of chronic and/or traumatic stress and accompanying PTSD among humanitarian workers. In an earlier post I pointed out this article in The Guardian, and then a more recent offering in the […]


Investments In WASH Will Help Control, Eliminate NTDs, Other Infectious Diseases

Huffington Post: Eliminating Diseases by Investing in WASH Neeraj Mistry, managing director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases “…It is evident that WASH interventions have a multiplier effect and positively impact other health issues and development goals. As the window to achieve the MDGs comes to a close this year and we grow…More


Lancet Special Issue Examines Global Health Security, WHO Reforms In Light Of Ebola Epidemic

Media sources discuss papers published in a special issue of The Lancet examining global health security in light of the Ebola epidemic. Agence France-Presse: WHO reform needed after Ebola failure “…Researchers from the Washington-based O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law said the U.N.’s health organ urgently needed an injection of cash and expertise…More


Gates Foundation Wraps Up Global Partners Forum, Announces Child Health Surveillance Network

Humanosphere: Bill and Melinda Gates move to bolster global health basics Humanosphere founder and lead journalist Tom Paulson discusses the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s three-day Global Partners Forum held this week in Seattle, Washington, and highlights the foundation’s announcement of the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) network (5/7).


Joint Cuba-U.S. Physician Training Program Could Help West Africa Solve Health Worker Shortage

Foreign Policy: How Castro’s Doctors Could Stop the Next Ebola Outbreak Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations “…A joint U.S.-Cuban physician-training effort would not only solve the human resources crisis in the Ebola-hit nations, but would further open the doors of diplomatic cooperation between Washington, and Havana. Through…More


Health gap between urban rich and poor getting worse

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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


The cost of a knowledge silo: a systematic re-review of water, sanitation and hygiene…

Divisions between communities, disciplinary and practice, impede understanding of how complex interventions in health and other sectors actually work and slow the development and spread of more effective ones.


Lack Of WASH Access Affects Health Care In Mali, Guardian Podcast Reports

The Guardian: Water and sanitation in health centers in Mali — podcast transcript “…This is Lucy Lamble. And this month on the Guardian’s Global Development podcast we look at how health centers in Mali are affected by this problem. I visit the rural village of Diatoula and a clinic in the town of Kalabancoro; and…More


Collecting Objective Data Integral For Disaster Response Management, Recovery Process

Washington Post: We have too little data to know how to help countries like Nepal recover from natural disasters Thomas D. Kirsch, director of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health “…In medicine, we collect data about what works and what doesn’t. We run experiments; we…More


Pakistan Can Help World Reach Zero Polio Cases With Sustained Vaccination Efforts

Washington Post: Making polio history Editorial Board “Pakistan now stands as the main barrier to the global elimination of wild poliovirus. … [But the country] is rallying. There have been only 22 cases so far this year, compared with almost 60 at this time last year. Violence has abated, at least in the past month.…More


WHO Steps Up Efforts To Reach Rural Areas In Nepal After Earthquake; U.N., Partners Focus On…

International Business Times: Nepal Earthquake: In Tent Cities, Water Shortages, Open Toilets Add To Fears Of Looming Health Disaster “…In the thousands of tent communities that have bloomed across Nepal’s earthquake-hit areas since Saturday, residents whose homes were destroyed often have no choice but to use parts of the encampments as communal, open-air toilets. With…More


West African Nations Begin Ebola Recovery, But Disease Persists In Some Areas

Deseret News: As Sierra Leone emerges from Ebola crisis, new innovations are helping poor villages “…While [Ebola] has not been completely eradicated, the number of new cases has slowed to a trickle, and when the country’s president, Ernest Bai Koroma, visited Washington this week, he said it was time to turn the focus beyond Ebola.…More


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