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


Why is Flint dealing with developing world problems?

Flint, Michigan seems to have been misplaced on the global map. While clearly within the confines of a Midwestern state of the wealthiest economy in Read More


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


Say You Were a Pregnant Woman in Liberia…

Photo by Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In HealthA view of the maternity ward at J.J. Dossen Memorial Hospital in southeast Liberia in 2015. PIH is nearly finished with a six-month remodel of the hospital.

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

Efforts To Train Community Midwives In Afghanistan Help Lower Country’s Infant, Child…

Washington Post: Afghan babies have been dying in huge numbers for decades. Now, something is changing. “…[A] recent Afghan government survey found that between 2001 and 2015, the nationwide mortality rate for all infants had fallen from 66 to 45 deaths per 1,000 live births, and from 87 to 55 deaths per 1,000 for all…More

Proper Handwashing Essential To Maternal, Child Health, Infection Prevention

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Let 5-year-old Sherry tell you how handwashing with soap saves lives Myriam Sidibe, social mission director for Africa at Unilever, and Siddharth Chatterjee, UNFPA representative to Kenya “…Access to good hygiene, including handwashing with soap, is an important indicator in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The fact is that there…More

‘Partisan Baubles’ Within U.S. House-Passed Zika Funding Measure Could Mean Continued Delay…

Washington Post: It’s us against Zika — whose side is Congress on? Editorial Board “…More than four months after President Obama requested nearly $1.9 billion in emergency funding to deal with a public health emergency, the House voted for $1.1 billion but saddled it with unnecessary partisan baubles. This may further delay action against the…More

Friday Think: ATMs dispense clean water in Nairobi’s slums

Last summer, in the heat and heart of Nairobi’s largest slum—surrounded by corrugated metal roofs and drainage canals flooded with raw sewage—men, women, and children lined up to get their first taste of clean water. Earlier in the year, a series of water-dispensing machines were installed through a partnership between the Nairobi Water and Sewerage […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesHow the death of my friend inspired a lifesaving delivery kitThe profound effect of girls’ dreamsMy 30 years of hope, empowerment, and politics in reproductive health ;

Haiti So Far Avoids Serious Zika Predictions, But Experts Unsure Why

Washington Post: While Latin America struggles over Zika, Haiti faces epidemic with a shrug “…The poorest nation in the region appeared to be primed for a Zika explosion, with woeful sanitation, urban overcrowding, a threadbare health system, and plenty of mosquitoes. But nearly six months after the first Zika cases were confirmed in Haiti, the…More

Global Community Should Heed WHO’s Guidance On Zika, Allow Olympic Games In Brazil To…

Washington Post: Don’t let Zika stop the Olympics Ashish K. Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, K.T. Li professor of health policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School “An expert panel convened by the World Health Organization just declared that there is no…More

The Innovation Effect: five reasons it matters

At The Innovation Effect gathering PATH hosted in Washington DC a few days ago, I opened with the intentionally provocative question: do we really need to have yet another conversation about innovation? The answer from more than 150 leading global health and development thinkers was a resounding yes. Throughout the day I heard a call to […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesHow the death of my friend inspired a lifesaving delivery kitThe Innovation Effect: powering disruptive global health solutionsATMs dispense clean water in Nairobi’s slums ;

Obama Administration Should Raise Travel Alert To Prevent Spread Of Zika Virus To U.S.

Washington Times: Stopping the spread of Zika Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology “…[N]either the CDC nor the WHO go far enough to protect the health of travelers throughout the world. While CDC alerts include special precautions for pregnant women, the warnings for men and women hardly…More

U.N. Will Continue To Assist Haiti In Improving WASH, Preventing Cholera, Envoy Says In…

U.N. News Centre: INTERVIEW: U.N. envoy spotlights improvements in water and sanitation as critical to tackling cholera in Haiti “Incidence of cholera has gone down by 90 percent in Haiti from 2011 to last year, and the United Nations will continue to help the country tackle the root causes of the disease, such as lack…More

Catching up with the Authors: Aurélie Jeandron and Ayse Ercumen on Clean Water Supply in the…

Last October PLOS Medicine published two research articles from separate groups investigating the association between continuous clean water supply and waterborne diseases.  Aurélie Jeandron and colleagues found that interruptions to the piped water supply to Ulvira, a

The last mile for malaria—and the Reach Campaign

At PATH, we believe in giving everyone the chance of a healthy life. Join us in reaching higher, so that every mother, baby, and child can have access to the vaccines, interventions, and care needed to survive and thrive. PATH has been headquartered in Washington State for almost 40 years. So when we have a […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesZambia’s bold ambition: zero malaria by 2020The battle against malaria gets a major data makeoverProtecting Kids: powerful stories of immunization from the field ;

Weekly links June 10: hardworking poor people, the practicalities of RCTs, what is clever in…

From VoxEU – people in developing countries not only earn a lot less than those in developed countries, they also work longer hours and have less leisure – as a result “Adults in poor countries …are even less productive than we thought.” All the Stata cheatsheets from Geocenter in one place In Scientific American: does financial stress literally hurt? In the Washington Post wonkblog, more evidence why the Marshmallow test is probably not measuring what you think it is – “this uncovers a broader problem with how we perceive the actions of people who live very different lives than we do. We brand certain actions and choices as mistakes, when they might simply be developmental adjustments necessary to cope with their environment. For those who don’t worry about their next meal, because they never had to, choosing a marshmallow now instead of two marshmallows in a few minutes, all things equal, could only be the result of impulse-driven folly. For those who do have to worry about the next meal, passing up food now for the promise of food later is the misguided move.”

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