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Refugee resettlement in Philadelphia, USA: Challenges and opportunities

Michelle Munyikwa is a MD/PhD (anthropology) candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research centers on the experiences of refugees resettling in Philadelphia, PA. In Read More


The State and global health delivery

It was a rainy afternoon. I arrived at the district social affairs office for their monthly evaluation meeting just in time for Baried, the state Read More


What are We Going to do about Corruption in Global Health? Let’s Tell a Story.

In a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll from December 2015, the largest barrier to global health efforts as seen by the American public was corruption Read More


Food at the heart of healthy and sustainable cities

Urbanisation is occurring at a dramatic pace worldwide. As the Habitat III Conference draws to a close this week in Quito, Ecuador, Natalie Molino and Sudhvir Singh explore how the New Urban Agenda can be an opportunity to re-imagine a model of sustainable urban development that nourishes people and the planet.   Health and the New Urban Agenda This week, the topic of cities will be in the global spotlight at the Habitat III conference, in Quito, Ecuador. This event will result in the finalisation of the New Urban Agenda – a policy document that will guide urban development across the globe for the next two decades.

Can we eat our way to a healthier future?

The United Nations General Assembly has declared the start of the Decade of Action on Nutrition. Jamie Oliver calls it a Food Revolution. The EAT Initiative are challenging us to do it sustainably, even in some of the world’s largest cities — but to NCDFREE, it’s all going to start with a Feast Of Ideas. As part of our October series, Juliette Wittich NCDFREE’s Global Coordinator for Australasia explains how NCDFREE are taking things back to basics and starting with the 7.4 billion plates of food in front of us everyday to solve one of the biggest health challenges we are facing today. 


This started out as a longer essay. Maybe a short book. Now it’s just some random notes. Maybe I’ll finish this book and publish it. Until then, this post

Empirically evaluating the WHO global code of practice on the international recruitment of…

Shortages of health workers in low-income countries are exacerbated by the international migration of health workers to more affluent countries.

Promoting healthier diets in rural and remote communities: rethinking science and policy

While urbanisation levels are increasing worldwide, 46% of people still live in rural settings according to World Bank data from 2015. Catherine L. Mah MD PhD discusses the unique issue  faced by these rural communities in the 21st century with regards to access to a high-quality and varied diet despite geographical difficulties, and challenges the traditional self-sufficient rural stereotype by analysing the socially and economically heterogenous group that rural populations often can be.  At the port of North Sydney last October, waiting in my car for the midnight sailing of the Marine Atlantic ferry to Newfoundland and Labrador, the easternmost province in Canada, I observed two readily distinguishable features about the local and global food system. First, people go hunting here. Pickup trucks are kitted out with blue tarps and chest freezers, ready to haul moose carcasses.

Civic engagement among orphans and non-orphans in five low- and middle-income countries

Communities and nations seeking to foster social responsibility in their youth are interested in understanding factors that predict and promote youth involvement in public activities.

Give us the courage to change the things we can – the serenity prayer for development

This blog post first appeared on Views from the Center. As my friends know, I’m not religious – indeed, I fall into the ‘militant atheist’ category – but as my day job is trying to promote peace and prosperity around the world, I am often reminded of Reinhold Niebuhr’s famous ‘Serenity Prayer’: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference. This prayer was on my mind recently when I had the opportunity to respond to Rory Stewart MP, who was giving his first speech as Minister of State at the UK Department for International Development.  He brings real expertise and experience to the role, having served in East Timor, Montenegro, and Iraq; and he travelled on foot through rural districts of Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, India and Nepal, a journey totalling around 6000 miles, during which time he stayed in five hundred different village houses. Mr Stewart gave a wise speech about how Britain can play a role in global peace and stability

Are you good at your job?

In November of this year (2016) I released a mini-poll entitled “Are you good at your (aid industry) job?” It was partially my own continued train of thought from this post: Represent. I wanted to see how others – you – see them/yourselves around this question of whether just anyone can do this humanitarian aid […]

Can diets be climate friendly and reduce obesity at the same time?

As part of NCDFREE’s current focus, #FeastOfIdeas is a unique global campaign, crowdsourcing solutions worldwide to reduce the burden of NCDs. This is the first article in our October series delving deeper into how we can use food to solve our biggest health challenges. By 2050, 25 million more children will be malnourished because of climate change impacts on our food systems. Wen Hao explores how to balance the complex issue between food security and reducing obesity levels worldwide.  This startling statistic comes from a 2009 report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), which compares models of crop growth under two climate scenarios.

The oral health of refugees and asylum seekers: a scoping review

Improving the oral health of refugees and asylum seekers is a global priority, yet little is known about the overall burden of oral diseases and their causes for this population.

U.N. Security Council Selects António Guterres To Succeed Ban Ki-Moon As Next U.N. Secretary…

New York Times: Security Council Backs António Guterres to Be Next U.N. Secretary General “The United Nations Security Council reached a surprisingly swift consensus Wednesday on its choice for the next secretary general of the United Nations: António Guterres, a former prime minister of Portugal…” (Sengupta, 10/5). Wall Street Journal: U.N. Security Council Chooses António…More

Do countries rely on the World Health Organization for translating research findings into…

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) antiretroviral therapy (ART) guidelines have generally been adopted rapidly and with high fidelity by countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Refugee resettlement in Philadelphia, USA: Challenges and opportunities


Michelle Munyikwa is a MD/PhD (anthropology) candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research centers on the experiences of refugees resettling in Philadelphia, PA. In Read More

Improving Ghana’s mental healthcare through task-shifting- psychiatrists and health policy…

The scarcity of mental health professionals places specialist psychiatric care out of the reach of most people in low and middle income countries.

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