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Behavior Change: Global Nutrition and Food Security Policy and the Life of the Practitioner

Habits are hard to change. We can all relate. Yet I frequently tell my patients that they should make lifestyle adjustments. For the patient population Read More

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Realistic portrayal of the scientific community needed to combat science denial

With the recent release of the movie “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” I’m seeing a few blog posts and articles pop up about the hegemonic Read More

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Reflections on a year of malnutrition

Malnutrition is frustrating. I often sit in the office, analyzing data from our programs, and feel helpless. Children who stay the same height for two Read More

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Civil society: the catalyst for ensuring health in the age of sustainable development

Sustainable Development Goal Three is rightly ambitious, but achieving it will require doing global health differently.


Why might regional vaccinology networks fail? The case of the Dutch-Nordic Consortium

We analyzed an attempt to develop and clinically test a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine for the developing world, undertaken by public health institutions from the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finla…


Taking Stock on Malaria in Rwanda

Published on June 15, 2016 in The New Times by Dean Karemera
Minister Binagwaho (L) consults with Dr Patrick Ndimubanzi, the State Minister in charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care, during the news conference in Kigali. (Nadege Imbabazi)
Rwandans have been urged to ensure that their homes and surroundings are kept clean at all times and clear bushes or stagnant water which are breeding grounds for mosquitoes.Dr Agnes Binagwaho, the Health minister, made the call, yesterday, at a news conference at the ministry headquarters.A mother and her child sleep under a mosquito net. This is one of the methods to fight against malaria. (File)She warned that, due to the warm season ahead, malaria cases could shoot up again if caution is not undertaken by homes to supplement government efforts to ensure that no person dies of malaria again.“In the fight against malaria, we’ve realised that there’s a portion that is still not fully done, and that is the maintenance of sanitation in homes and our environment.An official from Rwanda Biomedical Center speaks to the media during press conference.The government can provide bed nets, train community health workers, offer medical insurance but if we ignore the simple things such as cleanliness in our homes and environment, we won’t succeed in the fight against malaria,” she said.The minister urged the public to seek quick medical attention whenever they fall sick and people without insurance cover to get it.She added that, in a research conducted two years ago, they found out that people without medical insurance accounted for more than 3 times the deaths resulting from malaria.“Most people who die from malaria are those without medical insurance because they fear seeking medical care without it. I urge them to get medical insurance because it’s likely that malaria is going to increase. We have trained community health workers to handle cases and they are fully equipped,” she added.
Minister Binagwaho speaks during the press conference in Kigali yesterday.During the implementation of the malaria contingency plan in highly affected areas, the ministry increased the number of effective long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINS), targeted indoor residual spraying and improved the levels of malaria and behavioural management and inspection of insecticides, drugs and malaria commodities.The number of houses sprayed stands at 453,320 representing 99 per cent in five out of eight highly affected districts.Also, 2.6 million LLINS have already been distributed and an additional 6 million will be distributed by the end of this year.
Journalists listen minister Binagwaho’s remarks during the press conference yesterday in Kigali. (Photos by Nadege Imbabazi)Malaria cases have significantly reduced from 2,456,091 last year to 1,353,861 cases this year.On the issue of bed nets that were once procured and later found not to be effective, the minister said they now conduct their own testing of bed nets even after the World Health Organisation has done its own testing.This, she said is to ensure that the bed nets are up to the standards as required by MOH.“Although government is employing different methods to fight against malaria, what is most important is that we embark on maintaining cleanliness in our houses and communities. Hygiene is very important in this fight,” she said.For inquiries on the above article, please contact editorial@newtimes.co.rw.


American Medical Association Journal of Ethics feature on Rwanda’s Health Sector

In July of 2016 the AMA Journal of Ethics featured a podcast, which gives an accurate view of our current health sector. The link to the podcast is here:
http://journalofethics.ama-assn.org/podcast/ethics-talk-jul-2016.mp3


Behavior Change: Global Nutrition and Food Security Policy and the Life of the Practitioner

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Habits are hard to change. We can all relate. Yet I frequently tell my patients that they should make lifestyle adjustments. For the patient population Read More


Physical activity and gaps in global health education: why the #PEPA16 MOOC is an important…

Ann Gates is a health care leader, clinical pharmacist, and exercise educationalist. She started her career as a clinical pharmacist in the NHS but quickly became interested in leadership and service planning. Ann is CEO and founder of Exercise Works but has also worked as NHS Director of Strategic Planning and as Head of Health Strategy, for Trent Strategic Health Authority, UK. She is passionate about global health, action on inequalities, and exercise medicine. Here she shares the benefits of physical activity and her latest venture as a co-founder of a new online training resource.


Brexit: what might it mean for global health?

This week on PLOS Translational Global Health, Rhea Saksena talks all things Brexit – and what it might mean for local and global health. This week, the United Kingdom (UK) has made the unprecedented move of leaving the European Union (EU), an economic and political union of 28 member countries. After a close result, the Leave campaign won the referendum with 52% of the votes compared to 48% for the Remain campaign, with a 72.2% voter turnout. As the country now grapples to come to terms with the consequences of this election, this rejection of EU membership threatens to have a great impact on the health of people both within the UK as well as internationally. Immigration and Healthcare UK health system financing is provided through central taxation to the National Health Service (NHS)


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I’m tired and upset, and that probably isn’t the best time to write about what I think of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.  But here goes anyway. I reserve the right to think something different after I’ve slept on it. I refuse to be drawn in to bitterness, recrimination and division.


Training the next generation of global health experts: experiences and recommendations from…

Finding solutions to global health problems will require a highly-trained, inter-disciplinary workforce.


Realistic portrayal of the scientific community needed to combat science denial

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With the recent release of the movie “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” I’m seeing a few blog posts and articles pop up about the hegemonic Read More


Measuring success in global health diplomacy: lessons from marketing food to children in India

Global health diplomacy (GHD) focuses on international negotiation; principally between nation states, but increasingly non-state actors However, agreements made at the global level have to be enacted at the n…


Whose aid is most effective? Are generous donors less effective?

This blog post, co-authored with Petra Krylová and Theodore Talbot, first appeared on Views from the Center. When it comes to development aid, you might think that there is a trade-off between head and heart: that more generous donors would be less serious about making sure that their aid is used properly. There are some examples of this: Luxembourg has a large aid programme which appears to be relatively less effective compared to its peers; whereas Ireland, which spends a lower proportion of its national income on aid, has the most effective aid programme among the donors we were able to evaluate. But in a new CGD working paper, we find that these are indeed exceptions. In general, more generous donors tend also to be the most effective


Public Health or Politics: The Recent History of America’s Gun Epidemic and What Public…

James Michiel is an American public health technologist and writer. He holds an MPH in Epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health, is currently a Senior mHealth Analyst at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and also serves as a Senior Technical Consultant for NCDFREE. In this brief essay, he responds to the Orlando tragedy with an examination of the impact of America’s epidemic of gun violence and how we might use Public Health and Policy to change it. On November 14, 2013, the eminently qualified Harvard physician, Dr. Vivek Murthy, was nominated by President Barack Obama to become the 19th United States Surgeon General.


Giving Back: A mixed methods study of the contributions of US-Based Nigerian physicians to home…

There is increased interest in the capacity of US immigrants to contribute to their homelands via entrepreneurship and philanthropy.


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