Bill Foege is the man. You wouldn’t know it though, because he’s one of the most self-effacing guys you could meet. Try to compliment him on his singular achievements in global health, and he expertly deflects it. But behind the facade of a humble, ho-hum doctor, he’s really a social justice radical (he calls poverty … Continue reading →
This video with the Center for Global Development’s Amanda Glassman, announces the release of a new report on how the Global Fund can get the most value for its money. The draft report, titled “More Health for the Money,” has been released and is available on CGDev’s website: http://www.cgdev.org/vfm. Glassman and her colleagues are actively seeking commentary and feedback, so you can contribute your expertise. Tagged: CGDev, Global Fund, More Health for the Money, video
New podcast, graphical timeline and interview with Prof. Allan Brandt on the AIDS epidemic’s effects on medicine, culture, and the development of the new “global health.” How AIDS Invented Global Health — NEJM.
COHRED collaborated with the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health to bring host the COHRED Colloquium 2013. This meeting, held over two days in Geneva, looked through an economic lens at the investments in health research that are required to meet the needs of low- and middle-income countries. What investments have made the largest impact [...]
It’s human nature to focus first on what’s immediately in front of us. That’s usually a good thing: it keeps us from tripping. But this tendency towards myopia also has huge risks, especially when it drives national and international policy agendas. Just compare the G-20 alacrity in responding to the 2007-08 global financial crisis to [...]
When the sun rises over the Rio Grande Valley, the cries of the urracas — blackbirds — perched on the tops of palm trees swell to a noisy, unavoidable cacophony. That is also the strategy, it could be said, that local officials, health care providers and frustrated valley residents are trying to use to persuade [...]
Two new medical discoveries are raising hopes of containing malaria – the mosquito-borne parasitic disease that each year infects more than 200 million people and claims an estimated 660 thousand lives. Meantime, the World Health Organization is warning about dire consequences if a drug-resistant form of malaria spreads beyond southeast Asia. via Scientists Race to [...]
The American Psychiatric Association is about to release an updated version of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The DSM helps mental health professionals decide who has problems such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. via Why Is Psychiatry’s New Manual So Much Like The Old One? : Shots – Health News : NPR.
Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has undergone a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer. The 37-year-old mother of six has explained her reasons for having the surgery in a New York Times op-ed. The public announcement “touched my heart,” Saudi Arabian doctor Samia Al-Amoudi tells PRI’s The World. Al-Amoudi became one of the first Saudi women to go public about her breast cancer in 1996 and has been trying to reduce the stigma of breast cancer across the Arab world ever since. Then on the pod, we travel to Chile where a simple vending machine that dispenses laundry detergent makes a difference in a poor neighborhood. Finally, in Cape Town, South Africa, where Lukhanyo walks two and a quarter miles, through open fields and gang territories, and past areas where petty thieves hang out to get a high-quality education. He says he’s an easy target for robbers because of what he’s wearing: a school uniform.
An innovative program combining maternity advice and mobile phones is launching in South Africa, and could affect the lives of millions of mothers and babies. The service has already been launched in Bangladesh, and will soon come to India. via South Africa Service Uses Text Messaging to Help Expectant Mothers.
Thousands of people around the world are taking part in walks and rallies to promote traffic safety. May is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month. Traffic safety is a subject that touches the hearts of many, including the Nelson Mandela family of South Africa. via Traffic Safety at the Heart of Walks, Rallies Around the World.
Some critics say that ending polio has become Bill Gates’ “white whale.” Why not just settle for the huge drop in polio cases that we’ve seen over the past decade and then spend money on other things that kill so many more kids, like diarrhea and malnutrition? “Polio is special,” Gates tells NPR’s Robert Siegel [...]
Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a disease that could have been prevented with a safe and effective vaccine, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. via Global Immunization: Despite Successes, Much More To Do.