Equity & Access


Navigating hearing disabilities in Morocco

Published with permission from Round Earth Media  By Maria Luisa Frasson-Nori RABAT, Morocco – In an inconspicuous brown building sandwiched between a tire shop and Read More

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Broken Lives: A Health Crisis in Palestine

The Arabic word samoud means steadfast perseverance. However, the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip Read More

The burden of the gift of aid

The splendor of Lake Atitlán is unreal. No water should be so blue, no sky so clear, no hills so lush. The lake is a Read More


Moving beyond the individual: Community-level #prejudice and #health

Publication date: June 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 183 Author(s): Irene V.

Contemporary issues in global health

The global health community recently descended on Washington DC for the discipline’s annual conference held under the capable auspices of the ‘Consortium of Universities for Global Health’. Many of the session topics, satellite sessions, and coffee-break conversations offered microcosmic illustrations of global health issues and evolving trends that warrant further discussion outside of this microcosm. We don’t understand what Planetary Health is, but we know it’s important The theme of the conference – healthy people, health ecosystems – was an uncontroversial choice that plays to the dominant development zeitgeist. Climate change is undeniably preeminent as a global health threat, however it is clear than no one feels particularly confident with the subject – planetary health is still too big and too complex for most. Part of the problem is that the exact definition of planetary health is still up for grabs

Investment In Adolescent Health Could Help Reduce Deaths From Preventable Causes

Fortune: More Than 1.2 Million Kids Die Each Year From Preventable Causes “More than 1.2 million young people across the world aged 10 to 19 died in 2015, according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO). And the majority were killed by preventable causes like road traffic injuries, suicides, and interpersonal violence…”…More

What is new/the same about the world’s new civic activist movements?

Bumped into Tom Carothers in the DFID foyer the other day, and he handed me a copy of a fascinating new Carnegie Endowment Report, Global Civic Activism in Flux. Late last year, Carnegie set up a Civic Activism Network that brought together 8 national experts on new forms of citizen activism in Brazil, Egypt, India, Kenya, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, and Ukraine, who each contributed chapters. …

Navigating hearing disabilities in Morocco

Published with permission from Round Earth Media  By Maria Luisa Frasson-Nori RABAT, Morocco – In an inconspicuous brown building sandwiched between a tire shop and Read More

Closing the health equity gap by redressing racism impacting indigenous populations

Publication date: July 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 184 Author(s): Annette J.

FT Health Discusses Global Drug Pricing Reform, Features Interview With Former Rwandan Health…

FT Health: Drug pricing must be reformed The latest issue of the Financial Times’ weekly global health newsletter discusses access to medicines and global drug pricing reform, and features an interview with Agnes Binagwaho, “Rwanda’s former health minister and current vice chancellor of Partners in Health’s new University of Global Health Equity.” The newsletter also…More

Vaccines Work: Leaving No Child Behind – How Pediatricians Can Contribute to Global Vaccine…

In Nepal, pediatricians meet with a caregiver and frontline vaccinators to learn how pediatricians can more effectively advocate for vaccine access. Today, more children are saved by vaccines than ever before, but over 19 million children are still missing out on these critical life-saving vaccines each year across the world (WHO, 2017). To put that in perspective, that’s almost the entire population of the state of Florida. Globally, coverage for the first dose of the measles vaccine has reached 85%, a remarkable accomplishment. Yet, in Somalia, progress in measles coverage has stagnated in the past five years, with coverage holding below 50%

May 2017 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

WHO: Bulletin of the World Health Organization The May 2017 WHO Bulletin includes editorials, news, and research and policy articles on various topics, including an editorial addressing tuberculosis and drug resistance, a research paper on equity in ownership of insecticide-treated bednets in sub-Saharan Africa, and a perspective piece on drug policy reform for noncommunicable diseases in…More

Advocates, Policymakers, Donors Must ‘Stand Up And Resist’ Trump Administration Policies…

Huffington Post: Trump’s Anti-Woman Administration and his First 100 Days. The Time to Act is Now. Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) “…Trump has done everything in his power to disempower women — their health, their well-being, their human rights. If the first 100 days are an indication of…More

Facial appearance-based evaluations of patients in healthcare context

Publication date: June 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 182 Author(s): Katia Mattarozzi, Valentina Colonnello, Francesco De Gioia, Alexander Todorov Purpose Prior research has demonstrated that healthcare providers’ implicit biases may contribute to healthcare disparities.

The effects of women’s education on maternal health: Evidence from Peru

Publication date: May 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 180 Author(s): Abigail Weitzman This article examines the causal effect of women’s education on maternal health in Peru, a country where maternal mortality has declined by more than 70% in the last two and a half decades.

County-level racial prejudice and the black-white gap in infant health outcomes

Publication date: Available online 10 April 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine Author(s): Jacob Orchard, Joseph Price Objective Black mothers are 60 percent more likely than white mothers to have preterm births and twice as likely to have a baby with low birth weight.

Concrete health opportunities

Cities will determine the health and wellbeing of populations in the 21st century: Threat or opportunity? Building a case for action The environment in which we move, work, learn, play, and eat determines our potential to achieve good health. Concrete jungles, food desserts, roads which resemble car parking lots, overpowering air and noise pollution, obesogenic environments, and isolation among density are not uncommon features of urban living – all of which predispose to physical and psychological ailments. Urbanisation, most notably mega, rapid or unplanned, currently poses a huge threat to human and environmental health, but is equally an unprecedented opportunity for action. In 2016, over 50 percent of the global population were urban dwellers

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