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Obstetric Care Navigation: A New Model for LMICs

“Son muy enojados.” They’re very angry. It’s a phrase I’ve heard time and time again interviewing indigenous Guatemalan women about their experiences of maternal health care Read More

Does Governance Help Achieve Universal Health Coverage?

I first heard about Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in 2010. At the time, I was working with a group of economists who had just returned Read More

Crowdfunding for Global Health: a novel solution or temporary fix? 

By Elizabeth Sherwin and Katia Cnop Elizabeth Sherwin was the Watsi Fellow working with Maya Health Alliance in Guatemala for 2016-2017. Katia Cnop is a Read More

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Mass Bed Net Distribution Campaigns Across Sub-Saharan Africa Can Improve Health Equity

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Mass bed net distribution campaigns reduce health disparities across sub-Saharan Africa In a guest post, Courtney Chiaparas, writing for MEASURE Evaluation, discusses a study that examined the effectiveness of bed net distribution campaigns to prevent and control malaria across sub-Saharan Africa. Chiaparas writes, “The study makes a case…More


‘Promise To Leave No One Behind’ Links Efforts To End AIDS, Reach SDGs

Inter Press Service: AIDS Pandemic Far From Over: 37 Million Living with HIV Globally Amina J. Mohammed, U.N. deputy secretary general “…Achieving our aims on AIDS is interlinked and embedded within the broader 2030 Agenda. Both are grounded in equity, human rights, and a promise to leave no one behind. … [W]e need to do…More


Congress Should Fully Fund Global Health Programs In FY18 Budget, Including Family Planning,…

Huffington Post: Trump’s Global Health Agenda Exposes Lies And Deception Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) “…[O]ne week before the release of Trump’s proposed FY18 budget, the State Department included family planning and reproductive health as an international health program supported by U.S. global health assistance. … At that…More


“Appendix III” is critical for accelerating progress on NCDs

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) accounted for 70% of global deaths in 2015, with three quarters of these deaths occurring in low and middle income countries (LMICs). NCDs are a silent epidemic of premature and preventable death and disability from diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung disease, and mental and neurological disorders. Their main risk factors – unhealthy diets, alcohol and tobacco use, physical inactivity, and environmental determinants such as air pollution, are transmitted via unhealthy environments. They are directly and indirectly caused by commercial determinants, misaligned public policies in agriculture, commerce, education, energy, health, finance, trade, and social security, and are exacerbated by social determinants including poverty and inequity. In 2011, The United Nations General Assembly declared NCDs a global health and development challenge at a UN High-Level Summit.


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. …


Health facility management and access: a qualitative analysis of challenges to seeking…

AbstractWhile several studies have documented the various barriers that caretakers of children under five routinely confront when seeking healthcare in Uganda, few have sought to capture the ways in which caretakers themselves prioritize their own barriers to seeking services.


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


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