Our favorite Hub Originals from 2016

In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of our favorite Hub Originals from 2016. The Global Health Hub publishes original pieces from writers engaged in global Read More

Reproductive Health in Madagascar

I vividly remember the beginning of my trip to Madagascar to perform reproductive health research. At the end of providing an update to my mentor Read More

The Art of Letting Go and the Mandate of Going Further

This piece was previously published in the National Medical Journal of India, Volume 29, Number 1, 2016, pages 30-31, and reprinted with permission.   In Read More


Better Blogging Through Podcasts: Announcing RadioPublic Embeds

We love podcasts: they’re like the blogging version of radio, a medium anyone can jump into and use to share their story. They introduce us to new voices and give us glimpses into new perspectives… and they pair perfectly with blogs and websites, where they can add more texture and …

‘Science Speaks’ Summarizes Sessions At IAS 2017 Conference

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: IAS 2017: Hold the phone — mobile “health wallet” could make prevention, care, and treatment cheaper, better, and accessible Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses a session at the IAS 2017 conference on the impact of mobile technology on health care (7/31). Center for…More

Making development data fit for purpose in Senegal

Launching Senegal’s ambitious twenty-year national development strategy in 2015, President Macky Sall emphasized data as central for the country to meet its development goals. The “Emerging Senegal Plan” identified education and health as pilot sectors for a new initiative to place data at the center of budget allocation decisions.

Mapping, Geospatial Data Help Advance Global Health, Development Efforts

Millennium Challenge Corporation Blog: Mapping for Sustainable Development: MCC Hosts Its First-Ever Mapathon Jon-Christian McCahill, MCC program officer for Data Collaboratives for Local Impact, discusses the role of maps in addressing global health and development challenges, and highlights the MCC’s first-ever mapathon. He writes, “The mapathon was hosted by Data Collaboratives for Local Impact (DCLI),…More

Trump Administration’s Proposed Budget Cuts Could Harm Global Health, Increase International…

Brookings Institution: How the Trump budget harms global health and weakens international stability Jake Schneider, research assistant at the Brookings Institution, and Darrell West, director and vice president of governance studies and director of the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings, discuss the potential impacts of the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to foreign assistance for…More

Measuring the double burden of air pollution

On a recent trip to China to collect data on air pollution as part of the China Kadoorie Biobank prospective cohort study, Ka Hung Chan was struck by the limitations of available personal exposure collection and monitoring devices. Without improved devices and data, we won’t clear the air on pollution in heavily burdened LMICs – and generate much needed political attention and investment in prevention.   In the latest Global Burden of Disease study, ambient and household air pollution* were together ranked the 4th leading risk factors of disease burden (after dietary risks, tobacco smoke and high blood pressure), accounting for 6.5 million premature deaths in 2015. Up to 90% of these deaths occurred in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs), many of which are undergoing industrialisation and suffering from ever-worsening ambient air pollution (AAP), as well as unresolved household air pollution (HAP) from domestic solid fuel use – this is the  ‘double burden of air pollution’.   Available evidence While AAP has been rising on the global public health agenda in recent years, early epidemiological investigations begun after the infamous 1952 London smog event

Papers selected for workshop on tracking international aid from emerging economies

Heidelberg University and AidData are pleased to announce the selection of twelve proposals for papers to be presented at a workshop on tracking international aid from emerging economies to be held this September in Heidelberg, Germany.New land emerges from the sea at the US$1.4 billion Chinese-backed Port City project near Sri Lanka’s main port,

Call for Global Open Consultations on the United Nations Cybersecurity Norms Proposal

ICT4Peace is honoured to have been invited to co-launch with Leiden University’s Program for Cyber Norms, the global open consultation on how to implement the United Nations’ Group of Governmental Experts’ Recommendations on Responsible State Behaviour in Cyberspace. Please find our Call for commentary and implementation guidelines on norms proposed in UN GGE 2015 report here.

A Brand New Editor for the WordPress Mobile Apps

Now that so many of us carry around tiny pocket-size computers, more and more of our Internet time happens on phones and tablets — not just browsing, but creating. You’ve been asking for a better publishing experience in the WordPress app to make mobile publishing smoother. Today we’re introducing a …

AidData DREAMS at #AfData17 to allocate HIV/AIDS resources more effectively

Data for Development in Africa was a two-day event demonstrating how data innovation can improve lives and livelihoods across the region. Graphic by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data On June 29-30, more than 300 representatives from country governments, regional bodies, the private sector,

The Best of Summer Edition

This month: Tips for bloggers, a new Social Icons Widget, and Haruki Murakami’s advice to young writers.

Doing good? Or do-gooder?

We all like to think our work makes a difference, even if we’re not really sure if it does. I’m well known for ‘doing good in the world’ yet even I question what that really means, or who precisely where might be better off in some way because of my chosen career path. For many people, feeling like they’re doing good is likely enough. For me, it’s not.

360° Technological change

For the World Bank, changes in the global landscape present a challenge in developing innovations and solutions that can address pressing issues around health, education, and social protection. (Photo: Simone D. McCourtie) The way we communicate, produce, and relate to technology is evolving quickly.   Tell me something I don’t know, you’ll say.

Technology Presents ‘Big Opportunity’ For Universal Health Coverage In Africa, Regional WHO…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Technology can accelerate universal health care in Africa — WHO “Integrating technology into Africa’s health care systems is key to opening them up faster to the poorest and most vulnerable people, the World Health Organization’s Africa director said. Using more technology presents a ‘big opportunity’ for rolling out universal health coverage in…More

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