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Mapping Health Facilities in Crises – Reflections and Directions

I am wrapping up my thesis research (finally!), which focuses on the mapping of health facilities in crisis settings. Over the past 3 years, I…


Mapping Worms

Sixy years after Dr. Norman Stall envisioned an atlas of maps illustrating cases of helminth (worm) infections and control projects, a small team at the…


Towards a Less Wormy World

; By Nina Cromeyer Dieke* Nigeria is – by far – Africa’s most populous nation. It recently came to light that it is the continent’s biggest economy. It also has the highest burden of NTDs in all of Africa. Therefore, when an opportunity arose in late 2013 to run our GIS training course in Abuja, […]

IHP news 266: The IHME report on global health financing

Dear Colleagues, Some of you are on early Easter holidays, so we’ll try to keep this newsletter a bit shorter than usual. Other good reasons for keeping it brief, is that Richard Horton occasionally pops up in my dreams now (which I’d like to avoid), and that I have to pick up my son from a table tennis camp, later this afternoon. In this newsletter we focus, among other issues, on the annual IHME report, ‘Financing Global Health 2013: Transition in an Age of Austerity’. Very nice report, apparently; on Twitter we learnt Chris Murray got a well-deserved “reception like a rock star”, when the report was launched. Unfortunately, the title is just plain wrong (granted, Bono himself gets it wrong on some issues too)

ICT4Gov without ‘local gov?’ Shortcomings for youth engagement

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This is a guest post by Daniella Ben-Attar (@dbenattar) who consults for international development agencies, NGOs and corporations on areas relating to youth participation, governance, municipal capacity building, ICT4D and peace building. by Daniella Ben-Attar Youth in Mali with local authorities. ICTs are increasingly being looked to as holding great promise for improving participatory governance and citizen engagement. Mobile phones have been a game-changer in this sphere, with nearly seven billion mobile-cellular subscriptions worldwide, including 89% penetration in the developing world.

IHP news 254: Davos or Geneva, is that the question?

Dear Colleagues, Before I immersed myself in some Lancet reading this morning, I read my newspaper. You gotta know your priorities. A few headlines  struck my attention: “Michelle Obama is ‘fifty and fabulous’ “ (damn for all the ones among us who are forty and miserableJ). Right on the next page, the horrifying picture of a starved girl child in Syria – aid didn’t reach her.

The Philippines is not Haiti


A month in, more or less, and we’re now to the point in the Typhoon Haiyan response when the initial surges of various kinds are over. Fundraising has slowed. Major donors like OFDA and the EC have mostly spent what they have to spend. The initial relief effort—certainly the majority of what anyone could honestly […]

Gates Foundation Recommits To Coordinating Malaria Eradication Efforts

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“Malaria researchers believe that better coordination and new technologies, such as the use of vaccines and sophisticated disease mapping, can inject new life into the ambitious goal of eradicating the deadly illness,” AllAfrica reports in an article discussing the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “plan to synchronize the efforts of the malaria community worldwide towards…More

United Nations Every Woman Every Child teams tackle uterotonics and mag sulfate

There is so much momentum on maternal and newborn health commodities. Today we pause to take a look at some of the most important work initiated by the United Nations initiative, Every Woman, Every Child (EWEC). Three important drugs make all the difference in the management of the major killers of women in childbirth. Quality oxytocin and misoprostol address postpartum hemorrhage, while magnesium sulfate addresses eclampsia.

IHP news 244: Global health reading material for Halloween

Dear Colleagues, Tomorrow – Friday November 1st – is a holiday in Belgium, so for once we send out the IHP newsletter on Thursday. We remember our loved ones tomorrow, who passed away recently or years ago. Most of us don’t need a special day in the year to do this, but it’s a good tradition anyway.   Having said that, if they were still alive (or if they could chuckle in their graves), I would definitely recommend them the following lovely read on the disease of ‘public health’ (by Chris Snowden). He argues in marvelous prose we’re in the midst of “an epidemic of lifestyle moralism”

Ethiopia Addressing Elephantiatis With Help From Mapping Partnership

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Noting Ethiopia “recently launched its national master plan (2013-2015) for neglected tropical diseases,” Kebede Deribe, a research training fellow at the Wellcome Trust, writes in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog about the importance of mapping cases of the “two principal causes of elephantiasis, or lymphedema”: lymphatic filariasis (LF) and podoconiosis. “A new initiative…More

Can A Data Benchmarking Exercise Affect Positive Change Within Development?

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