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…
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…
; 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, […]
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.
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 […]
“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
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.
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
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