June 26, 2014 USAID will spend up to $2.9 billion of the agency’s resources to continue the fight for maternal and child health in 24 countries. From VOA: While child deaths have dropped from 12.6 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012, 16,000 children and 800 mothers are dying every day, says the U.S. […]The post The Daily Impact: USAID launches new commitments to save the lives of mothers and children appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.
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 Read More
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 Read More
Data revolutionaries around the world (myself included) are using every forum possible to call for more and better data that is disaggregated, produced more frequently, more open, and more useable. Recently, my colleague Alex Ezeh at the African Population and Health Research Centre wrote me: “We cannot address data system challenges in Tanzania or Nigeria by holding high level meetings in New York or London.” He’s right: The path to more, better, timely, and open data starts with strengthening country governments’ core data collection, analysis, and use, whether it’s routine economic statistics or sustainable development goals. Country action should drive the revolution, bottom-up not top-down.
Seattle Times: Gates Foundation battling big new threat in malaria fight “…With more than $2 billion committed, the [Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation] is the leading private supporter of research into new treatments, vaccines, diagnostic tools, disease mapping, and other weapons to fight malaria. This research should help the foundation press the global community for…More
Devex: USAID chief: Put maternal and childhood HIV on the map “The global health community could be ‘under-reporting and under-recognizing’ HIV prevalence as a cause of child death due to a growing gap between child and adult diagnosis and treatment, according to an expert panel who spoke in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. … One possible…More
New York Times: Mapping the Risk of Bird Flu’s Spread “A strain of bird flu that has infected at least 367 people in mainland China over the past year poses a threat to several other parts of Asia, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and India, according to a new study mapping the risk posed…More
Two publications explore funding for HIV and human rights. Open Society Foundations: HIV and Human Rights: A Mapping of Donor Priorities and Trends in Southern Africa “…This briefing paper reports the findings of a 2012 study on HIV and human rights donor trends in Southern Africa, commissioned by the Open Society Foundations. It identifies opportunities…More
Omede Ogu of Nigeria’s National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP) reports on efforts to undertake mapping of malaria in the country as a basis for better planning of control and eventual elimination efforts. NMEP has been meeting with the team from the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA). Progress on pilot malaria mapping in Niger State is being reviewed, though the study is yet to be concluded. NMEP is also looking at opportunities that exist to expand their initial mapping to cover the whole of the country. Discussions are underway on next steps and development of a road map or a framework for the study going forward.
; 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