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Joel Lamstein
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Joel Lamstein is the president and founder of John Snow, Inc (JSI), an organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the health of individuals and communities in the United States and around the world. He is also the president of World Education, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through education, economic and social development programs.

Mr. Lamstein serves as the chair of the Global Health Council's board of directors, and is on the boards of advisors at Boston University Public Health School, the University of Michigan, School of Public Health, and the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. He is also on the board of Physicians for Human Rights and the advisory council of the Children’s Health Fund in New York.

Mr. Lamstein also co-founded Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in 1973. He has been an advisor to numerous public health programs throughout the world in issues of public health management. He received his BS in math and physics from the University of Michigan, and attended the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Entries by Joel Lamstein

Six Ways to Rebuild Liberia's Health System: What's Next for Liberia

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 5:29 PM

On June 29th, 2015, Ebola re-emerged in Liberia. Since then, international news of the outbreak has largely disappeared, but for those on the ground, the hard work of recovery is an ongoing challenge.

Despite new infections, Liberia is working toward rebuilding the health system and restoring confidence among communities to...

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Local Liberian Communities Take Action

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 11:39 AM

The fight against the Ebola epidemic is a critical global issue that has captivated the attention of the broader international community. It has been a decade since Liberia emerged from an extended civil war. During this period of reconstruction, Liberia has moved forward on a path to recovery by achieving...

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Health Workers on the Frontlines of the Ebola Epidemic in Liberia

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 9:15 AM

As we are well aware, the Ebola virus epidemic has swept across three West African countries -- Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea -- and touched others, including the United States.

In Liberia, which has suffered the worst of the epidemic, JSI Research & Training Institute,...

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Simple Solutions to Global Problems: How Two Medicines Promise Life for Mothers and Infants in Nigeria

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 5:01 PM

When each of my three children was born, a stream of nurses and doctors made sure that my wife and children would be safe. In many countries around the world, however, the situation is far different: the availability of medicines and skilled health workers are not assured. Therefore, there are...

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Using Technology to Close the Education Gap for Girls

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 4:05 PM

In March 2011, to mark International Women's Day, I wrote a blog post asking, "Can Technology Close the Gap for Girls and Women?" The ConnectEd program has been working to find out the answer as we work across the globe, and now, three years later, it is time...

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Getting Meds to Sick Kids at the End of the Supply Chain

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 1:55 PM

Imagine you are a mother living in a remote village and have to walk for hours carrying your sick baby or toddler every time your child needed care. Would you go at the slightest sign of a cold or fever, or would you wait and hope for the best? Would...

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International Women's Day: Can Technology Close the Gap for Girls and Women?

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2011 | 3:39 PM

In 1906, a woman by the name of Welthy Fisher launched a school in China to give girls the skills they needed in order to play a greater role in their society. The teaching tools this 27-year-old woman relied upon were books and chalkboards, paper and pens. Now, more than...

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U.S. Investments in Health are Working -- and Georgia Reminds Us We Must Sustain and Extend the Gains

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 11:22 AM

Twenty years ago, the countries of the former Soviet Union declared independence. Since that time, many countries in the region have experienced what can rightly be described as a revolution in women's health care. Thanks in large part to U.S. investments in the country of Georgia's health sector, for example,...

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Why Nutrition Matters

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2010 | 1:59 PM

Today's release of the Obama administration's Feed the Future implementation strategy will confirm what many in the global public health world have known for a long time - nutrition is not just important but perhaps the most critical factor to ensure a healthy life. One only has to...

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Re-Discovering U.S. Leadership: An Unlikely Contender

(10) Comments | Posted January 8, 2010 | 8:54 AM

Fifteen years ago, a conference in Cairo -- the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) -- established a groundbreaking commitment from the international community to provide universal reproductive health. The U.S. answered the call to action, and the U.S. State Department became a global leader in working toward ensuring...

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