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Child, Maternal Deaths Are Falling Faster Than At Any Time In History: U.N.

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact

By Joseph D'Urso LONDON, March 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Maternal and child death rates fell in every one of the poorest 49 co...

Dear Colleagues: We SUCK!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.10.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I'm not saying we are wrong. In fact, we may all be right, about everything. But we are all right about disparate and seemingly-competing bits of the same, whole truth. The result is that nobody can see that whole truth.

Senegalese Women Turn Once-Devastating Floodwaters Into Gardens

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.12.2015 | Impact

Emilie Faye is no stranger to flooding. The walls in her home are discolored from rainwater and past floods in her community, a suburb of Dakar, Seneg...

Social Equality: The Best Cure for Uterine Prolapse in Nepal

Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D. | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D.

In November of 1987, I gave birth in the plains of Nepal. Soon after, members of the Brahman (high caste) family I'd married into began literacy classes for women.

How 'Dumb Phones' Can Help Stop The Spread Of Ebola

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.06.2015 | Impact

A basic cell phone may not be able to snap the best selfies, but it can be a vital tool in preventing the spread of deadly viruses. In Ebola-strick...

Bill Gates Says Studying Dinosaurs Can Help Us Save More Kids' Lives

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.03.2015 | Impact

The bones of prehistoric beasts aren't just cool to uncover -- they can be vital tools in today's fight against malnutrition, too. In a Feb. 24 bl...

The United States and Malaria: A Long History of Smart Investments That Benefit All

Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré

For the first time, some African nations are on the way to eliminating malaria, and fewer people on the continent are being infected than ever before. This means healthier children, more vibrant economies and stronger, less burdened health systems.

A Model for the Future: Funding the End of Childhood Illness Together

Chip Lyons | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Chip Lyons

This unprecedented sum will fully fund the immunization efforts supported through Gavi from 2016 - 2020, and put implementing countries on track to immunize 300 million children in the next five years, preventing between 5 and 6 million premature deaths in the process.

Radio Stations Broadcast Lessons To Sierra Leone Kids Still Out Of School Due To Ebola

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.26.2015 | Impact

Classrooms are empty in Sierra Leone, but education hasn't ground to a halt. School has yet to resume after last year's summer break in the West Af...

Progress Toward a Polio-Free Africa: The View From Cameroon

John E. Lange | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
John E. Lange

February 11 marked six months since the onset of the last confirmed case of wild poliovirus on the African continent. That is longer than at any time in recorded history. There is now a chance that we are on the verge of a historic achievement in global health: an Africa free of wild poliovirus.

The Case for a True Health Coalition: Who Hears Whom?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

With the strength of unity, a signal of what we truly do know can rise above the din and discord.

The Important Role Fathers Can Play In Eliminating Pediatric AIDS

Julie Karfakis | Posted 04.11.2015 | Impact
Julie Karfakis

In order to eliminate pediatric AIDS, effective strategies that include men must be identified and put into action. And more importantly, Malawian men must realize that efforts to protect children from HIV infection keep families healthy, both in their own homes and in Malawi as a whole.

Social Entrepreneurship: The Way to Public Sector Efficiency May Be Through Private Sector Insights

Gopi Gopalakrishnan | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Gopi Gopalakrishnan

The public sector suffers from a serious lack of any similar feedback mechanism. There are no quick metrics available that will assist in implementation.

5 Powerful Stories About FGM/C You Need to Hear

Catherine Russell | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Catherine Russell

Female genital mutilation / cutting is not an easy subject to talk about. After all, it involves the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia.

Noncommunicable Disease - An Emerging Global Health Crisis

Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker

There is much the United States and its allies can do to help developing countries meet the NCD challenge at relatively modest cost. By placing the cancer crisis far higher on the global health agenda, we have it in our power to spare millions from needless suffering and death.

No One Needs to Die From Cervical Cancer

Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 03.29.2015 | Impact
Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN

We live in an exciting time for science and medicine. Today, we know more about the origins and treatments for diseases, such as cervical cancer, ...

Global Access To Health Care Is Now Better Than Ever Before

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 01.23.2015 | Healthy Living

Despite the fact that income inequality is rising around the world, health outcomes and access to health care are, paradoxically, becoming more and mo...

As Ebola Slows, UN Builds Treatment Clinics Despite Criticism That It 'Makes No Sense'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.23.2015 | Impact

Liberia may be winning its war against Ebola, but ongoing construction on new patient treatment centers has left some discontented. "It just makes ...

Elder Women As Agents Of Change

Savannah Russo | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Savannah Russo

From handing out condoms on township streets, to encouraging neighbors, community leaders and friends to attend the meetings held at GAPA, these elder women are becoming the social fabric tying together their community in a band of resistance against HIV/AIDS.

It Takes Us All

Jane Wales | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Jane Wales

These challenges are the result of broken, even malign systems that can be replaced by the soft infrastructure of effective governance. But no individual, entity or sector can do that alone. It takes us all.

1st Ebola Clinic For Pregnant Women Opens In Sierra Leone

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact

A new clinic is giving some of the most vulnerable Ebola patients a better chance at surviving the virus. The facility -- located in a former boys'...

Stop Killing The Good Guys! Protect Your Child's Microbiome From Antibiotic Overuse

Aviva Romm | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Aviva Romm

There's no doubt that antibiotics are a good thing. They save lives every day. As with many things, however, more is not always better. And this is certainly the case with antibiotics.

When 'Wow!' Is Not Enough

James Bernstein, MD | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
James Bernstein, MD

As far as global health causes go, sterilization is decidedly un-glamorous. It's not new -- the underlying concept has been understood for nearly two centuries; nor is it thought of as technologically cutting-edge -- the standard method of sterilization in most places is still the steam-based autoclave.

Cuba's Contributions to Local and Global Public Health

Donna A. Patterson | Posted 03.07.2015 | Politics
Donna A. Patterson

President Obama's decision to begin restoring diplomatic and economic relations with Cuba is historic, and the U.S.-Cuba detente provides a valuable impetus for Cuba to expand its local and international biomedical capacity.

Group Barrages Company With Sanitary Pads After It Harassed Workers For Menstruating

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact

One group is gathering support online in protest of an Indian company that forced female workers to be strip-searched after a personal hygiene product...