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Global Health

Silent Crisis in the Developing World

Nancy Aossey | Posted 05.29.2012 | Impact
Nancy Aossey

Burn injuries in the United States are usually easily treatable with cool water and a first aid kit. But in the developing world, millions of impoverished women and children each year suffer debilitating injuries or die from burns.

TEDxChange: Looking Ahead to a Stellar Line-Up

Melinda Gates | Posted 05.29.2012 | Impact
Melinda Gates

There's no greater honor than to take to the stage alongside a line-up of individuals from around the globe for whom I have such great respect. This year's speakers are all unique in their talents and perspectives, but they also have much in common: a strong belief in our ability to change the world for good.

World on Track to Meet MDG Safe Water Target, But Challenges Remain

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 03.22.2012 | Impact
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Safe and sustainable drinking water is essential for the health and economic well-being of the world's population, and yet 99 percent of the world's water supply is unsafe or unavailable to drink.

Few Celebrating MDG Success in Water

Ned Breslin | Posted 05.14.2012 | Impact
Ned Breslin

Access means that there is a tap nearby that people could use. Functionality means that water actually flows from that tap. Far too often the tap does not produce water, so it is therefore not effective at what the Millennium Development Goal is really trying to do -- eradicate water poverty.

International Women's Day 2012: Advancing Women's Health

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 03.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

The health status of women is linked to their fundamental freedoms and empowerment. Education and occupational opportunities as well as access to health care are crucial components for building a healthier future for women worldwide.

What If Mark Zuckerberg Were Born A Girl In Rwanda?

Kate Roberts | Posted 05.06.2012 | Impact
Kate Roberts

On Thursday, March 8, Facebook users around the world will be celebrating International Women's Day and its 2012 theme, "Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures."

To Be Rare Or to Be Neglected: For a Disease, That Is the Question

Dr Layla McCay | Posted 05.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr Layla McCay

In terms of the science, it seems that "rare diseases" are more likely to be neglected than so-called "neglected tropical diseases." Perhaps in terms of NTDs, it's not the diseases but the people who have been neglected?

The UN and Cholera in Haiti

Abby Goldberg | Posted 04.16.2012 | World
Abby Goldberg

On Monday, the United Nations Security Council began a four-day mission in Haiti to evaluate their peacekeeping and reconstruction efforts. Part of their trip will include a visit to a treatment center for victims of cholera. A visit is a good start, but not enough.

The Aging Population: Economic Growth and Global Competitiveness

Robert Hormats | Posted 04.14.2012 | Fifty
Robert Hormats

We need a focused, society-wide effort to transform our vision of aging from a time of dependency to a time of continued growth, contribution, and social and economic participation.

A Country in Constant Crisis: Maternal Health in the Central African Republic

David Lindsay | Posted 04.02.2012 | Impact
David Lindsay

Maternal health is one of the most pressing issues in developing countries. One of the worst cases is the Central African Republic, a country that is little understood and rarely visited.

Bill Gates Pledges $750 Million For Troubled Global Fund

AP | By JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 09.13.2012 | Impact

DAVOS, Switzerland -- Bill Gates pledged $750 million on Thursday to fight three killer diseases and rescue a beleaguered health fund whose financial ...

Listen Up, Davos: Global Health Is Good for Business

Mandy Moore | Posted 03.26.2012 | Business
Mandy Moore

I am really hoping that the leaders of the world's most powerful companies walk away from Davos understanding the economic importance of global health. And that they make improving global health part of their business plans.

Effective Service Delivery: Accompaniment

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 03.25.2012 | Impact
Christy Turlington Burns

For those of you who have heard of Paul Farmer, you can probably imagine him in this scene: he is trudging for miles to visit patients in their homes as they struggle to fight their own health battles.

Give a Wo(man) a Fish... Or a Farm... Or Both

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 03.24.2012 | Impact
Christy Turlington Burns

As it was explained to us, there are three root causes that lay at the core of malnutrition in the area: a lack of jobs, a lack of education, and lastly, environmental degradation.

The Million Moms Challenge: Helping Moms Around the World, One Story at a Time

Teri Whitcraft | Posted 03.20.2012 | Impact
Teri Whitcraft

Our goal: to create a vibrant community around the shared dream of a healthy pregnancy, a safe birth, and a baby who will survive and thrive -- basic human rights that all too often are simply out of reach for women in the developing world.

Do You Have a World-Changing Idea?

Bill Gates | Posted 03.12.2012 | Impact
Bill Gates

If there's one message I try to get across everywhere I go, it's this: Through innovation and generosity, the world has made amazing progress in improving the lives of its poorest people over the past 50 years.

Where There Are No Doctors, Who Can Deliver Health?

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 03.11.2012 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

What sets Florence Nightingale, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, and Heathcliff Huxtable apart from other famous health workers like Dr. House or Doogie Howser, M.D.? Tied to this answer is the key to addressing some of the world's greatest health challenges.

Will You Join Our Conversation on Women's and Children's Health?

Melinda Gates | Posted 03.05.2012 | Women
Melinda Gates

As I reflect back on what I learned this year about the progress and the challenges in women's and children's health, I'm struck by the fact that we don't need to wait for the solutions. We have them.

10 Global Health Achievements in 2011

Karl Hofmann | Posted 02.28.2012 | World
Karl Hofmann

Despite real economic pressures and many competing priorities, across the world, governments, private companies, foundations, doctors, and individual volunteers worked to create a world where opportunity and hope are not crippled by poor health.

Access to the Power of Vaccines

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 02.08.2012 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

Several major announcements have been made in recent weeks about the expansion of vaccine access to the world's poor.

Challenges at the Cutting Edge of Fighting Global Poverty

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 02.03.2012 | World
Jeffrey Sachs

A dozen clusters of villages around Africa have adopted bold and novel strategies to overcome poverty, hunger, and disease.

How Haute Couture Can Explain mHealth

Tom Murphy | Posted 01.30.2012 | Impact
Tom Murphy

As the mHealth hype grows the focus upon what ideas will lead to actual solutions cannot be lost. Ambition will lead to innovations, but poorly constructed ideas will lead to miserable failures.

Washington Leaves Millions To Die

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 01.25.2012 | World
Jeffrey Sachs

For a government that spends $1.9 billion every single day on the military, Washington's unwillingness to follow through on a $1.33 billion pledge to the Global Fund to save millions of lives is a new depth of cynicism and recklessness.

In Honor of World Toilet Day, "Let's Talk Sh*t"

Gary White | Posted 01.19.2012 | Impact
Gary White

We can all agree on the gravity of this challenge and the efficacy of solutions -- solutions that were developed more than 100 years ago. Yet today, more people have access to a cell phone than a toilet. Proper toilets and safe water are inextricably linked.

The Human Cost Of Cutting Global Health Funding

Matthew Spitzer | Posted 01.17.2012 | Impact
Matthew Spitzer

There could not be a worse time to pull back from long-standing American commitments to the health of people around the world, which is exactly what t...