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Survey Shows Widespread Support For Public Health Efforts In Africa

The Pew Research Global Attitudes Project blog reports on new survey data showing “[c]oncerns about public health are widespread in sub-Saharan Africa, and there is considerable support in the region for making public health challenges a top national priority. In particular, people want their governments to improve the quality of…

NEJM Features Articles On Global Health Issues

The New England Journal of Medicine features several pieces on global health in its current issue. In an editorial, David Hunter of Harvard School of Public Health and Harvey Fineberg of the Institute of Medicine discuss “five major forces and trends suggesting that as the 21st century progresses, a global…

Aidspan Publishes New Issue Of ‘Global Fund Observer’

Aidspan, an independent watchdog of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, has published Issue 243 of its “Global Fund Observer.” The issue includes articles on Global Fund reform, new grants, and supply chain challenges in Côte d’Ivoire, among others (5/7).

Investing In Local Capacity Will Bolster Global Nutrition Programs

Huffington Post: The Nutrition for Growth Summit One Year Later: Big Plans Require Bigger Investment in Local Capacity Kathy Spahn, president and CEO of Helen Keller International “…The Nutrition for Growth Summit and other recent initiatives throughout the global community have raised unprecedented levels of funding for nutrition programming and…

Kenyan Commitment To Affordable Maternal Health Care Exists, But Action Needed

Huffington Post: Maternal and Child Health in Kenya Annie Sparrow, deputy director of the Human Rights Program at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai “…Kenya’s challenge is now two-fold. It must expand access and information regarding health care and it must make maternal health care affordable. The commitment to…

Global Health Community Must Recognize, Address Health Care Crisis In Syria

Noting that UNICEF reported last week that the number of child refugees fleeing conflict in Syria has reached one million, a Lancet editorial states, “Syria has presented the world with a geopolitical crisis. The global community must not ignore the health crisis that continues to deepen.” The editorial continues, “After…

PLOS Blog Highlights New Articles Published In PLOS Medicine

The PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog highlights a number of new articles published in the current issue of PLOS Medicine. “Sohni Dean and colleagues identify the most important research areas for improving pre-conception care for women in low- and middle-income countries,” including integration of care into the wider health care…

Reports Examine Global Disease Burden In 6 Regions

The World Bank Group and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) have released “six regional reports as part of The Global Burden of Disease: Generating Evidence, Guiding Policy,” an IHME press release states. “The reports are based on the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study…

Online Discussion To Address Risks, Challenges Of Integrated Community Case Management

On Thursday, September 12 from 1-3pm BST, The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” will host an online discussion on child health care and integrated community case management (ICCM), “a strategy that aims to extend services beyond health facilities, by identifying and training community health workers who can deliver quality care…

Female Community Health Workers Essential To Meeting Health MDGs

John Clemens, executive director of the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog about the importance of female community health workers, who “are a cornerstone of Bangladesh’s strategy for achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5,” he states.…