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Uganda Faces Challenges Of Malaria, Corruption

Writing in the GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog, GlobalPost correspondent Sasha Chavkin examines “the heavy toll taken on Ugandan children’s health by two pernicious, but very different, sorts of parasites.” She continues, “The first is the Plasmodium parasite, the mosquito-borne microorganism that causes malaria. The second are corrupt government officials, whose theft…

International Community Should Prioritize Family Planning In Refugee Settings

Writing in The Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog,” Lizzy Berryman, head of emergencies for Merlin, examines why “family planning [is] seldom prioritized in refugee settings,” noting, “Family planning remains a low-cost way of reducing pregnancy-related deaths, and one that women have told us they need time and again. But conflict-affected settings…

With PEPFAR Support, Initiative Works To Improve Palliative Care Delivery In Tanzania

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, published as part of a series of posts “written by one of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition’s 30+ member organizations,” Hayden Peters and Jeremy Taglieri of FHSSA, formerly the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa, discuss the…

New WHO Guidelines On HIV Treatment Offer Opportunities, Challenges

Writing in a Lancet opinion piece, Kenneth Mayer of Harvard Medical School and Chris Beyrer, director of the Johns Hopkins Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program and Center for Public Health & Human Rights, discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by the WHO’s revised HIV treatment guidelines recommending “earlier…

Community Health Workers Vital Component Of Achieving MDGs

Since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were implemented in 2000, community health workers (CHWs) “have … been part of an international attempt to revise primary health care delivery in low-income settings, and CHW programs have been changed accordingly,” Prabhjot Singh, co-chair of the One Million Community Health Worker campaign, and…

New Issue Of Lancet Global Health Available Online

Writing in a Lancet Global Health editorial, journal editor Zoë Mullan describes the content of the August 2013 issue. “Osman Sankoh and fellow INDEPTH Network colleagues announce a new freely accessible repository of Health and Demographic Surveillance System data generated by its member centers across Africa, Asia, and the Pacific”;…

Rape, Sexual Violence Continue In Darfur As Crisis Turns 10

“We’re at the 10-year-anniversary of the beginning of the genocide in Darfur, yet, instead of subsiding, it has been amplified this year,” columnist Nicholas Kristof writes in his New York Times column. “Darfur isn’t in the headlines anymore, partly because there has been a lull in the killing in recent…

Early ART ‘Vitally Important’ For All People Living With HIV

The new WHO HIV treatment guidelines, which advocate beginning antiretroviral therapy (ART) “when a person’s CD4 white blood cell count is relatively high,” “are a welcome step forward but fall short of the treatment goals that could and should be set,” a New York Times editorial states. “The missing ingredient…

Focus Shifts From Malnutrition To Childhood Obesity In India’s Urban Clinics

In a post in the GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog, the second in a series about child health in India, Harman Boparai, a doctor from India currently working as a Kaiser Health Reporting Fellow at GlobalPost, examines issues surrounding child health in the country, highlighting a shift in focus from malnutrition to…

World Needs More Midwives To Reduce Maternal Mortality, Achieve Health MDGs

“[M]aternal mortality remains a heavy burden in sub-Saharan Africa where around 162,000 mothers die every year, leaving close to one million African children motherless,” Ugandan midwife Esther Madudu writes in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog. “The reason is that 40 percent of African women do not receive basic prenatal…