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How best to prepare for epidemics? Strengthen primary care

How best to prepare for epidemics? Strengthen primary care

By Ashwin Vasan, Assistant Professor of Clinical Population Health & Medicine Columbia University, New York City, NY In global public health, 2016 was a year defined by the end of two important emergencies: Ebola and Zika. But that doesn’t mean the risk either of these viruses pose has gone away. Zika transmission continues despite the World Health […]

February 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Trump’s immigration ban fuels fear for young doctors whose jobs may be in limbo

Trump’s immigration ban fuels fear for young doctors whose jobs may be in limbo

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, which sparked protests abroad and in the U.S., is also raising fears about the impact on international medical students vying for training programs at U.S. hospitals, as well as young doctors in training from affected countries who are already working here. […]

February 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
One in seven Ebola survivors continue to suffer from ‘post-Ebola’ syndrome

One in seven Ebola survivors continue to suffer from ‘post-Ebola’ syndrome

Ebola’s forgotten victims – what we can learn from them and what we can do By Eric Delaporte, professor of Infectious  Diseases Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) Inserm, université de Montpellier, France The 2013-2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa caused thousands of deaths – precisely 11,310, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). But what […]

January 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Slum health is not urban health: why we must distinguish between the two

Slum health is not urban health: why we must distinguish between the two

By Alex Ezeh, African Population and Health Research Center; Blessing Mberu, African Population and Health Research Center, and Tilahun Haregu, African Population and Health Research Center We live in an urban century. Already more than 50% of the global population lives in urban areas. The United Nations estimates that by 2030 five billion of the world’s […]

December 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
As we all live longer, the world needs a health system revolution to cope with ageing patients

As we all live longer, the world needs a health system revolution to cope with ageing patients

By Onil Bhattacharyya, Frigon-Blau Chair in Family Medicine Research Women’s College Hospital University of Toronto All over the world, people are living longer. A large part of this is due to improved treatment for illness; we can see this in the reduction in death rates from cardiovascular disease and the 32% reduction in mortality from chronic obstructive pulmonary […]

November 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
The interactive world map of life expectancy

The interactive world map of life expectancy

The world map below shows the historical data that we have for life expectancy. Use the slider below the map to see the change over time – from Our World in Data.

November 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Record gift to UW: $210M from Gates Foundation toward bold goal of improving world’s health | The Seattle Times

Record gift to UW: $210M from Gates Foundation toward bold goal of improving world’s health | The Seattle Times

A bold initiative by the University of Washington to improve the health of all the world’s people is getting a big boost from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is writing a $210 million check to build a home for the project — the largest single donation the UW has ever received. The new building […]

October 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
People in Africa are living longer but lifestyle diseases are rising

People in Africa are living longer but lifestyle diseases are rising

By Charles Wiysonge Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa Malaria, HIV, pneumonia, and diarrhoea are the leading killers on the African continent, according to a recently released study looking at the burden of diseases across the world. In 1980 the list looked different. Then the leading […]

October 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
How can we get pharma companies to do more for global health? Try ranking them

How can we get pharma companies to do more for global health? Try ranking them

By Nicole Hassoun, Binghamton University, State University of New York From TheConversation.org The World Health Organization reports that a third of the world’s population cannot access important medicines for some of the world’s most devastating diseases, like malaria and tuberculosis. There are many reasons these drugs are out of reach of so many people, but the […]

September 21, 2016 | By | Reply More