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Availability of Essential Medications for Non-Communicable and Chronic Diseases in Low and Middle Income Countries

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Availability of Essential Medications for Non-Communicable and Chronic Diseases in Low and Middle Income Countries

Non-communicable and chronic diseases (NCDs) are on the rise throughout the world, but they pose an especially great challenge in low and middle income countries (LMIC). With limited resources for healthcare and prevention, these regions, still affected by a high burden of infectious diseases, are now facing a double epidemic. Many of the chronic diseases such as diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, require medications to prevent, treat, and alleviate their painful and persistent symptoms…

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The Issue With Quinoa and Nutrition in Bolivia

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
The Issue With Quinoa and Nutrition in Bolivia

By Carlos de Mestral While I was having lunch in Quincy dining hall last week with my friend Helen, we both commented that our quinoa meal tasted delicious. I mentioned how happy it made me that such a nutritional meal actually was so pleasing to the palate. Upon agreeing with me, Helen told me something […]

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Notes from the Field: A Summer in Salone

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Notes from the Field: A Summer in Salone

By Nigel Deen In April 2010, the government of Sierra Leone declared that all healthcare services for pregnant and lactating women, and young children be free of charge, in response to the high maternal and infant mortality rate. The government of Sierra Leone launched the Health Sector Strategic Plan 2010-2015 to ensure successful implementation of […]

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An Interview with Dr. Peter Piot

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
An Interview with Dr. Peter Piot

Interviewed by Ava Carter Biosketch Peter Piot, MD, PhD is the Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Professor of Global Health. In 2009-2010 he was the Director of the Institute for Global Health at Imperial College, London. He was the founding Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the […]

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MoTeCH and m2m: Using Mobile Technology to Improve Maternal Health

| January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments
MoTeCH and m2m: Using Mobile Technology to Improve Maternal Health

By Homan Mohammadi Maternal health has been a key priority in the global health agenda for decades, as its issues, despite their persistence, are largely preventable. Despite efforts, however, death during childbirth remains one of the leading causes of mortality among women worldwide; according to a 2008 study published in The Lancet, 342,900 women die […]

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Change of Mind: Vaccines Now to be Used for Cholera Control in Haiti

| January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments
Change of Mind: Vaccines Now to be Used for Cholera Control in Haiti

By Mathieu Maheu-Giroux The cholera epidemic in Haiti is currently the largest in the world with more than 515,699 reported cases and 6,942 dead (as of 11/30/2011). Since the beginning of the outbreak the bulk of relief efforts has been concentrated on timely case management, the distribution of oral rehydration salts, improving water security, and […]

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Mapping the World’s Diseases: GIS and Spatial Analyses for Global Health

| January 29, 2012 | 0 Comments
Mapping the World’s Diseases: GIS and Spatial Analyses for Global Health

By Shalini Pammal The instant visual appeal and widespread availability of GIS mapping technologies will promote future use toward generating awareness and developing solutions for some of the most pressing global health concerns. This map depicts school locations in Boston with 1,000 foot buffers, and tobacco retailer locations. GIS was used to determine how many […]

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Caring for Kakuma

| June 28, 2011 | 0 Comments
Caring for Kakuma

~Special Online-Featured Submission~ By Alex Palmer, Contributing Writer Harvard College Class of 2012 Alex, a rising senior in Quincy House, is a Social Studies concentrator with a focus field in Ethics, Security Studies, and Humanitarianism and a language citation in Spanish. As a Michael Christian Traveling Fellow, he spent the summer of 2010 volunteering as […]

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Bring the Light

| March 24, 2011 | 0 Comments
Bring the Light

By Yang Qiu It is 7:00am Eastern Standard Time. I am on the plane bound for Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, yet still unsure how a trip to another state within the continent of North America can change the course of blindness prevention across the Pacific Ocean in People’s Republic of China. Twenty-four hours later, I would […]

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Trash, Trash Everywhere: Unregistered Slum Life in Mumbai, India

| March 24, 2011 | 2 Comments
Trash, Trash Everywhere: Unregistered Slum Life in Mumbai, India

By Laura Nolan Khan The trash. It was the first thing that hit me upon my arrival in Mumbai, India. Both times. Trash, garbage, rubbish, refuse whatever you prefer to call it. Piled high, strewn all over and sometimes collected into little mounds for clean-up. As with most public health hazards there’s more trash in […]

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