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Change Domestic Taxation Policies to Increase Available Resources for Health

| April 27, 2013 | 0 Comments
Change Domestic Taxation Policies to Increase Available Resources for Health

The WHO document suggests that the implementation of Value Added Taxes (VAT) with a share of the revenue earmarked for the health sector, and health-specific taxes on large corporations could have medium to high fundraising potential and are likely pro-poor. Oxfam has suggested that if government leaders were to close tax loopholes that enable legal tax-dodging, some $189 billion could be raised in taxes internationally each year

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The Future of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs

| April 27, 2013 | 0 Comments
The Future of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs

Conditional cash transfer programs may need to make supply-side as well as demand-side investments in order to see the most impact on health outcomes within the developing world.

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The Obesity Epidemic on Campus

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments
The Obesity Epidemic on Campus

With an unlimited meal plan and buffet-style meals, do we Harvard students know how big our portions should be? Portions have more than doubled in the past twenty years, and the actual recommended portion sizes may be surprising. Both the type and size of food we consume are positively associated with weight gain, as seen at campus and country level.

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Financing Healthcare Initiatives with Microcredit – The Integrated Services Approach of Pro Mujer

| April 21, 2013 | 0 Comments
Financing Healthcare Initiatives with Microcredit – The Integrated Services Approach of Pro Mujer

In Mexico, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina the goals of health improvement and economic development have come together into an integrative approach developed in the 1990’s by Pro Mujer, a non-governmental organization that provides an integrated package of financial services, business and empowerment training, and primary healthcare services.

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Where are our Family Doctors? One Alternative Solution to the Shortage

| April 9, 2013 | 0 Comments
Where are our Family Doctors? One Alternative Solution to the Shortage

The way a family doctor changed his practice to fit his lifestyle presents an alternative solution to the increasing shortage of internal medicine physicians. Here is a model system completely separate from the insurance system that is set in place today. It promises a sustainable solution by acting on the long-term goal of encouraging the career field.

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Conditional Cash Transfer Programs to Improve Child Health

| April 6, 2013 | 0 Comments
Conditional Cash Transfer Programs to Improve Child Health

Conditional cash transfer programs have been instituted around the globe to address the intergenerational effects of poverty on child health. They now exist in over thirty countries, frequently targeting nutrition and education as the primary factors impacting child health.

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Cooperative But Not Conforming

| November 27, 2012 | 0 Comments
Cooperative But Not Conforming

China established its foreign aid programs soon after the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, when the country itself was short of funds. Today, China has come to the forefront as a development partner, especially in Africa. China has historically been unique as an aid-giving country. China’s presence in Africa, for example, started in 1956—around the time Bretton Woods Institutions were established with a focus on Europe. When aid from “traditional donors” stagnated in the late 2000s because of the global economic crisis, China continued increasing investment in Africa, drawing the world’s attention with the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, established in 2000.

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Public-Private Partnerships: A Double-Edged Sword

| November 16, 2012 | 0 Comments
Public-Private Partnerships: A Double-Edged Sword

The varied financial models for funding global health have caused uncertainty regarding the ideal structure of global health organizations. With a number of interests at stake – including those of governments, profit-driven initiatives, and philanthropic organizations – there are often conflicts between groups whose goals do not align.

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World Food Day: Beyond One Day

| November 13, 2012 | 0 Comments
World Food Day: Beyond One Day

In 1945, the United Nations established October 16th as World Food Day – a day dedicated to raising awareness about food security, hunger, and poverty. Although over 150 countries have celebrated World Food Day for sixty-seven years, the problem of global hunger has not yet subsided, and 870 million people continue to go hungry every day. This disconnect leaves us questioning the efficacy of these large-scale, top-down development campaigns, World Food Day included, and prompts us to search for tangible solutions to alleviate these persistent global problems.

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Forming Effective Partnerships in Global Health: One Public Health Practitioner’s Experience in Haiti

| November 13, 2012 | 0 Comments
Forming Effective Partnerships in Global Health: One Public Health Practitioner’s Experience in Haiti

It is difficult to comprehend the large scale on which global health operations run. Indeed, it is remarkable to note the myriad actors and organizations interacting to improve global public health. What is clear is that the resources at their combined disposal have the potential to provide enormous benefit to those in need. What’s not so clear, however, is the most efficient way for these groups to collaborate and form partnerships in order to maximize the use of these resources.

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