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Fertility and Fatality: Breaking the Link

| April 16, 2012 | 0 Comments
Fertility and Fatality: Breaking the Link

A Chadian proverb states, “A pregnant woman has one foot in the grave.” Sadly, this harrowing statement is not far from the truth.  By day’s end, more than 1,000 women will have died from a pregnancy or childbirth related complication. In the developing world, where 99% of maternal deaths occur, fertility and fatality are intimately acquainted. For an Asian or African woman, giving life is the most deadly act she can perform. More disturbing still is that these deaths are nearly always preventable. Bleeding, bacterial infections, obstructed labor and unsafe abortions are the major killers of poor women.

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Funding the Millennium Development Goals: Exploring Innovative Finance Amidst the Recession

| April 14, 2012 | 0 Comments
Funding the Millennium Development Goals: Exploring Innovative Finance Amidst the Recession

The bursting of the U.S. housing bubble in 2007 sent the global economy into a decline, eliciting budget cuts in public spending and significant decreases in voluntary contributions, particularly in the field of health. Although spending to improve health in the developing world has increased throughout the recession, the growth rate for this spending has leveled off. As countries like the United States reduce their health aid overseas, other organizations and must work harder to fight the economic effects of the financial crisis.

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mHealth: a Revolution or a Fad?

| April 13, 2012 | 1 Comment
mHealth: a Revolution or a Fad?

In today’s world, it wouldn’t be exaggerating to say that people communicate more through mobile communications than through any other mode of communication. The prevalence of mobile phones use is, quite literally, taking over the world. Around 4 billion people currently own mobile phones; that’s over half the world population. More surprisingly, almost two-thirds of mobile phone users are from developing countries. The fastest growth of mobile phone use is seen in the developing countries, and the lack of technology is hindering health care quality growth in those same countries.

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Price Discrimination in Pharmaceutical Companies: The Method to the “Madness”

| April 2, 2012 | 1 Comment
Price Discrimination in Pharmaceutical Companies: The Method to the “Madness”

Pharmaceutical companies, or what critics call “big pharma,” are often condemned for charging prices above marginal cost and price discriminating between different countries (calculating each country’s ability to pay). These practices lie at the heart of feuds such as compulsory licensing, a strategy employed by countries to obtain generic drugs. However, the economics of price discrimination demands a closer look.

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Integration: An Effective and Efficient Global Health Approach

| April 2, 2012 | 0 Comments
Integration: An Effective and Efficient Global Health Approach

Imagine addressing HIV/AIDS, malaria, and diarrhea in a single intervention.  Policymakers would be pleased at having integrated services in health plans and, more importantly, patients would receive well-rounded health care provisions.  In fact, a recent study in Kenya has done just this, proving to the global health community that this is a better approach to health interventions within a country.

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Sasha and Malia Versus the FDA

| February 29, 2012 | 0 Comments
Sasha and Malia Versus the FDA

Access to reproductive healthcare is an inflammatory subject matter, often discussed in ideological rather than medical terms. Its attachment to sexuality and social norms distracts the public, legislators, and the judiciary from the de facto result of confounding morality with medicine. In other words, notions of virtue are relevant to families, not the state, and replacing evidence-based policy with dogma leaves women without care, regardless of the circumstances that placed them in need.

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Engulfed in a Toxic Cloud: The Effects of Coal Mining On Human Health

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Engulfed in a Toxic Cloud: The Effects of Coal Mining On Human Health

The continued growth of coal mining has left communities with pervasive and irreparable damage. Until recently, however, the effects of coal on human health have been largely ignored and mining has continued without many appeals for improvement. In both the United States and China, industrial achievements have created a legacy of pollution that is taking […]

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Restructuring Urban Healthcare: Beyond the Cultural Model for Immigrants’ Healthcare Disparities

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Restructuring Urban Healthcare:  Beyond the Cultural Model for Immigrants’ Healthcare Disparities

By Sarah McCuskee Immigrant populations, including the Boston Haitian community, face staggering disparities in health. Structural issues are largely at fault—but more ambiguous “cultural” factors are often blamed as well. These factors—things like language and “health beliefs”—may be important: in 1970, Philip Tumulty wrote “what the scalpel is to the surgeon, words are to the […]

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The Silent Killer: The Effort Toward Global Elimination of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
The Silent Killer: The Effort Toward Global Elimination of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus

By Frederic Hua Clostridium tetani, the bacterium responsible for tetanus, is ubiquitous, yet its effects are found to be most devastating in developing countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated in 2008 that 59,000 newborns die from tetanus every year. Termed “maternal and neonatal tetanus” (MNT), the condition is generally caused by lack of proper […]

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From the Floodwaters Flow The Impact of Water in Bangladesh

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
From the Floodwaters Flow The Impact of Water in Bangladesh

By Michelle Lee Situated at the confluence of the Ganges, the Brahmaputra, and the Meghna Rivers, Bangladesh has a tumultuous relationship with water, a problem present in both excess and scarcity. Though the country has many water sources and receives abundant rainfall, clean water is limited and often polluted. Flooding during the monsoon season leaves […]

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