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Global Health in Japan: A Moral and Economic Dilemma

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Global Health in Japan:  A Moral and Economic Dilemma

After the Great East Japan Earthquake disrupted the lives of thousands of Japanese citizens in March 2011, it was expected that Japan’s foreign assistance would be significantly diminished in favor of domestic aid. Yet, Japan has continued to be involved in global health despite the tragedy. Japan’s commitment to global health illuminates how global health […]

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Neglected: Raising Funds for the “Best Buy” in Global Public Health

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Neglected: Raising Funds for the “Best Buy” in Global Public Health

By Sheba Mathew Neglected disease campaigns, like any other, demand money, but they do it to save lives. $25 to save a life with an HIV test. $20 to save a life with six months of tuberculosis medications. $10 to save a family with a malaria net. What about fifty cents a year to save […]

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Integration of Health Services: Theory and Practices

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Integration of Health Services: Theory and Practices

In Seattle we often are fortunate enough to have access to a good health clinic or physician, where we can go for regular check-ups and screening tests, get necessary immunizations, address our reproductive health needs, get assessed and treated for many illnesses or injuries, and obtain referrals when we need care that the clinic does not provide. This kind of accessible, integrated care, with its focus on prevention, standard treatment for common health problems, and monitoring of chronic conditions is good for individuals, families, and communities. Yet many people around the world face a much different health care picture.

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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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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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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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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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The G20 Summit and Global Nutrition: What the International Community Brings to the Table

| November 21, 2011 | 0 Comments
The G20 Summit and Global Nutrition: What the International Community Brings to the Table

At the sixth annual G20 Summit this November in Cannes, France, heads of state gathered to discuss the global financial system and the Greek bailout crisis. In the final declaration published at the conclusion of the meeting, G20 members also promised to improve transparency and stability of global food commodities markets. But not represented at the G20 summit were the nations which stand most to loose in increasingly volatile food markets: low-income nations.

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Electronic Health Systems: Good for Health, Sanity, and the Environment Too

| November 19, 2011 | 0 Comments
Electronic Health Systems: Good for Health, Sanity, and the Environment Too

Shaira Bhanji Global Health Finance Columnist Paper records, the optimal means by which to capitalize on human error, characterize most current medical information systems. The results are incorrectly prescribed drugs, service delays, and lost files, which together eat about 30-50 percent of U.S. healthcare spending—a hefty $1 trillion per year.[1] Unbeknownst to many, medical errors […]

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Secondary Education for Females: A Primary Way to Prevent Overpopulation

| November 17, 2011 | 1 Comment
Secondary Education for Females: A Primary Way to Prevent Overpopulation

By Beth Kinsella Maternal & Child Health Columnist The recent occasion of 7 Billion Day on October 31st, 2011, marks both an accomplishment and challenge for humanity, requiring the global community to “unite, seven billion strong, in the name of the global common good,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon stated. “Global problems demand global solutions,” […]

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