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Medicines360 and the Rise of Non-Profit Pharmaceuticals

| January 15, 2013 | 0 Comments
Medicines360 and the Rise of Non-Profit Pharmaceuticals

Reproductive health is becoming an increasingly important concern in developing countries, where it represents the confluence of three essential issues: women’s rights, health, and economics. Increasing the availability of contraceptives can address all three of these issues, yet pharmaceutical companies are often reluctant to pursue these projects because the available profit margin is small. But effective solutions to this and other global health problems need not be reliant on large pharmaceutical companies.

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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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Who Pays for Health? Global Health Financing Today and Tomorrow

| November 15, 2012 | 0 Comments
Who Pays for Health? Global Health Financing Today and Tomorrow

Baby Janelle, a two-year old living outside Kampala, Uganda, falls sick with cough, vomiting and fever. Her single mother, a day laborer in the stone quarries, is forced to choose between taking Janelle to the health center – for which she must pay herself – and paying school fees for her other two children.

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The Impact of Social Media on Medicine: Expanding the Scope of Treatment

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
The Impact of Social Media on Medicine: Expanding the Scope of Treatment

The confluence of social media and medicine has many benefits. In fact, the medical community has been able to take advantage of the power of the diverse and cohesive online community that has formed around social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to propel medical interests forward. These medical communities include an array of doctors, relief workers, patients, and advocates who would otherwise be inaccessible if the success of social networking websites had been more limited…

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Big Players, Small Players: Innovations in Mobile Health

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Big Players, Small Players: Innovations in Mobile Health

Currently, over 70 percent of the five billion wireless subscribers in the world live in low or middle-income countries. As usage expands, so does the potential for the application of mobile phones in improving healthcare. In a recent WHO report, 22 low-income countries and 29 high-income countries reported having at least one initiative in mobile […]

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Telemedicine in Developing Countries: Challenges and Successes

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Telemedicine in Developing Countries: Challenges and Successes

By Nora Eccles In rural or impoverished pockets of the world, where disease is prevalent, doctors are scarce, and health care infrastructure is inadequate, telemedicine is an innovative solution that connects the developing world to the resources of the developed world. Telemedicine, defined by the WHO as “the use of information and communications technology (ICT) […]

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Global Health Informatics: The Impact of the Internet on Peru’s Healthcare System

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Global Health Informatics: The Impact of the Internet on Peru’s Healthcare System

Information transfer through the Internet has rapidly transformed the doctor-patient relationship. Particularly in places like the U.S., almost everyone owns a computer and has easy access to a wide range of often valuable but conflicting health information with a simple mouse-click. Specifically, the state of Peru’s health informatics system provides a lens into the transformation […]

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Global Health 2.0: What Does the Future Hold?

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Global Health 2.0: What Does the Future Hold?

Imagine a world in which all people are well-informed about HIV/AIDS, travel with their medical history on a mobile phone, and have instant access to the world’s best physicians via telemedicine. These are only a few of the advances that experts have envisioned as part of the future of global health. Today’s technology is driving […]

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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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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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